Turner alumnus, future journalist gets internship at Washington Post

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Photo provided (From left): University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students and School District of Beloit Turner alumni Clara Neupert and Erica Jones pose for a photo after Neupert was named the 2019 Devroy Fellowship winner. Jones was the 2018 Devroy Fellowship winner.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - Future journalist and School District of Beloit Turner alumnus Clara Neupert is set to travel to the nation's capital for a internship at the Washington Post.

Last month, Neupert, a junior at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, was selected as the 2019 Devroy Fellowship winner. The university-run program will allow Neupert to shadow and learn from journalists at the Washington Post for three weeks in January of 2020, and she will be eligible to apply for an internship at a local Wisconsin newspaper during the summer of that year.

Fellow Turner alumnus Erica Jones, the 2018 Devroy Fellow, recently presented Neupert was this year's fellow. Neupert said she was shocked two alumni from Turner were selected for this prestigious fellowship.

After graduation, Neupert said she's hoping to go into radio as a career. After developing her skills at the university's student newspaper, she now enjoys reporting news stories at the student radio station. Neupert said working with audio adds another layer to storytelling. Her dream is to work at National Public Radio.

Neupert describes the Washington Post internship as an immerse experience, where she's hoping to learn more about how the organization creates its podcasts. She also is looking forward to working in a large newsroom and shadowing reporters who are doing investigative pieces and covering the 2020 election.

"What drew me to journalism is the opportunity to tell stories that matter and make a change," Neupert said. "I want to do something that can help people and give back to the world."

Each year the university awards the Ann Devroy Memorial Fellowship to one promising journalism student. Devroy was a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate and White House reporter for the Post. A memorial fund was started by Devroy's family and colleagues at The Washington Post after she died of cancer in 1997 at the age of 49. The scholarship fund awards at least $2,000 annually to a student who shows promise as a journalist and has made contributions to on-campus journalism.

"She's a legend in their newsroom for how outstanding she was as a person and a reporter," Neupert said. "It's following in her footsteps. I'm super excited for this experience."

After graduation, Neupert said she will go wherever she secures employment, which could include the Eau Claire area or possibly even her hometown.

"I feel like there's a lot of stories in Beloit as well," she said.

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