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Sederick Oliver, left, chose to major in journalism at Texas Christian University because he loves writing and sees it as a pathway to an eventual career as a sports analyst, writer and broadcaster. (He’s already on his way; he cohosts his own podcast.)

Lonyae Coulter, center, a junior at TCU, enjoys the challenges of finding people to speak on all sides of an issue – especially a complicated or sensitive one, like a story she recently wrote for her college paper on whether masks should be required on campus this fall.  

Cecilia Lenzen, right, fell in love with journalism when she wrote for her high school newspaper in Irving, which led her to major in the field at the University of Texas at Arlington. She values building trust with the people she interviews so she can tell their stories well.

Last week, all three young journalists joined our newsroom as our fall class of reporting fellows. We couldn’t be more excited to help prepare them for their professional careers, and to share the stories they produce with you.

As a nonprofit news organization, we see training the next generation of fair, responsible journalists as part of our mission.

And you can help support this important work: On NTX Giving Day, you can help us raise the rest of the $5,000 we need to fund this program.

Even better: Thanks to a generous donor, every dollar you donate will be matched! Give us $25, and we’ll receive $50! You can donate now during the early giving period, or wait till the official date of Sept. 23.

Yes. I'll support student journalists!

Our new reporting fellows have big shoes to fill: Our summer reporting fellows brought you dozens of factual, impactful local stories, from a look at Tarrant County’s highest evictors to good-news stories about the new library moving into La Gran Plaza shopping center and a community garden fighting “food deserts” in southeast Fort Worth. 

We expect similar great things from this fall’s recruits, who are already working on their first stories. Look for them soon in your Fort Worth Report.

Thomas Martinez
Managing Editor

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