A scholar from South Dakota State University has been named one in all 53 fellows within the Pulitzer Center’s 2022 cohort for reporting.
Jordan Rusche, a senior at SDSU double majoring in English and Journalism, and the co-editor at The Collegian, SDSU’s student-run newspaper, plans to report on Native American education in South Dakota throughout her fellowship.
Rusche is from Bancroft, South Dakota and is an intern at South Dakota Public Broadcasting within the Sioux Falls workplace this summer season. She’s already received a leg up on her reporting thanks to a $3,000 grant from the Pulitzer Center that helped fund some journey throughout the state.
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So far, Rusche has spent a few days in Rapid City talking with educators at SDSU’s Native American Nursing Education Center, visited the Lakota immersion college Wakanyeja Tokeyahci Wounspe Tipi (Children First Learning Center) on the Rosebud Indian Reservation and hung out with the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate.
Rusche’s reporting will embrace views from educators throughout the state and can look at legislative efforts to enhance education in tribal communities, in addition to systemic and political limitations confronted by tribal nations.
“I wanted to talk to Native American educators (about) how people are teaching Native American history in their schools, and what has the struggle been trying to get accurate representation for them?” Rusche stated. “A lot of the stuff people are talking about, I hadn’t heard about until I looked into it myself.”
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Her article is due in lower than three weeks, and shall be printed on-line on the Pulitzer Center, then republished with SDPB, Rusche stated. As a fellow, Rusche additionally will get to participate within the middle’s “Washington Weekend” in October. Each fellow is paired with an advisor; Rusche’s advisor is Holly Rosewood.
“This fellowship puts Jordan in elite company and it provides her with an excellent challenge that will make her an even better young reporter,” stated Jim Helland, a journalism teacher at SDSU. “The topic she has chosen related to Native American education is a story that needs to be told. I can’t wait to read her final product.”
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Rusche heard concerning the Pulitzer Center’s fellowship program by way of SDSU’s School of Communication and Journalism, which has seen 4 different college students named fellows in recent times: Wren Murphy in 2021, Laura Butterbrodt in 2019, Palak Barmaya in 2017 and former Argus Leader enterprise reporter Makenzie Huber in 2016.
The Pulitzer Center awards fellowships to college students at its campus consortium companions, which embrace liberal arts faculties, group faculties, state universities, traditionally Black faculties and universities, and graduate colleges of journalism and public well being within the U.S., Canada and Qatar.