The competition was fierce, but the results are in! Please join PRNDI in congratulating our 2018 early career conference scholarship winners: DaLyah Jones and Araceli Gomez-Aldana.
“PRNDI is thrilled to have DaLyah and Araceli at the conference this year,” said PRNDI President Terry Gildea. “Our early career scholarship program allows young journalists the opportunity to network with leaders in public media and help move their careers forward — without having them or their station take on the financial costs of attending the conference.”
“I’m excited to absorb all of the knowledge and advice I can from this fruitful event.” says Jones. “I also can’t wait to speak to and network with a few of my public radio muses during my first visit to Philadelphia.”
Originally from East Texas, Jones is a recent graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in electronic media and a minor in communication studies. As an undergraduate, DaLyah served as the assistant news director for KTSW 89.9, Texas State's college radio station, and was a reporter for NPR's Next Generation Radio. She also has interned for New York Public Radio, Texas Standard, KUT 90.5 and KTRE News, the ABC affiliate serving Lufkin and Nacogdoches in East Texas. Last summer, she was a Knight CUNYJ Fellow.
In the future, Jones says she’d like to pursue a masters degree and do more beat-based reporting.
“Also, I’m striving to learn more about the ins and outs of running a station/newsroom/podcast production company, which I definitely see myself doing in the future,” Jones says. “I also plan on beginning a nonprofit in the South that teaches kids and teens how to tell their own stories, especially in rural areas.”
Araceli Gomez-Aldana is a reporter and local All Things Considered host at WBOI Northeast Indiana Public Radio. Prior to joining WBOI, Araceli was the producer and host of HOLA Bloomington, WFHB’s Spanish public affairs program, and co-anchored WFHB’s Daily Local News.
“I am honored and excited to be able to attend the PRNDI Conference,” Gomez-Aldana says. “My goal is to learn as much as I can. I want to become a better storyteller. I hope to learn from the veteran journalists and from the presentations.”
Gomez-Aldana is a graduate of Indiana University, where she received a bachelor's degree in journalism. During college, she also had the opportunity to practice her reporting skills in Europe while studying abroad at the University of Seville in Spain.
Originally born in Guadalajara, Mexico, she was raised in Whiting, Indiana. When she’s not working, she enjoys traveling, running, playing tennis and trying new foods.
She says her exact career goals change frequently, but she’s found her home in public media.
“I want to report on issues affecting our communities, I want to share people’s stories and get more people interested in public radio. My big career goal is to work as an NPR foreign correspondent,” says Gomez-Aldana. “ At the same time, I would also like to work for NPR, Latino USA and This American Life as a producer."
If you see our scholarship winners during the 2018 PRNDI Conference, please say hello!