News & Media Fellows

Brendan Doyle
Brendan Doyle '20

Brendan Doyle is a sophomore from Centreville, Virginia pursuing a major in public policy and a minor in music. He is the Opinions Editor of The Flat Hat and regularly contributes to both the Opinions and Sports sections. Outside of school, Brendan writes for the hockey blog Russian Machine Never Breaks. He aspires to a career in political media or sports journalism. Brendan is a long-suffering D.C. sports fan whose hobbies include reading news stories, playing guitar, and listening to music. Brendan is excited to live in Washington and learn as much as possible as a fellow of the News and Media Institute.

Emmel El-Fiky '19

Emmel El-Fiky is a junior at the College, originally from Leesburg, Virginia. She is currently double majoring in Government and Music, with a personal focus on journalism involved in both fields. She is the Features co-editor of Rocket Magazine, the only fashion/art/photography publication on campus, as well as the Philanthropy Chair of Nu Kappa Epsilon, the music sorority and one of three music Greek organizations at William & Mary. Additionally, she is an Orientation Aide, one of the most valuable experiences she has had in her time in college, as well as a member of the Classical Guitar Ensemble. In the summer of 2017 she studied abroad in Cambridge, England, studying British writers, poets, and musicians, and found the experience both enriching and enlightening, and can't wait to go back. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, playing guitar, listening to music, daydreaming about her next trip abroad, and volunteering around campus in any way she can. She is excited to explore the convergence between political and entertainment media, and the development of the new wave of journalism in an age of instant news. She hopes to use the skills she learns in Washington on campus within both of her majors, and especially in her work with Rocket Magazine. 

Jacob Hill '20

Jacob is a junior at the College from Atlanta, Georgia. Jacob is primarily interested in civil rights and civil liberties law having worked summer internships at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education in Philadelphia as well as the Georgia Justice Project in his home city of Atlanta. On campus, Jacob majors in Public Policy with a prospective minor in Psychology. Jacob is a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, for which he served as chair of the philanthropy committee, and is a captain on the William & Mary Mock Trial team. Jacob is honored to have the opportunity to study in DC, and is excited to learn to do work that makes the world a better place.

Hannah Lowe '21

Hannah Lowe is a freshman at the College pursuing a major in history. She is originally from Lewes, Delaware. At the College she is a features writer for Rocket Magazine and a graphic designer for Words Words Words Shakespeare Zine. In her free time, she can be found listening to podcasts and wandering through Colonial Williamsburg. She looks forward to spending her summer in Washington, D.C. exploring the definition and applications of “new media.” She hopes to find the intersection of her interests in history, English, and journalism along the way.

Sarah Miner '19

Sarah is a junior at William & Mary from Minnesota. She's majoring in International Relations with a minor in French, and is currently doing research at the Political Psychology and International Relations (PPIR) Lab! On campus, she's social chair of WM Women's Chorus, President of the Synchronized Swim team, and a member of the Mock Trial Team! She has broken 3 bones in her 3 semesters at college and is looking forward to an injury free summer in DC!

Madeline Monroe '19

Madeline Monroe is a junior majoring in English at the College. She is an Associate News Editor of the College's newspaper, The Flat Hat and works as a resident assistant. In her spare time, she paints and also enjoys writing short works of prose and poetry focused on wildlife. Her work has been published in Virginia's Best Emerging Poets, an anthology series by Z Publishing House. As she pursues a career, she aims to combine her interest in wildlife and her love of writing. 

Brooke Rees '20

Brooke is a sophomore here at the College, double majoring in Psychology and Film and Media Studies. She is from a very small town called Sayre, Pennsylvania. She is interested in how Psychology not only influences how media is created, but also how it is perceived cross-culturally. She enjoys aspects of clinical psychology, but is hoping to find a career that could more easily combine both psychology and media!  On campus, she is a member of Smart Woman Securities, Alma Mater Productions (AMP), WMSURE, WMTV, and the Harry Potter Club (she's a Hufflepuff!). Every Saturday she volunteers with a club called Greater City, which focuses on building relationships and aiding members of the Williamsburg community living in poverty and the verge of homelessness. She is very much excited by what this summer will have to offer, and hope to get a better understanding of how psychology and media work together in this “new media” age! 

Silvana Smith '19
Kyra Solomon '19

Kyra Solomon is a junior at the College, from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is majoring in International Relations with a minor in Economics. Kyra is a research assistant for the Tracking Underreported Financial Flows (TUFF) Team at William & Mary's AidData research lab, and helped to publish the first-ever global data set on Chinese international development spending. Kyra is Photos Editor for the College's official newspaper, The Flat Hat, and a committee chair for Colleges Against Cancer Relay for Life club. She also studied abroad last spring at the National University of Singapore. Kyra has a sustained interest in journalism, photography, and language and believes the News & Media Summer Institute will provide valuable first-hand experience applying these interests in a major hub of media and international affairs, as well as during an extremely fitting time for discussion and involvement concerning the role of news in the current political environment.

Kate Taylor '20

Kate is a sophomore at William & Mary from East Hampton, Connecticut. She is majoring in English and looking to get into journalism. On campus, she works as the treasurer and editor-in-chief for the organization Students for Animals. She has also published her writing as a fellow for the online news site The Tab, and is currently a member of Chemistry Club. She is looking forward to getting hands-on experience and developing her journalism skills while I'm in DC. 

Caleb Turner '20

Caleb Turner is a current sophomore at the College. He plans on majoring in Government and Film & Media Studies. When not studying or in the classroom, Caleb is involved in the Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences Organization @ William and Mary, a local film production company. He is also a member of Trippin' On Brix, a fusion sketch/improv comedy group on campus.   When not at school, Caleb is either planning/shooting his next short film or at work at the local movie theater. He's looking forward to expanding his horizons at the nation's capital this summer. 

Teddy Wansink '20

Teddy is a sophomore Monroe scholar majoring in French and Film & Media Studies from Virginia Beach. He loves to sing and perform as a member of the Cleftomaniacs a cappella group, Botetourt Chamber Singers, and Sinfonicron Light Opera Company. He also likes helping other students by working at the Writing Resources Center and by serving as an Orientation Aide. His curent interests include film history and analysis with a focus in French and surrealist cinema, as well as media representations of different groups. Teddy is looking forward to understanding film and media in new ways through his experiences in the DC Summer Program.

Talia Wiener '20

Talia Wiener is a sophomore at the College, self-designing a Storytelling and New Media major. She is a member of the Alpha Phi Omega Nu Rho service fraternity, plays the tuba in the William and Mary Wind Ensemble and is the Social Media Editor for The Flat Hat. She is a member of the LGBTIQ Research Project which documents LGBTIQ history in Virginia through the collection of oral histories and is also enrolled in the Sharp Seminar, in collaboration with The Pulitzer Center, and is working on a year-long article about endangered languages in rural Alaskan communities. Talia has interned with Charlottesville Tomorrow, a non-profit news organization in Charlottesville, VA and is excited for the opportunities that D.C. has in store.