Meet the inaugural O’Hare postgraduate writing fellows

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

America Media is proud to announce the inaugural fellows for the recently established Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., Postgraduate Writing Fellowship. The three fellows will spend the year working at America’s offices in midtown Manhattan, starting in August 2016 and completing the fellowship in June 2017.

Wyatt Massey (Marquette University), Teresa Donnellan (Georgetown University) and Nicholas Genovese (Boston College), will focus their time on editing and developing editorial content for America’s multi-media platform ministry, fostering their own journalistic skills and abilities in a challenging and unique environment and engaging with high-profile members of the journalistic and communications community. 

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“We are delighted and honored to accept Wyatt, Teresa and Nicholas as our inaugural O’Hare Fellows,” said Matt Malone, S.J., president and editor in chief of America Media. “After a competitive application process, we are confident that these individuals will add greatly to the dynamism and ability of America Media to continue to lead the conversation across our print, web, film, social media and web platforms. At the conclusion of the program, these O’Hare fellows will be uniquely suited to pursue successful careers in the Catholic media or other forms of professional journalism.”

O’Hare fellows will be housed at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus, and will be provided health care coverage and a monthly stipend for living expenses during the 10 months of the program. The Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., Postgraduate Writing Fellowship, founded in the Fall of 2015, is made possible through the generosity of William J. Loschert, a graduate of Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business, Class of 1961, and a member of America Media’s board of directors.

More information on the O’Hare Fellowship can be found here: oharefellows.org

MEET THE FELLOWS

Teresa Donnellan is a graduating senior at Georgetown University. She worked as a research assistant for the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, performing research, copyediting and writing for the project’s blog Cornerstone and various other publications. She is the 2016 recipient of the Quicksall Medal, which is awarded for excellence in an examination of Shakespeare. At Georgetown, Teresa was active in the pro-life student group as well as in chapel choir. She graduated magna cum laude with a double major in English and economics. 

Nick Genovese is a graduating senior at Boston College where he has discovered deep passions for the disciplines of theology and filmmaking. He desires to bring the Jesuit, Catholic ideals from his college experience out into the world as a way to pursue God's greater glory. At America, he ultimately hopes to use his gifts as an avid storyteller and creator of multi-platform content to help build bridges between the Catholic Church and secular society at large.

Wyatt Massey is a shameless introvert and self-diagnosed health nut. Storytelling is a family tradition and his grandpa’s tall tales are some of his fondest memories. He grew up on a farm in Wisconsin, in a town where cows outnumber people. While attending Marquette University, interactions with individuals who are homeless and marginalized taught him about shared humanity. The life of James Foley inspired him to pursue a career as a human rights journalist.

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