Congratulations to our Follow SJ Interns!
Our Hopeloft team would like to extend a big congratulations to Rachel Suga, Savannah Scarborough, and Alysa Rubin! These three young women are officially wrapping up their internships with Follow South Jersey, and we want to thank them for their hard work. Their commitment to hyperlocal, transparent reporting is what keeps our organization running and our community informed and engaged. Learn more about these ambitious student journalists by reading their bios:
Deeply hardworking, coffee-addicted Bridgeton City News Intern at Follow SJ
Self-described as ambitious almost to a fault, Rachel Suga lends her breadth of multimedia journalism experience across a sweeping spectrum, from criminology to sports to even comedy. A double major in broadcast journalism and criminology with a minor in sociology, Rachel’s drive to positively represent marginalized communities fuels her ambition and ultimate career goals of becoming an investigative reporter and, ideally, working for Dateline NBC (though, she admits, if she were to stumble upon the opportunity to work for National Geographic, she would snatch it without a second’s hesitation). At Penn State, Rachel serves as a Crime and Courts News Reporter for The Daily Collegian, one of the university’s independently run student news organizations; Vice President of PSN TV; PSN News Field Reporter; and NPPA Penn State Chapter Video Rep Executive Board Member. She is also heavily involved in a number of clubs at Penn State and holds leadership positions in several, including PR chair for Women’s Comedy Club. Rachel currently serves as the Cumberland County News Intern at Follow South Jersey, covering an array of topics across the county, and she is excited to continue developing her skill in criminal justice-related reporting through our organization.
Chicken alfredo-loving ambivert, ride-or-die Yankees fan, and Follow SJ Community Service Intern
Savannah Scarborough is a first year at Penn State University studying digital media and journalism. Writing since an early age, Savannah discovered her passion for journalism after attending a two-week immersive creative writing program at The New York Times in 2019. Her experience at the academy propelled her away from creative writing and instead towards newswriting and broadcast journalism. An NYC native, Savannah aspires to move back to the city upon graduation and work for The New York Times as an entertainment reporter. She now serves as a Web Writer for CommRadio at Penn State and the Community Service Intern for Follow South Jersey, reporting on an array of topics from upcoming community events to local grants.
Hiker, Avocado Enthusiast, and Follow SJ Public Health Intern
A sophomore at Penn State University majoring in photojournalism, Alysa Rubin has cultivated her expertise in photography for over seven years. Her drive to share people’s stories, with a particular passion for sports photography, informs her work for Onward State, one of Penn State’s news websites. Through Onward State, Alysa serves as a staff photographer and social media editor for the most followed student-run media outlet, photographing Penn State’s Division 1 sports teams. Alysa prides herself in her ambition and ability to put her best foot forward, and is excited to dive headfirst into covering hyperlocal community news as Follow South Jersey’s Public Health Intern. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a career in sports media as a team photographer or social media guru.
A big thank you again to these young reporters! Congratulations on an excellent internship experience!
A Hopeloft project, Follow South Jersey is a hyperlocal news source dedicated to transparent, diverse reporting that reflects the voices of our South Jersey communities. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Follow SJ is largely powered by embedded student journalists reporting on critical beats, from child welfare to community service. Please help Follow SJ continue training and employing interns by following @followsouthjerseynews on social media, subscribing to their newsletter, and staying informed via their website.