Meet Bridge Magazine’s 2020 summer journalism interns

Three talented young journalists join Bridge Magazine this summer as journalism interns.

The three join a staff of 12 full-time reporters and editors at the award-winning, nonpartisan publication.

Meghanlata Gupta grew up in Michigan, splitting time between her home in Ann Arbor and extended family in the Upper Peninsula. Gupta is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, and plans to focus much of her attention this summer on expanding Bridge’s coverage of Michigan’s 12 federally recognized Native American tribes.

Meghanlata Gupta

Gupta created a tribal news website called Indigenizing the News that has drawn national attention

"Native American communities and contemporary issues are often underrepresented in mainstream media,” Gupta said, “so I'm hoping to work against stereotypes and misconceptions in my work this summer." 

Gupta will be a senior at Yale University this fall, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in ethnicity, race and migration. She started her internship May 4.

 "I feel really lucky to work with such a passionate, experienced, and enthusiastic group of writers,” Gupta said. "Journalism is all about storytelling, so I hope to learn and strengthen these techniques with some of the best."

Eve Washington

Eve Washington is a junior at Columbia University in New York. The Bloomfield Hills resident is majoring in data science, and is managing editor of the campus magazine, The Eye.

The offer to work for Bridge “invigorated me and excited me for the first time in a while,” Washington said. 

She will start at Bridge on May 26, splitting time between general reporting and data analysis and visualization

“It goes without saying that I want to be a better writer at the end of the summer,” Washington said. “But on top of that, I also want to be more confident in my skills and leave having a better understanding of what my future and journalism is going to be.”

Sophia Yoon will be a junior at the University of Michigan this fall. The Gaithersburg, Maryland resident will enroll in U-M’s Ford School for Public Policy in September.

Sophia Yoon

“I'm really excited about being an intern at Bridge, because I feel like I can learn a lot from the way they relay Michigan-relevant news in an accessible manner,” Yoon said. “I’m really grateful to … help out in any way I can.”

Yoon is an arts editor at the Michigan Daily, U-M’s student newspaper, where she manages a staff of reporters who write about entertainment. Yoon will begin her internship June 1. She will be a general assignment reporter, with an emphasis on public policy issues.

“With all that's going on right now, it's crucial to keep people updated and informed on the things that are affecting their lives and the lives of people around them, and I think even being a minor part of that will really change my perspective and help me become a more informed citizen,” Yoon said.

Bridge project editor Ron French manages Bridge’s internship program. 

“We are very lucky to have three such talented young journalists join our team for the summer,” French said. “At a time when reliable, accurate news is more important than ever, Sophia, Eve and Meghanlata will reinforce our efforts to keep Michigan residents informed on the issues that impact their lives.”

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Lois Brinkman
Mon, 05/18/2020 - 9:12am

Delighted to see these women added to the summer staff. I am especially happy to hear indigenous news. Thanks .

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 11:52am

It is always good to see students getting intern opportunities, this is a good time for the students to learn a practical side to the academic they are currently immersed in. After seeing how internships that can provide student learning that can help them shape their future, thank you Bridge for creating these internship opportunities, and the nature of their careers.

Internships should be more then a summer job, they are to be a learning opportunity for the student to grow with experiences outside their current history. It seems Bridge doesn't grasp the concept of growing their interns, if anything they are reinforcing identity stereotyping, rather then have interns work in areas they will have new experiences Bridge places identity over learning. I guess Bridge editors have less confidence in their interns and more in identity stereotyping.

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 2:39pm

What about diversity?

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 6:21pm

looks pretty diverse to me.

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 6:08pm

I think all the people on this site who are mocking our President should return their stimulus checks to the Government. You are so ungrateful. If you would stop listening to the mainstream media, then you would hear the truth about our President is doing his best despite the fact that the left wing deep state has been trying to take him down every step of the way. Yes, there was a coup against this President since before he took office. If you would red pill yourselves you would understand the evil in this nation.

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 9:03am

Many Americans protesting across the country firmly believe the Democrats would be more than willing to completely destroy the economy if it meant getting rid of President Trump. They've tried everything else. American citizens aren't willing to sacrifice their homes, careers, jobs and businesses, 401K for another leftist attempt to remove a President.

There is no moderate wing of the Democrat party. If you vote for Joe Biden, you are voting for Bernie Sanders, or Elizabeth Warren's platform.. Joe will follow the radical left’s agenda or Joe won't get the support and he is.... of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Valerie Jarrett,. Rashida Talib, Stacy Abrams, Ayanna Pressley, Nancy Pelosi, Sheila Jackson Lee, Tom Perez, Maxine Waters, Al Green, and llhan Omar. This is the core of the socialists leftist wing of the Democrat party and they are firmly in charge.. Most or all have already endorsed Joe Biden, so he obviously has committed to their agenda.

Democrat Platform & Goals:
(Democrat Taxpayers pay close attention, you'll pay too)

-End all deportations of illegal aliens, if you get here, you stay. Bernie's website calls it a "moratorium" on deportations.
Democrats Yes.
Republicans No.

-Citizenship for 20 to 50 million illegal aliens, DACA & TPS recipients with a cost of billions. Democrats Yes. Republicans No.

-De-fund & terminate border patrol & ICE.
Democrats Yes.
Republicans No.

-Free Health Care for Illegal aliens, DACA, TPS recipients (taxpayer funded with one estimate at 52 trillion)
Democrats Yes.
Republicans No.

-Ending of all private / employer based health care. "Medicare for all", Feds run everything.
Democrats Yes.
Republicans No.

-Illegal Aliens eligible for welfare & food stamps. (Elizabeth Warrens plan adopted) Democrats Yes.
Republicans No

-Free college for all, including illegal aliens (taxpayer funded estimates in the billions. If you vote Democrat, don't expect to put Junior in college.....BUT you will finance the education of illegal aliens. Democrats Yes. Republicans No.

-Decriminalization of illegal entry into our country.
Democrats Yes.
Republicans No.

-Sanctuary Cities & States.
Democrats Yes.
Republicans No.

-Open Borders.
Democrats Yes.
Republicans No.

-Massive tax increases. All Democrat candidates have committed to tax increases of various amounts.
Democrats Yes tax increases.
Republicans No tax increases.

-Reparations for race's harmed by Caucasians. Joe committed this to "Reverend" Al Sharpton, support for Sheila Jackson Lee's racist reparations bill in the House. Democrats Yes.
Republicans No.

-Drivers licenses for illegal aliens.(already happening in states with Democrat leadership) Democrats Yes.
Republicans No.

-Opposed to ANY voter ID Laws.(Nancy Pelosi wanted this amendment in the first corona virus bill) I wonder why?
Democrats Yes.
Republicans No.

-AOC's green new deal.(which would create massive unemployment, 100,000 jobs estimated in the transportation industry alone.)
Democrats Yes.
Republicans No.