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Senior Israel Carr of Robie Creek, Idaho

How did you get here? Student journalists present 15 stories from their peers

May 12, 2009

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. ? Established in the fall of 2008, the Middlebury Fellowship in Narrative Journalism provided three exceptional students the opportunity to explore and apply their journalistic talents. Organizers of the program sought highly motivated and intellectually curious students from a pool of more than 50 applicants who were interested in
Sophomore Shabana Basij-Rasikh of Kabul, Afghanistan
creating digital portraits of the Middlebury student body. Co-directed by Middlebury College Scholar-in-Residence in English and American Literatures Sue Halpern and Matt Jennings, editor of Middlebury Magazine, the fellowship spanned the academic year and included training in interview techniques, basic photography and sound editing.

Selected fellows were seniors Aylie Baker and Mallory Falk, and sophomore Sarah Harris. They began their project last fall by questioning various peers about their individual journeys to Middlebury by asking the question, "How did you get here?"

According to the program's blog, at, the goal was to

Sophomore Alhaji Abu Baker Jalloh of Freetown,
Sierra Leone

create engaging and journalistic audio and visual portraits of their college peers, from all walks and ways of life throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East - many of whom have surmounted great political, social and economic obstacles in their young lives. The resulting collection of 15 extraordinary stories will be on exhibit in the main lobby of the Middlebury College library from May 1 through May 8.

For more information, contact Halpern at