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SCPA Foundation names Mundy Scholar and two interns from USC

Posted April 24, 2017
Reprinted with permission from The SCPA eBulletin

The South Carolina Press Association (SCPA) Foundation has chosen the 2017 Mundy Scholar and two of it's three interns from the USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Carson Mason, a junior journalism student at USC, was named this year’s Mundy Scholar. She will receive $3,000 to put toward her education. The Mundy Scholarship is given in memory of R. Frank Mundy, the late publisher of the Index-Journal in Greenwood and the first president of the SCPA Foundation.

Mason, an Oak Ridge, N.C. native, is pursuing a career in sports journalism. She regularly covers USC football, basketball, soccer and baseball for The State and interns for the S.C. Radio Network. She also serves as assistant sports editor of The Daily Gamecock and has interned with the USC Athletic Department's production studio, Gamecock Productions and the National Sports Media Association. This summer she will intern for as an associate beat reporter covering the Milwaukee Brewers.

Mason said she is honored to be selected as the Mundy Scholar.

“My career goal is to be a beat reporter covering a college or professional sports team,” Mason said. “This scholarship will greatly contribute to my education and I’d like to thank the Board of Directors for naming me as the Mundy scholar.”

Meet the 2017 interns

This year the Foundation awarded internships to two outstanding students from USC that will help prepare them for careers in newspaper journalism when they graduate. Each internship is eight weeks long and pays $3,200.

Deborah Clark
Deborah Clark, a third-year multimedia journalism student with a minor in English, will spend her summer in Charleston with The Post and Courier.

Clark was the copy editor for her high school paper, Wando’s The Tribal Tribune, and worked her way through the copy desk ranks to copy desk chief at The Daily Gamecock at USC. As a freelance journalist, Clark has been published in the Free Times and The Post and Courier. She's also a member of The Carolina Band.

“What keeps me interested in journalism is its focus on storytelling,” Clark said. “As a reporter, I hope to tell interesting stories about interesting people, and as a copy editor, I hope to make those stories as accurate as possible. I look forward to learning from and honing my skills at The Post and Courier this summer.”

Anjali Patel
Anjali Patel, a broadcast journalism and political science double major at USC, will intern with the Herald-Journal in Spartanburg.

Patel previously served as a sportswriter for The Daily Gamecock at USC. She’s also interned with The Greenville Journal.

Patel has served as public relations director of her service sorority, Omega Phi Alpha, this semester, and as education chair of the Indian Cultural Exchange.

Patel said she’s heard the complaint that the new generation of broadcasters don’t know how to write.

“I am excited to learn everything I can from working at the Herald-Journal this summer, so that my future employers will hopefully never say the same of me.”


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