Mizzou student named Edlin intern

Photo: Mary Jane Rogers

Seth Eisenkramer is currently serving as the Jewish Light’s 2014 Joseph J. Edlin Memorial Journalism Intern this summer.

The Joseph J. Edlin Memorial Journalism Internship was founded in memory of attorney and real estate developer Joseph J. Edlin, by his widow, Miriam “Mimi” Edlin, who currently lives in Sarasota, Fla.

Joseph Edlin, a native St. Louisan served as board president of the Jewish Light, and was an avid writer, Edlin said, getting book reviews published in the Jewish Light, the St Louis Globe-Democrat, St Louis Post-Dispatch and the New York Times.

For about 10 years, the endowment set up in his memory was used for the Joseph J. Edlin Memorial Lectureship, although in 2006, the fund was used to create a summer internship position at the Jewish Light


“We really wanted to set up the memorial fund and this internship with an appreciation for the art of communication, both in the spoken and the written word,” Mimi Edlin said in a past interview. 

Edlin set up a similar internship with the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish News.

Eisenkramer, 20, is a junior at the University of Missouri-Columbia Journalism School, whose major is convergence journalism with an emphasis in entrepreneurial journalism.

He is the son of Charles Eisenkramer of Chesterfield and Lisa Eisenkramer of Ballwin. His family belongs to Congregation Shaare Emeth. Eisenkramer attended Marquette High School, where he worked for the school’s newspaper, the Marquette Messenger, during his senior year. He served in a variety of roles, including columnist, page designer, staff reporter and photographer and assistant webmaster. 

At Mizzou, Eisenkramer has worked since his freshman year as circulation clerk at The Columbia Missourian.

He said he is drawn to journalism by the possibilities it offers to share information and tell people’s stories.

“I’m intrigued by the art of storytelling,” Eisenkramer said. “I’ve also always loved re-creating something, whether it be a scene through a photo, an event through a video or an idea through words.”

Although he is still mulling over what his post-graduation path will be, he said he hopes to use his journalistic talents “in a creative fashion that allows me to share peoples’ stories.”