Johnson will work with City Paper journalists over the next few months | Photo provided

Charleston City Paper is one of 12 newspapers to host student fellows this semester as part of the Google News Initiative. Google News fellow Eric Johnson, 23, is joining the newsroom this fall.

Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Rust College in 2021 and is currently a graduate student at Columbia University in New York City, where he is studying nonprofit management.

Entering Rust College in 2017 in Holly Springs, Mississippi, Johnson said he did not realize he wanted to pursue journalism as a career until a work-study with Rust’s radio and television stations. A good match with his added love for business, Johnson said “that introduction has also shown me the lack of parity in the world and gave me a channel to fight misinformation in the news industry.”