Afeni Evans, Roe Protest, DC
Afeni Evans holding her sign in support of Roe v. Wade in Washington, DC. This photo was taken by apprentice Elise Kline as she covered the protest at the Supreme Court on May 2, 2022. Photo credit: Elise Kline / WhoWhatWhy

This summer, five college students and recent graduates joined our popular Mentor-Apprentice Program (MAP) and spent three months learning about journalism and honing their skills. This is a selection of the best of their stories.

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This summer, WhoWhatWhy once again ran its popular Mentor-Apprentice Program (MAP). Five college students and recent graduates, some of whom were completely new to journalism, spent three months learning the craft and honing their skills. 

The result was an impressive array of stories. Here is a selection of them.

Lacie Wooten-Holway marching

Lacie Wooten-Holway marching in a downpour for reproductive justice. Photo credit: Courtesy of Elise Kline

Supreme Injustice: Online Mob Threatens Peaceful Protester

After right-wing personalities singled out a peaceful pro-choice protester, their supporters immediately threatened and harassed her. She had to quit her job and is leaving Washington, DC. This is her story. 

Tampa Bay Times, Pulitzer prize

Newsrooms of all types and sizes generally lack diversity. Photo credit: © Cherie Diez/Tampa Bay Times/

Media Blackout: Journalism Tries to Hide Its Diversity Problem

While media outlets claim they desire more racial diversity in their newsrooms, the journalists who work for them say they are not doing enough to promote an inclusive workplace. 

Gas stove, advertisement, 1953

Gas stove advertisement from February 25, 1953. Photo credit: Internet Archive

Hell’s Kitchen: Gas Stoves Leak Dangerous Chemicals

Natural gas stoves frequently leak dangerous chemicals whether they’re on or off. New studies show the hidden health risks of this popular cooking method. 

Man, working from home, laptop

During the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people discovered the benefits of working from home. Photo credit: Microbiz Mag / Microbiz Mag

Post-Pandemic Life: Out With the New, in With the Old

A new study offers evidence of what the new normal will be: less grocery delivery, more socialization.

Katy White, Roe, Supreme Court

Katy White of Washington, DC, attends a rally at the Supreme Court on May 3, 2022, after learning that the court may overturn Roe v. Wade. Photo credit: © Allison Bailey/NurPhoto via ZUMA Press

A Friendship Born at an Abortion Rights Rally

Years ago, two women stood on opposite sides of the abortion issue; this week, they met at the abortion rights rally outside the Supreme Court and became friends.

Christian Smalls, Amazon Labor Union, JFK8

Amazon is fighting to reverse the outcome of the union election results at its JFK8 fulfillment center in Staten Island, NY. Christian Smalls is one of the key organizers for Amazon Labor Unions. Photo credit: © John Nacion/Action Press via ZUMA Press

Will NLRB Deliver a Victory for Amazon and Overturn Historic Union Election?

Virtually ignored by the media, Amazon is trying to reverse the election in which workers at one of its facilities voted to unionize. 

NCAA Mental Health

Anxiety and depression are prevalent in student-athletes in all sports. Photo credit: MGoBlog / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0), Brockport Athletics / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0), Tulane Public Relations / Wikimedia (CC BY 2.0), Governor Neil Abercrombie / Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0), Elliott Rubin / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0), and John Sachs / Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
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Is the NCAA Doing Enough to Protect Mental Health?

Studies show that student-athletes are having more mental health issues after the pandemic. Who should be responsible?


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