By Lynn Yen
A week ago, Nate DiCamillo graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois. Four years of studying journalism came to an end, but his career is just beginning.
DiCamillo is one of 18 young journalists selected for the Dow Jones News Fund Business Reporting Internship Program. After a weeklong residency held at New York University, he will spend the summer writing for American Banker, also in New York City.
The city is a familiar place for DiCamillo. He spent the past semester living in New York interning at Newsweek and taking classes at The King’s College.
His favorite story he wrote at Newsweek was his first. He covered a protest at John F. Kennedy International Airport in January. It was the first protest he had been to. DiCamillo remembers talking to people of all religious backgrounds protesting the travel ban to Muslim countries and calling for religious liberty.
While at King’s, he was introduced to business reporting in a class taught by Paul Glader, director of the DJNF business internship program.
DiCamillo quickly learned the significance of covering the business sector and found a new direction for his career.
“Where the money goes really affects the markets and people’s lives,” he said.
Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, DiCamillo has always loved storytelling and wanted to be a novelist at a younger age. In high school, he wrote and published a newsletter detailing the trips and events of his homeschool cooperative.
He continued his passion for writing at his college newspaper The GlimmerGlass.
As a news reporter he didn’t shy away from covering the sensitive topic of sexual assault and Title IX rights on his campus.
Looking to the future, DiCamillo sees the challenge of job security facing modern journalists.
“It’s a volatile market, but it’s a good one,” he said.
His former editor at the Annapolis-based Capitol Gazette, Teri Winslow, has full confidence in DiCamillo’s future as a journalist.
“Nate is one of the most eager to learn young journalists I’ve ever worked with. He’s dogged in the pursuit of a story and always willing to go the extra mile to check facts and interview people,” Winslow said.
At 22, DiCamillo has his whole professional life ahead of him. Right now his goals are to stay in New York City, get a job as a business journalist and open a retirement account.