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Two from CMU named Pulliam Fellows

Jordyn Hermani, Zahra Ahmad to complete internships in Indiana and Arizona

Contact: ​Jeff Johnston

Jordyn Hermani, Central Michigan Life editor-in-chief, and Zahra Ahmad, former news and presentation editor who graduated in 2017, have been selected as Pulliam Journalism Fellows for summer 2018.

It’s the first time two people with CMU ties were chosen as fellows during the same summer session.

Two Gannett Co. newspapers, the Indianapolis Star and the Arizona Republic, offer real-world job experience through the Pulliam Journalism Fellowship.

Each summer, 25 students from across the country are chosen for the program. Assignments include news, sports, features and business reporting, said Russ Pulliam, fellowship director. Other available fellowships focus on copy editing, photography, graphic design and digital/social media.

Hermani, 22, of Troy, Michigan, will work in Indianapolis. She will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science degree, double majoring in political science and journalism. During the Spring 2017 semester, she studied abroad in Russia. As editor-in-chief of CM Life, Hermani leads the coverage of CMU’s award-winning student media company.

"Being chosen for the Pulliam Fellowship is an amazing opportunity that I’m honored to be a part of,” Hermani said. “Central Michigan Life has helped shape me into the journalist I am today.”

Ahmad, 22, was born in Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan. She and her family moved to Lansing, Michigan, when she was 3 years old. Ahmad graduated in December 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and a minor in biology. She is an intern at The Flint Journal/MLive and will work in Arizona this summer. 

“My years spent in the CM-Life office have provided me with opportunities to excel at journalism,” Ahmad said. “As I start this next chapter in my life, I won't be reluctant to call onto the skills I've honed early on in my collegiate journalism career.”

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