Indiana student to travel with NYT writer


For the second time in three years, a student studying in Indiana has been selected to go on assignment with a New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

Notre Dame junior Cassidy McDonald, from Madison, Wisconsin, is this year’s winner of Nick Kristof’s annual “Win A Trip with Nick” contest.

The winner is selected based on a written essay and an original short video.

McDonald’s prize is traveling this summer with Kristof to a developing country to raise awareness about neglected global issues. During the trip, she will blog about the experience and may appear in videos that will be published on the New York Times website.

McDonald is majoring in marketing, with a minor in journalism, ethics and democracy.

In 2014, another Notre Dame student, Nicole Sganga, won the Kristof competition and traveled with him to Myanmar. Sganga, who graduated in 2015, now works for CBS News.

At Notre Dame, McDon­ald is managing editor of Scholastic, the monthly student news magazine.

Kristof created the annual contest in 2006 to give American college students an opportunity to report and raise awareness about global issues.