Through funding provided by Medill and Reuters, Walker will receive tuition support for the 2022-2023 academic year. She also will complete a summer internship at Reuters in New York and have opportunities to be mentored by editors from the news agency throughout her studies at Medill.
Walker will pursue her Master of Science in Journalism at Medill with a specialization in Social Justice. She is a recent alumna of Virginia Commonwealth University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a Bachelor of Science in mass communications.
“I know that my journalistic potential is boundless, and I’m ready to absorb the plethora of teachings and opportunities Reuters and Medill have to offer,” said Walker. “I know my guiding purpose is to serve my community and I’m thrilled to take on the challenges of this next step in my pursuit of holding truth to power.”
Before arriving at Medill this fall, Walker will spend the summer as a news intern for Bloomberg News. Previously, she was an NABJ fellow for “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd” and an intern at the Globe Post. Walker has bylines in the Washington Post, the Associated Press, the Guardian UK and more.
During her previous studies, she reported on the Virginia General Assembly for VCU’s Capital News Service. She was also director of communications for VCU’s chapter of NABJ and social media director for its chapter of The Society of Professional Journalists. She won two VCU Black History in the Making Awards.
“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to support Josephine as she takes the next step in her promising journalism career,” said Medill Dean Charles Whitaker. “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Reuters and NABJ and believe this type of fellowship serves the industry, Medill and students well.”
“These scholarships allow Reuters to support the next generation of journalists and create a more diverse and inclusive news industry. It has never been more crucial that news organizations reflect the world they cover, and we are deeply committed to helping create a diverse field of journalism that benefits our own news industry,” said Reuters Editor-in-Chief Alessandra Galloni.