The program provides an opportunity to showcase the talent and knowledge that young professionals bring to news media companies, says the alliance.

"It is amazing what these young people have accomplished so early in their careers. They will secure the future of journalism and define how news is done for the next generation," said David Chavern, president and CEO of the alliance.

A panel of Alliance staff members judged each nominee on the value of the nominee's contributions to his or her company and to the industry. Recipients had to be under the age of 30 to be considered for the award.

The 2018 News Media Alliance Rising Stars are Adam Harris, staff writer, The Atlantic;
Adina Solomon, journalist, freelance; Bridget Lane, software developer, Gannett; Deborah Swearingen, reporter, Evergreen Newspapers; Dorothy Edwards, multimedia photojournalist, Florida/Naples Daily News, USA Today Network; Georgi Kantchev, reporter, The Wall Street Journal; Haowei Qin, Data Scientist | Quantitative Business Analyst, Gannett, USA Today Network; Jeff Gray, communications manager, Street Sense Media; Jon Sindreu, reporter, The Wall Street Journal; Katrease Stafford, city government reporter, Detroit Free Press; Lillian Chapa, associate editor, Security Management; Mark Hannallah, product manager, Gannett/USA Today Network; Melissa Turqman, vice president Digital Advertising, Modern Luxury Magazine; Mike Bird, reporter, The Wall Street Journal; Nicole Hong, reporter, The Wall Street Journal; Rachel Sadon, producer, WAMU; Rob Gindes, manager, Software Development, Gannett; Sally Hayden, journalist, freelance; Sarah Jarvis, digital marketing activation and subscriber engagement manager, Tribune Interactive (tronc); and Stephanie Solis, reporter, Asbury Park Press, Gannett.