International Studies Major Abigail Gipson helps Protect Press Freedoms

At the International Press Institute, where international studies major Abigail Gipson interned, professional journalists and media executives are dedicated to quality, independent journalism.Abigail Gipson stands next to a poster for the International Press Freedom Institute.

The International Press Institute (IPI) promotes the conditions that allow journalism to fulfill its public function, which they believe the most important of which is the media’s ability to operate free from interference and without fear of retaliation. IPI has members in over 120 countries.

“This is my second internship, and one thing I was really grateful for was that I knew to directly ask for projects and work instead of waiting for someone to give me something to do,” Abigail said.

Abigail was in charge of media monitoring for IPI, which means she tracked developments in press freedom worldwide. This could be things like arrests of journalists and new laws. She also interviewed journalists and researched in order to write reports for IPI’s website about individual cases.

“I think this internship taught me a lot about the inner workings of NGOs and how to balance my research interests with what the organization needs,” she said. “I think I also developed contacts and relationships at this internship that will benefit me in the future.”

Abigail said she learned a lot about the daily tasks that need to happen in order to run a non-profit organization and what potential jobs at such organizations require and might look like.

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