inewsource has been committed since its founding in 2009 to training the next generation of watchdog journalists. That’s why we offer paid internships throughout the year to undergraduates, master’s candidates and recent graduates.
Our interns learn investigative and computer-assisted reporting techniques from the staff and assist in producing government accountability and data-driven stories that set inewsource apart in San Diego. The interns also learn how to background story subjects, file public records requests, do accountability interviews and fact-check stories before publication.
We know classroom learning is important, but we believe the experience inewsource interns gain working in our newsroom is invaluable as they launch their journalism careers.
How to apply
Please include “Intern Application” in the subject line and note whether you are applying for a summer, fall or spring internship.
Spring 2021 — Nov. 16, 2020 (15-20 hours)
Summer 2021 — Jan. 29, 2021 (40 hours)
Fall 2021 — June 25, 2021 (15-20 hours)
Brad Racino is a freelance reporter and media consultant whose first job with inewsource was as an intern in 2012. Racino had risen to become a senior investigative reporter and assistant editor with us before returning to his home state of New York in 2021. At inewsource, he earned national awards from the Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Edward R. Murrow Awards.
Ryann Grochowski Jones
Ryann Grochowski Jones is the data editor at ProPublica, one of the largest and most successful nonprofit newsrooms in the country. A University of Missouri graduate, Grochowski started at inewsource as a data journalism intern in 2011 and was later hired as an investigative data reporter.
Quinn Owen works as a reporter and producer for the federal agencies team at ABC News, with a focus on immigration coverage. He is a reporter for ABCNews.com and a producer for “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight” and “Nightline.” A graduate of San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, Quinn interned for inewsource in 2017.
Madison Hopkins is an investigative reporter with the Better Government Association, a nonprofit news organization in Chicago. She graduated from San Diego State University and interned at inewsource for 10 months during the 2014 school year. Hopkins went on to earn her master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Leonardo Castañeda is a demographics and income inequality reporter for The Mercury News in San Jose. Castañeda grew up in Chula Vista and graduated from San Diego State University where he was the editor of the student newspaper, The Daily Aztec. After his inewsource internship ended in June 2014, Castañeda was hired on as an investigative reporter.
Lauren J. Mapp
Lauren J. Mapp is a reporter at The San Diego Union-Tribune where she covers family caregiving, elder care, social justice, Indigenous communities and food. Mapp was an inewsource intern in 2018 and 2019 before graduating from San Diego State University with a journalism degree. She also has associate degrees in journalism, culinary arts and political science from San Diego Mesa College.
Nicole Tyau is the digital editor at the Daily Journal, a California legal news publication based in Los Angeles. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in 2017. Tyau interned at inewsource for a year in 2018.
Matt Pearce is a reporter for the Los Angeles Times covering internet culture and podcasting. He has worked at the newspaper since 2012, including covering the 2020 election. Pearce was an inewsource intern in Washington, D.C., in 2011, when inewsource was called The Watchdog Institute. He interned in conjunction with completing his master’s degree in journalism at the University of Missouri.
Andrea Lopez-Villafaña is the managing editor for daily news at Voice of San Diego. After interning with inewsource in 2017 and graduating from San Diego State University with a journalism degree, Lopez-Villafaña worked as a staff writer at San Diego CityBeat, an editor, bilingual reporter and social media manager for La Prensa San Diego and a community reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Megan Wood is the engagement editor at Voice of San Diego, a nonprofit news organization. Wood joined inewsource as a photo and video intern in 2015 while completing her bachelor’s degree in journalism at San Diego State University. After graduation, she was hired as an investigative reporter and visual journalist.
Mohamed Al Elew
Mohamed Al Elew is a data reporter for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. He previously was a data intern at CalMatters, a nonprofit news organization covering California politics and policy in Sacramento. Al Elew was a data reporting intern at inewsource in 2018, when he also was editor-in-chief of The Triton, an independent student-run online news site at the University of California San Diego.
Bella Ross is San Diego-based freelance reporter. She previously was a web producer and social media specialist at inewsource, where she interned in 2019. She also interned for The San Diego Union-Tribune and Voice of San Diego. Ross earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science at San Diego State University, where she was editor-in-chief of The Daily Aztec.
Natallie Rocha covers small business and workplace issues for the San Diego Union-Tribune. She interned at inewsource during the 2019 school year, focusing on the Fix This community reporting project about the region’s infrastructure problems. Previously, Rocha interned for Fortune Magazine as a Dow Jones News Fund fellow and worked as a reporter and research specialist at the San Diego Business Journal. She graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Point Loma Nazarene University
Kate Sequeira is a general assignment reporter and web/social media producer at inewsource as well as a former intern. She graduated from the University of Southern California in May 2021 with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and contemporary Latino and Latin American studies. She also works at the Los Angeles Times with its youth-oriented community engagement programs. While at USC, Sequeira served as editor-in-chief of the Daily Trojan.
Sofía Mejías-Pascoe is a general assignment reporter at inewsource. She previously interned at several local papers, including San Diego CityBeat, Voice of San Diego and the San Diego Union-Tribune. As a former inewsource intern, Mejías-Pascoe co-reported stories on pandemic parties in a downtown San Diego high-rise apartment building and COVID-19 deaths among jail and prison inmates that went uncounted. She was hired on after graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in communication in 2021.