Monterey Peninsula Foundation Awards $25,000 to BenitoLink Internship Program

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The grant allows BenitoLink to continue to hire COVID Pace Reporter Interns, Web Maintenance Interns for our WordPress platform, and Marketing Interns for graphic design and photography.

This article was written by BenitoLink Board Secretary Lois Locci.

For a third year, the Monterey Peninsula Foundation invested in BenitoLink’s paid internship program, one of the few such opportunities in San Benito County.

The Monterey Peninsula Foundation (MPF) is a non-profit organization known for hosting “two famous golf tournaments: the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the PGA TOUR and the PURE Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach, a PGA TOUR Champions event. . The community investments that flow from each of these golf tournaments support hundreds of non-profit organizations working to impact thousands of lives in the Central Coast region of California.

The Foundation’s charitable tradition since 1937 was seriously impacted in 2020 and again in 2021, threatening the level of support it sought to provide. Changing their event in 2021 to meet COVID challenges, CEO Steve John writing that nonetheless their charitable donations “will target basic needs like food insecurity, education inequalities and health inequalities caused by the pandemic”.

BL’s newsroom is always busy. (Left to right) Marketing Coordinator Alex Esquivel, Content Manager Noe Magaña, Executive Director Leslie David and Intern Leila Sadeghian. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

BenitoLink is an essential information provider for San Benito County, publishing essential health and education information daily. The grant will target these needs, allowing BenitoLink to continue to hire COVID Pace Reporter Interns, Web Maintenance Interns for our WordPress platform, and Graphic Design and Photography Marketing Interns. The grant will target these needs, allowing BenitoLink to continue to hire COVID Pace Reporter Interns, Web Maintenance Interns for our WordPress platform, and Graphic Design and Photography Marketing Interns. The Foundation’s support during the stress of the pandemic has strengthened BenitoLink’s ability to cover so many unique and thought-provoking stories that we otherwise would not have been able to cover. BenitoLink is the go-to site for local COVID-19 facts, how to stay safe, and when and where to get tested.

But BenitoLink’s internship program also tackles career inequities, challenging the boundaries young people may face in San Benito County. The support of the Foundation is what allows us to offer paid professional internships, often only accessible to students in employment centers such as Silicon Valley. In San Benito County, BenitoLink joins a small group of organizations offering early career careers, including Pacific Scientific, Raley’s, and Graniterock.

In an anonymous survey, BenitoLink asked interns what they liked most about their experience and what message they would leave with future interns. Here is a sample of their responses:

  • I liked the fact that I was treated with the respect given to colleagues despite my status as an intern and that my ideas were taken into account.
  • Having to interview people because it would take me out of my comfort zone.
  • Don’t be afraid to express your ideas to the group [the editorial team]; there are always different angles for a story!

BenitoLink Interns who work in the “back office” for the maintenance of the website and who helped us to improve our “ABOUT” section on BenitoLink. https://benitolink.com/benitolink-team/

Our 2021 Photography/Marketing Intern Jonathan Crowther produced this year’s Christmas card photo, news photos and photos used in marketing.

Here are some examples of articles written and often suggested by trainee reporters:

Emma Hoffman SBC Supervisors Extend Civilian Grand Jury Term

Olivia Madera Victory Over All

Julia Hicks 35 retirees sue county, judge arrests her pending first trial

State Senator Andrew Pearson Caballero talks about sb87 vaccine rollout while visiting San Benito, 11-year-old boy lobbies for disability accessibility

Erika Piña COG Members Receive Update on Measure G Funding

Corissa King SBHS students talk about what it’s like to be part of the LGBTQ community

Juliana Leon San Benito County Chamber of Commerce Honors Residents and Businesses

Leila Sadeghian’s United Way Gala at Swank Farms is a Big Success

Diana Lopez Junior Journalism/High School SBHS field hockey player heads to Division 2 college

Support for the BenitoLink internship program comes from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, host of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Championship and Pure Insurance Impacting the First Tee; Taylor Farms; United Way; the Emma Bowen Foundation; and BenitoLink donors.

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