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USC Annenberg Associate Director Moonlights as KPCC Intern

There is always something valuable that can be learned from the ever-evolving digital media workplace. That’s the essential takeaway from a piece by Kristen Villareal publishing today on the Annenberg website.

Villareal reveals that USC Annenberg professor and associate director Bill Celis, 57 (pictured), is interning this summer at Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) in Pasadena. For a common-sense, admirable reason:

“Even though I’ve been in the field a long time, I thought it was crucial to re-immerse myself in a newsroom and take advantage of up-to-the-minute training in the new news ecosystem,” Celis said.

He’s a former education correspondent for the New York Times and a former reporter and columnist for the Wall Street Journal. His work on education reform has been published in American Prospect magazine, the Sunday Boston Globe and Columbia University’s Teachers College Record and Voices in Urban Education at Brown University.

In other words, when this particular intern peeks over the shoulder of a KPCC news reporter, he can offer a lot more than just a simple cursor-proofread. Celis is sharing his KPCC cubicle with Mary Plummer, a reporter who obtained her Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University 28 years after Celis did.

Villarreal, a native of San Antonio, graduated from USC Annenberg last month with a Bachelor’s in Public Relations. A school rep tells FishbowlLA she is working temporarily for her Alma Mater as she looks for a job or internship of her own in the hospitality PR world.

[Photo courtesy USC Annenberg]

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