The Columns

The Summer of BP

— by on July 1st, 2010

For several of Washington and Lee’s business journalism interns, this is the summer of BP. From the Charlotte Observer to the Seattle Times, the W&L students and recent grads have had their bylines appear on stories that take decidedly different angles on the BP oil spill.

Have a look at their stories at the links below.

Catherine Carlock, who graduated in May, is doing a post-graduate internship with Marketwatch in San Francisco. Her story on the impact that a BP boycott might have on independent sellers ran on the Marketwatch wire and appeared in several newspapers, including the clip below from the Wichita Eagle:

• Boycott of BP may harm independent sellers most

Brooke Sutherland, a junior, is an intern this summer with The Charlotte Observer. She talked with the owner of a BP station, car wash and convenience store in Mooresville, N.C., for a June 19 story.

Senior Tim Watson is spending the summer with USA Today. He shared the byline on a piece about the ongoing losses that people on the Louisiana coast expect to suffer because of the oil spill.

• Future losses from BP oil spill worry Gulf Coast businesses

Victoria Taylor, a senior, is with Forbes.com. She took a look at the marketing campaigns that oil campaigns have mounted in response to BP’s problems.

• Oil Companies Back Slick Ad Campaigns

Jason Bacaj, a 2010 graduate, is on a post-graduate internship at the Seattle Times, where he found that the BP oil spill has caused a boom in demand for shallow-water skimmer boats built by Kvichak Marine Industries in Ballard, Wash.

• BP oil spill brings big order to Seattle boat builder