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June 23, 2017

First Gwen Ifill Scholarship Recipient Comes to NJTV This Summer

Jephtane Sophie Sabin, a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab alum and the first recipient of the Gwen Ifill Fellowship, will join NJTV this summer as a Digital Media Intern for NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams. Sophie (the name she prefers to go by), is an aspiring high school senior at Montclair Kimberly Academy.

The Gwen Ifill Fellowship was established by WETA in 2016, and it will provide paid summer internships for female students at their local PBS stations.

As an intern, Sophie will provide web production assistance, help the Digital Team in video editing and creating web-specific content, observe and participate in studio and location shoots, and conduct topical program research, fact-checking, transcription work, script assembly and more. In addition, she will produce her own news story for the Digital Team, Student Reporting Labs and PBS NewsHour.

Previously, Sophie participated in American Graduate Day and as a result, NJTV News correspondent Lauren Wanko became her mentor.

In an article about Gwen Ifill, her life, her career, and her inspiration for young girls, The New York Times profiled Sophie and how Ifill influenced and impacted her as a young middle schooler in Newark, New Jersey.

Sophie Sabin, left, Gwen Ifill and Kennedy Huff meet during PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs academy in August 2014. Photo by Seth Ram

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