Oral History - Margo Reed

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In 1979, a group of recently-graduated journalism students embarked in an inaugural @dowjonesnewsfund residency that aimed to help diversify newsrooms. The program invited nine students with diverse, minority backgrounds to Bethlehem Pennsylvania. They took journalism classes from leaders in the industry before heading off to their internships for the summer, and then to their fruitful careers.

All of the students in the group went on to work in journalism. They did anything from editing to reporting to masthead-level positions at some of the largest newsrooms in the country.

In 2023, the group reunited in person for the first time in 44 years, this time alongside another pioneering group-- the Dow Jones News Fund inaugural group of audience engagement interns. I was humbled to be there to witness and film both classes working and learning alongside each other. Thank you, DJNF.

Filmed and Produced by Margo Reed for the Dow Jones News Fund

For villanova's Bella Runyan, the daughter of former Eagles offensive tackle Jon Runyan, sports runs in the family. In this piece, look. behind the scenes during a Runyan family dinner. Filmed and edited by Margo Reed for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Produced by Astrid Rodrigues.

Years after leaving her childhood home in Vietnam, Mai Kligge learned that she shared her grandfather's love for gardening. This year, she suffered a stroke and has had trouble maintaining the garden, but she’s taken to drawing and journaling about it instead. 

That's just the beginning of the story. Learn more about Mai's life in Lai Khe during the Vietnam War, how she met her husband, Fred, and how they formed a life together in Reading Pennsylvania. 

This project is funded by a FARO grant provided by a partnership between the Wyomissing Foundation and Barrio Alegría. It was produced, filmed, and edited by Margo Reed.

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