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America StaffFebruary 28, 2022
Cristobal Spielmann, graduating senior, Loyola Marymount University; Jillian Rice, graduating senior, Fordham University; Christopher Parker, graduating senior, University of Notre Dame.

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Rev. Matthew F. Malone, S.J., president and editor in chief of America Media, announced today the selection of two graduating seniors from U.S. Jesuit and non-Jesuit colleges and universities to serve as the 2022-23 Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., Postgraduate Media Fellows. This year’s fellows are:

Jillian Rice: graduating senior, Fordham University

Christopher Parker: graduating senior, University of Notre Dame

Cristobal Spielmann: graduating senior, Loyola Marymount University

O’Hare fellows spend one year at America Media working on print, digital, audio and film projects while benefiting from mentoring and professional development opportunities. Fellows reside at Fordham University Lincoln Center, where they engage in a dynamic community in the heart of New York City, the media capital of the world.

“This is a highly competitive program and unique opportunity for graduating seniors interested in pursuing a career in journalism,” said Matt Malone, S.J., “and we are proud to continue offering this opportunity by welcoming Jillian, Christopher and Cristobal as the seventh cohort of fellows to become a part of the America team.”

The Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., Postgraduate Media Fellowship is a program of America Media, co-sponsored by Fordham University. The fellowship is named in honor and memory of Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., who served as editor in chief of America (1975-84) and president of Fordham University (1984-2003).

The O’Hare fellowship is made possible through the generosity of William J. Loschert, KSG, of Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business, Class of 1961, and a former member of America Media’s board of directors.

About the 2022-23 O’Hare fellows

Jillian Rice, from Frederick, Md., is a graduating senior majoring in classical languages and comparative literature at Fordham University. She is also concentrating in American Catholic Studies. She has worked on her campus newspaper, The Observer, since 2018 as a head copy editor and then as an online editor, and she interned with Busted Halo in 2021. She loves learning fun facts, reading and checking other people's grammar (not necessarily in that order). She's excited to move back into the Lincoln Center dorms, but more importantly, to work at America with awesome Catholic journalists on real-world issues that matter to Catholics today.

Christopher Parker is a senior graduating from the University of Notre Dame, where he studies history, Latin and journalism. He was born in London and grew up in Westchester County, New York. He has worked as a reporter and audience engagement journalist at Notre Dame Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and the Berkshire Eagle. He is excited to return to New York, and he hopes the O'Hare Fellowship will be an opportunity to hone his news skills while reporting on meaningful issues at America.

Cristobal Spielmann, born in Chile and now hailing from San Antonio, Texas, is a graduating senior from Loyola Marymount University with a B.S. in environmental science and a minor in political science. Since 2019, he has served in the opinion section of the campus newspaper, The Los Angeles Loyolan. Cristobal has reported for two other initiatives of The Loyolan, Election 2020 and Project Citizen: Climate360, explaining political and environmental topics to a college audience. Outside of journalism, he has also participated in habitat restoration with both the Friends of Ballona Wetlands and the Bay Foundation. Cristobal aims to strengthen his commitment to and love for the environment through his work with America.

About the O’Hare Fellowship

The Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., Postgraduate Media Fellowship supports the next generation of writers for the Catholic media and other forms of professional journalism. The fellowship offers three recent graduates of Jesuit and non-Jesuit colleges or universities in the United States or Canada the opportunity to develop their literary skills and professional relationships while living and working in the capital of global communications, New York City. O’Hare fellows spend 11 months working at the offices of America Media, where they will generate content for America’s multiple platforms: print, web, digital, social media and events. O’Hare fellows enjoy a rich personal and professional experience through ongoing mentoring and other opportunities. Fellows meet regularly with America’s editorial staff, including James Martin, S.J., editor at large of America and a New York Times best-selling author, in order to cultivate their skills and professional networks. At the conclusion of the program, O’Hare fellows are uniquely suited to pursue successful careers in the Catholic media or other forms of professional journalism. O’Hare fellows receive housing at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus, health care coverage and a monthly stipend for living expenses during the 11 months of the program. www.oharefellows.org

About America Media

America Media is the leading provider of editorial content for thinking Catholics and those who want to know what Catholics are thinking. America Media leads the conversation about faith and culture by producing excellent, unique, relevant and accessible content across multiple platforms. Our contributors are the principal figures in the American church; the decision-makers and opinion leaders who lead the ecclesial and civic debate about religion, society, politics and the arts. Those with something to say to the American church say it in America: popes and presidents; Nobel laureates; Pulitzer Prize winners; world-renowned scholars; and distinguished men and women of letters. Our flagship magazine, America, has been published continuously since 1909, making it one of the oldest periodicals in the United States today. www.americamagazine.org

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