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Make summer plans with these resources for student journalists

I won’t bury the lead (ha): This is the last issue of the newsletter until August, as The Lead is taking the summer off.

I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic lately about how far The Lead has come. I launched the newsletter in the fall of 2018, and it’s now May 2022. If the Lead had started as a freshman in college and followed a four-year trajectory to a degree, he would now be graduated and would go out into the world to understand and after.

No matter how long you’ve been reading this newsletter, I hope it has helped you find your way in a journalism industry that has seen a lot of twists and turns in recent years. During this summer break, The Lead archives are still available for reference (with over 140 issues dating back to 2018). The good folks at Poynter will also continue to post media updates all summer.

Thank you for coming for this school year. Listening to students, faculty and advisors continues to be the most rewarding part of running The Lead. I may not respond as quickly, but you can always reach me at

—Taylor Blatchford

I’m writing this hours after the Pulitzer Prize announcement – just an abundance of powerful storytelling and jaw-dropping journalism. Here’s the full list of winners and runners-up, and Poynter has extensive coverage of the stories behind the winning entries.

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