Northeastern Student Wins Prestigious Google News Lab Fellowship

Emily Hopkins has always been keen on holding the powerful accountable, on exposing how government systems work and who they work for, and on finding creative ways to tell those stories. So, when she got a call saying she’d been one of only eight students accepted into the Google News Lab Fellowship program, she saw it as an opportunity to combine all her passions—and learn a lot along the way.

Hopkins, MA’17, will spend this summer working with Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting. There, she hopes to help mine datasets for compelling story ideas, especially those focusing on social justice issues.

“I’ve always had a passion for this data-heavy arena,” Hopkins said. “And really, what better place to go than IRE? They were doing data journalism before ‘data journalism’ was a thing.”

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