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Three Veterans to Join McClatchy Newsrooms as 2023 MVJ Fellows

By July 5, 2023June 19th, 2024Resources

Two more fellowships opened at San Luis Obispo and State College newsrooms.

SACRAMENTO, CA July 5, 2023
Military Veterans in Journalism is pleased to announce that McClatchy has selected three veterans to join its local newsrooms as part of the McClatchy Veterans in Journalism Fellowship program. The selections come after an early March announcement of a new partnered program designed to employ more veterans as journalists serving their local communities.

“Military Veterans in Journalism is proud to have built this partnership with McClatchy to help jumpstart veterans’ careers and add further diversity to local newsrooms,” said Zack Baddorf, MVJ’s Executive Director. “We are grateful to the McClatchy team for its dedication to diversity and the inclusion of veteran voices in its local coverage, and we look forward to seeing these outstanding journalists grow within their communities.”

McClatchy and Military Veterans in Journalism are also announcing the addition of two more in-person fellowship spots in this year’s program. These new positions with The Tribune in San Luis Obispo, California and the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania will help solve coverage problems in these local areas. This is an opportunity for veterans who are up-and-coming journalists to receive six months of paid journalistic employment in their own communities. For more information and to apply, please see:

“We are passionate about high-quality, impactful coverage, and we believe veterans can provide meaningful contributions to the communities our newsrooms serve,” said Natalie Piner, Sr. Director of News Talent, Culture & Training at the McClatchy Company. “McClatchy is proud to partner with MVJ to bring more veteran voices into local journalism through these fellowships.”

The selectees for the McClatchy Veterans in Journalism Fellowships are sorted alphabetically by name below.

Allen FrazierThe Sun Herald

Army veteran Allen Frazier is a Mississippi journalist who has just begun his fellowship at The Sun Herald in Biloxi. As a current graduate student in Arizona State University’s World War II Studies program, Frazier is passionate about historical and military journalism. He is looking forward to growing in a local news environment, connecting with the community, and learning from the Sun Herald team to provide high-quality journalism in Biloxi.

“I am super excited and thankful to receive this opportunity to tell other peoples’ stories,” Frazier said. “I can’t wait to see where this fellowship at The Sun Herald takes me.”

Joshua CarterBelleville News-Democrat

Navy veteran Joshua Carter is a multimedia journalist who will be starting his fellowship with the Belleville News-Democrat in July. Previously based in San Francisco, Carter has covered a wide range of topics across the local community. Carter takes in the world with a critical eye and strives to “see the story” in everything he does. He is passionate about sharing the voices and stories of others with respect, truth and transparency, and he hopes to continue doing so in a new environment during this program.

“The McClatchy Military Veterans in Journalism fellowship provides me with an incredible opportunity to work in an excellent newsroom right after college,” said Carter. “I feel like the skills I learned in the military are actually being seen and appreciated as well.”

Sonia ClarkThe Island Packet

Army veteran and Air Force Reservist Sonia Clark is a photojournalist, videographer and written journalist with a love of storytelling. A native New Yorker with “an eye, ear and heart for adventure,” Clark is constantly seeking opportunities to expand her skills and improve her capabilities while exploring other platforms in journalism, and she hopes to take advantage of the opportunity to tell stories that matter to the Hilton Head community during this program. She will begin her fellowship with The Island Packet in September.

“I look forward to the opportunity to report on the stories that might not otherwise be heard as a McClatchy fellow,” Clark said. “I am honored to be selected.”

About McClatchy 

McClatchy features a powerhouse of vibrant news brands that have earned awards and national recognition, including the Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star and The Sacramento Bee. The McClatchy digital platform hosts over 30 news sites and a robust digital content offering from syndication partners. Our platform is a catalyst for informed engagement, greater understanding, and deeper community connections. Through state of-the-art technology, we reach more than 95 million unique visitors per month by providing essential news and information to the communities we serve. We’re in the midst of a digital transformation with the help of Practice Path, leveraging our platform to deliver mission-based journalism, independent reporting and innovative customer solutions in order to serve our audience at the highest level. Connect with us on social media @mcclatchy or at

Natalie Piner
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About Military Veterans in Journalism

Military Veterans in Journalism is a professional association that builds community for vets, supports their career growth, and advocates for diversifying newsrooms through hiring and promoting more vets. Led and run by a dedicated corps of military veterans and military family members, we are working with newsrooms and other non-profit organizations to create opportunities for vets to get a jump start in the media industry. Whether through internships, fellowships or mentorships, our work has created a pipeline to get vets into newsrooms.

Devon Lancia
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