BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Senior at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication, Natalie Anderson has been chosen from 18 universities around the world to investigate federal disaster relief by participating in the prestigious Carnegie-Knight News21 multimedia reporting initiative. Anderson will travel to Arizona this summer to research and to report for the program reaching the programs third consecutive year a student has been selected for the elite News21 Fellowship.
Today, Anderson is the editor-in-chief at LSU’s student newspaper, The Daily Reveille.
Both reporting and management jobs were frequent for Anderson prior to transitioning to the role of the editor. As an experienced reporter for both the Advocate and the Natchitoches Times, Anderson has also made a mark on political stories and in the summer of 2018 she interned for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, California.
"Natalie has taken advantage of every opportunity that the Manship School offers to build her skills,” Manship School professional-in-residence Christopher Drew said. He directs the school’s experiential journalism program. “Besides working her way up to run The Daily Reveille, she has covered the Capitol for the school’s Statehouse Bureau and had great internships at newspapers. We’re not surprised that the News21 program snapped her up.”
Carnegie-Knight News21 projects have included investigations into U.S.-based hate crimes, voting rights, post-9/11 veterans, marijuana laws and guns in America over the past nine years.
“This year News21 students will begin their research and report on how the federal government has handled natural disasters, ranging from hurricanes to wildfires, over the past several decades,” Drew said.
The program will require Anderson to use all the skills she gained at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication, which is ranked as one of the strongest collegiate communication programs in the country.