Four Sierra College Students Awarded with 2024 Emerging Journalist Fellowship 

April 24, 2024
California Humanities 2024 Journalism Team
From left to right: Aidan Puentes, Jeralynn Querubin, Miranda Ricks, and Greg Micek.

Achievement Marks Third Year Sierra’s Journalism Program, Student Fellows Have Been Awarded

Sierra College students Miranda Ricks, Greg Micek, Aidan Puentes, and Jeralynn Querubin were named recipients of the 2024 Emerging Journalist Fellowships. They were among 22 recipients from six California Community Colleges to receive the fellowship from the California Humanities Foundation.

Sierra College was awarded fellowships for four students, the maximum the grant allows. This was the third year Sierra College students have been awarded funding from the California Humanities Foundation.

Presented in partnership with California Community Colleges, this statewide initiative provides financial support, professional training, and mentorship to student journalists as they conduct in-depth reporting projects on subjects and issues of importance to their campus and community. 

For this year’s project, Micek said, “Our team from Sierra College are working on a series of pieces on the state of Fentanyl in our local Northern California community.”

The team project aligns well with Rick’s future plans as a journalist.

“My hope is to be involved in harm reduction through journalism, destigmatizing drug use by sharing stories and covering news regarding the opioid epidemic in California,” Ricks said.

The Emerging Journalist Fellowship program first launched in 2019 as part of the national Democracy and the Informed Citizen initiative, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The fellowship program has since grown to include partnerships with community college campuses throughout the state.

California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, promotes the humanities—focused on ideas, conversation, and learning—as relevant, meaningful ways to understand the human condition and connect people to each other to help strengthen California. California Humanities has provided grants and programs across the state since 1975.