Onward and upward: A look at ThreeSixty alumni highlights

From earning national journalism awards and scholarships to getting hired to conduct research for the country’s largest television sports network, our ThreeSixty Journalism young alumni are starting to make their mark in the media world.

After Gino Terrell coached small groups of ThreeSixty summer camp students on how to craft their college essays, he headed for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) convention in New Orleans in early August, where he received its 2017 Student Journalist of the Year award. The award is presented to a college student who has excelled within the field of journalism.

Terrell graduated in May 2016 from Hamline University, where he launched a student magazine, Pipers In-Depth. He now works for the Minnesota Twins Rally Team.

“Starting a campus magazine that truly reflected diversity on campus was a passion project of mine,” Terrell said in a press release, “and to be honored with the most prestigious honor in my journalism career from the National Association of Black Journalists is very humbling.”

In a press release, NABJ President Sarah Glover said, “NABJ is proud to recognize Gino Terrell as an exemplary student journalist as he showed commitment to the craft by personally funding a much-needed student news publication.

“Gino forged a path for students to have a journalistic voice on his campus when there was none. It’s noteworthy that although a young man, Gino joins professional NABJ members across the nation working for press freedom and journalistic rights. NABJ is pleased that Gino has taken a stand at such a young age. He’s a role model for other students.”

Also this summer, Minneapolis Washburn High School 2017 graduate Julia Larson landed a gig working for ESPN during the Minneapolis X Games July 13-16 at U.S. Bank Stadium. She says she was part of the research team, which is primarily responsible for creating athlete bios.

“I would not be the person I am today [without ThreeSixty],” Larson said. “It made me so much more confident in my future and my abilities.”

Larson is studying journalism in Brazil for the 2017-18 school year and will be attending New York University starting in fall 2018.


Many other young alum also have used the skills they gained in ThreeSixty Journalism to advance their passion for media and communication this summer.

  • Simeon Lancaster (St. Thomas ‘17) was hired as a full-time production assistant at PBS NewsHour’s Under-Told Stories Project.
  • Samantha HoangLong (St. Thomas) received an internship at ThreeSixty Journalism and St. Thomas’ TommieMedia through the Minnesota Newspaper Association and Pohlad Family Foundation.
  • Selam Berhea (George Washington University) interned as a reporter at the Pioneer Press.
  • Kayla Song (University of Minnesota) received an AAJA summer internship to work at the Pioneer Press.
  • Danielle Wong (St. Thomas) received an AAJA summer internship to work at Minnesota Public Radio.
  • Erianna Jiles (St. Paul College) received a scholarship to attend the NABJ Convention.


In a recent survey of ThreeSixty’s 15 active high school seniors in the 2016-17 school year News Team, all indicated they will be attending a college or university during the 2017-18 school year. More than half intend to study communication and journalism, with the majority interested in radio or television. Here are the students and their schools:

  • Baher Hussein, Loyola University, Chicago
  • Amari Graham, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Duniyo Awad, Augsburg College
  • Kelly Ordonez Saybe, Dougherty Family College at St. Thomas
  • Mina Yuan, Stanford University
  • Samantha HoangLong, University of St. Thomas
  • Julia Larson, PUC Minas and New York University
  • Tyler Lee, Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Aidan Berg, University of Southern California
  • Skyler Kuczaboski, Dartmouth College
  • Gisell Castaneda, Dougherty Family College at St. Thomas
  • Dominic Hebel-Barreto, Hamline University
  • Stephanie Ramon Perez, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Genesis Buckhalton, Drake University
  • Melisa Robles Olivar, Minneapolis Community and Technical College