This summer after she graduates Danae King will go to the Baltimore Sun as the first person to hold the Mary J. Corey Internship.
It is the only paid internship at the Sun and honors the Sun’s first female editor in chief. Corey began as an assistant at the Sun and worked her way up to editor in chief. She died from breast cancer in 2013 at age 49.
Corey built up investigative journalism at the Sun. During the Skype interview, King said she thought she was like Corey in this regard, as she created the investigative team at the BG News as editor this year.
King is from Tipp City, Ohio, north of Dayton. Her pre-college visit to BGSU included a tour of West Hall and the BG News newsroom. As she tells it, she fell in love when she got there. She said she was so happy she was crying.
When she arrived her first year, King showed up in the BG News newsroom even before classes had started. She worked at the BG News throughout her college career. She worked as a reporter, copy editor, entertainment editor, summer editor in chief, campus editor and finished her senior year as editor in chief.
As editor of the BG News, King instituted a beat system, created an investigative team, and led the staff to produce more web-only content, videos, and infographics, and to use social media more to connect with readers.
During her time at BGSU, she also helped to revive the student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. For part of her sophomore year and the entirety of her junior year, King served as SPJ chapter president and hosted events, gained new members and went to conferences. As a senior, she stepped down as president but stayed active as the chapter’s treasurer.
With all that work, King has maintained a high 3.8 grade point average. She is a print journalism major and with a minor in women’s studies. King loves to write and she wants to be a reporter writing about women’s issues, diversity issues or doing investigative journalism one day.
She has freelanced at three papers near her hometown, and this past summer, she was an intern on the Metro Desk at the Columbus Dispatch. At the Dispatch she wrote about health and science and covered state news, most notably the murder-suicide of two young boys in Jackson, Ohio.