The American News Women’s Club awards scholarships to three or four journalism students each year. The 2014 ANWC Scholars are all aspiring journalists who have demonstrated merit, professional commitment and seriousness of purpose. They are:
Emily Schweich, a rising junior at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, who is pursuing a degree in broadcast journalism. Her goal is to become a Washington-based news anchor, reporting particularly on issues affecting women including gender-based violence and workplace fairness and diversity. She has interned at WUSA9, worked as a volunteer behind the cameras for Maryland Capital News Service’s Maryland Newsline and works part-time in communications for the university’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Emily is also ANWC’s 2014 Jane Lingo Scholar, named in honor of pioneering journalist Jane Tunstall Lingo, a long-time ANWC member who was also among the first women admitted to the National Press Club. The second half of her career was advancing women’s education at George Washington University, and she endowed this special ANWC scholarship.
Dominique Bonessi, a rising senior at the George Washington University who is majoring in journalism and mass communications, and Arab language and literature. Her goal as a journalist is to use her language skills to increase understanding among cultures. While still in high school, she studied in Cairo, Egypt, and that experience, with the subsequent events of the Arab spring, led her to choose her double major. She’s interned with Middle East Broadcasting and, most recently, has been studying in Amman, Jordan, where she gathered material on how social media affects the lives of Jordanian women, the topic of her senior thesis.
Diana Marinaccio, a rising senior at the George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, where she’s majoring in journalism and mass communications, and minoring in Spanish/cross-cultural communications. She aspires to become a multimedia news producer working with broadcast and on-line platforms. She has interned with The Today Show in New York and NBC4 in Washington, and will intern this summer with Dateline NBC in New York. On campus, she has been a multimedia editor with the GW Hatchet and interned with Prime Movers Media, teaching journalism to high school students.