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Two Students from Miami Dade College’s Student Newspaper, The Reporter, Selected for The New York Times Student Journalism Institute

NYT Journalism Institute

Monique Madan and Lazaro Gamio

Miami, December 8, 2011 - Miami Dade College (MDC) students Monique Madan and Lazaro Gamio, integral members of the staff at the award-winning The Reporter student newspaper, have been selected for the prestigious New York Times Student Journalism Institute.

The 14-day fellowship allows student journalists to work with reporters, editors, designers and photographers from The New York Times and The Boston Globe to create a newspaper. Some of the work will be published in The New York Times

The program, started in 2003, is aimed at training minorities for careers in journalism.

Gamio and Madan were selected along with 22 other students during a national search. The project will be held in Tucson, Arizona from Jan. 2-16.

"It's amazing to see where The Reporter has taken me,” said Madan, who has served as the paper’s editor-in-chief for the past two years. “I have grown as a journalist here and plan to continue at the Institute. The experience I've gained has set me up to enter the field of journalism. It has taken me beyond my pen and notepad."

Madan, the only community college student selected for the Institute this year, is majoring in journalism and mass communications in the Honors College at the North Campus. She is currently a part-time early morning reporter at The Miami Herald, where she also helps with online production.

This past November, Madan won three awards from the Florida College System Activities Association: Two first-place awards for the top News Story and best Editorial, and a third-place award for In-Depth Reporting.

Gamio is majoring in Electronic Media at New World School of the Arts at MDC. He is a freelance designer and a part-time online producer for The Miami Herald. At The Reporter, Gamio is responsible for creating the design of the paper – everything from selecting the paper’s font type to its nameplate.

He won three awards from the FCSAA this year: A first-place award in Illustration; a second-place award for Design and a third-place award in for Editorial Cartoon.

"It is a privilege to have been chosen to take part in the Institute," Gamio said. "I am excited to work alongside so many talented students."

Five current or recent MDC graduates have been selected for the Institute in the past two years. In addition to Madan and Gamio, Laura C. Morel, who was editor-in-chief of the former student newspaper at North Campus, The Falcon Times in 2008-09, Michael Finch II, who was news editor of The Falcon Times in 2009-10 and Sergio N. Candido, a senior reporter for The Falcon Times during the 2009-10, were selected for the last year’s Institute. 

“I’m confident that Lazaro and Monique will make MDC proud,” said Manolo Barco, who serves as the media adviser to The Reporter. “They are talented, hardworking, passionate and persistent. The future of journalism looks bright.”     


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Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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