Spencer Whitney, a 23-year old journalist from New Jersey, received his master’s degree in Journalism from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism this past May. Whitney graduated from Howard University in 2011 where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the John H. Johnson School of Communications.
Whitney’s master thesis project, “End the Backlog”, a long form narrative story, explored the nationwide backlog of untested rape kits in police and crime lab storage facilities. His reporting on the rape kit backlog began the previous summer when he interned with the Oakland Post Newspaper.
While studying at UC Berkeley, Whitney worked as a teacher’s assistant in UC Berkeley’s History Department. He also was the Ambassador for the International Visiting Scholars Program, a non-degree program that provides a one-year opportunity for journalists from abroad to pursue advanced professional training and academic study.
During the commencement ceremonies, Whitney presented the four Visiting Scholars with Certificates of Recognition and thanked them for sharing their experiences and skills to the classroom. After graduation, Whitney plans to work as a freelancing multimedia journalist in the Bay Area.