Journalism Student Selected For New York Times Global Reporting Experience

Northeastern journalism major Aneri Pattani has worked in newsrooms across the country, amassing an impressive reporting portfolio. She has covered breaking news for The Boston Globe, written health and technology enterprise pieces at CNBC, and unearthed compelling stories at The Texas Tribune, including coverage on the aftermath of a Supreme Court decision to overturn restrictions on the state’s abortion clinics.

International reporting, meanwhile, has been an intriguing opportunity that had yet to take shape—until now. The senior was recently named the winner of this year’s “Win a Trip with Nick” Contest, an opportunity that will take her on a reporting assignment to West Africa in June with Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. They will focus on global poverty issues, about which Pattani will blog and potentially create videos for the Times.

The mystery of reporting abroad, she said, was a key factor that stirred her journalistic juices and motivated her to apply to the contest. “Because it’s intimidating to me, this is the perfect opportunity to learn from someone who does this for a living, and who clearly does it well,” said Pattani, AMD’17.

That Pattani would embrace getting out of her comfort zone and seize the opportunity to bolster her reporting chops is hardly surprising to Carlene Hempel, teaching professor in the School of Journalism. She taught Pattani in “Journalism 1” and “Journalism 2” and has mentored her since then, during which time she said Pattani has aced her professional assignments time after time and completed her journalism courses with the highest distinction. “She’s fearless,” Hempel said. “She will go after any story. She’s unstoppable. Nothing deters her.”

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