News editing interns at the 2010 Temple University Center for Editing Excellence. Photo credit: Temple residency

PRINCETON, N.J. — The board of directors of the Dow Jones News Fund approved $470,000 in grants and operating expenses for 2011 programs to provide internships for college students and multimedia training for professors. High school students and journalism teachers will also benefit from the funding.

The budget includes $40,000 for multimedia training programs for professors from Hispanic-serving and historically black colleges and universities at the University of Texas El Paso, directed by Dr. Zita Arocha, and at Western Kentucky University, directed by Dr. Pam Johnson.

Rich Holden, executive director of the Fund, said, “One of the objectives of training the professors is to produce more qualified applicants from their schools for our internship programs and better prepared professionals for our industry. We are beginning to see just that. ”

The Fund will again operate six Centers for Editing Excellence and a business reporting training center. It will also provide more than 80 internships to college juniors, seniors and graduate students in its news, multimedia, sports editing and business reporting programs.

In addition, Adviser Update, the Fund’s quarterly publication, will continue to be distributed free to high school journalism teachers. It is experiencing growing circulation and support from sponsors.

Grants were approved for:


News Editing Intern Program will train college students to work as news, sports and multimedia editors during the summer of 2011. Each will attend a Center for Editing Excellence prior to the internship. The Fund allocated money to cover scholarships for those interns returning to school, intern travel and operating costs.

The news editing training centers are at Temple University, Philadelphia, directed by Dr. Edward Trayes; University of Texas at Austin, directed by S. Griffin Singer; University of Missouri, Columbia, directedby Brian Brooks, and Pennsylvania State University, directed by John Dillon. Centers at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, directed by Dr. Charlyne Berens, and Western Kentucky University, directed by Dr. Johnson, will train sports editing and multimedia interns, respectively.

Michelle LaRoche, training editor at Dow Jones Newswires, will instruct more than 12 college students in the Business Reporting Program to cover business at daily newspapers, news services and websites.


National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year–$3,000 was allotted for scholarships to be awarded in 2011 to students of five high school journalism teachers chosen as best in 2010. An additional $4,000 was granted to promote the program through travel and speaking engagements for the Teacher of the Year at news industry, scholastic and academic conferences. The program will receive in-kind support from the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Columbia Scholastic Press Association and The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition. The postmark deadline for teachers to apply is July 1.


Summer High School Journalism Workshops and Workshops Writing and Photography Competitions

Workshop funding was offered to the following organizations: California Chicano News Media Association/San Diego; California Chicano News Media Association, Mosaic/San Jose, Calif.; East Palo Alto Journalism Institute; Columbia College of Chicago; University of Idaho; Indianapolis Association of Black Journalists; Eastern Illinois University/Illinois Press Foundation, Charleston; Florida A&M University, Tallahassee; Marquette University, Milwaukee; SUNY – Stony Brook, N.Y.; Princeton University Summer Journalism Program; New England Journalism Workshop, Boston; San Antonio College; Texas Christian University, Fort Worth; Temple University, Philadelphia; University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; University of Arizona, Tucson; University of Miami; University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg; University of Missouri, Columbia; University of Oklahoma, Norman; University of Texas at El Paso; Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond; Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green; Wayne State University, Detroit; National Association of Black Journalists at Philadelphia, and ThreeSixty Journalism Camp, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn.

Up to eight students will be awarded$1,000college scholarships for the best writing, photography and multimedia package in the 2011 summer high school journalism workshops.


The Fund will update and reprint “The Journalist’s Road to Success: A Career Guide,” its sister publication in Spanish “La ruta al éxito del periodista,” as well as its booklets on running summer journalism workshops, How to Run a High School Journalism Workshop, and starting high school newspapers, In the Beginning. More than 5,000 high school journalism teachers, college professors and media professionals receive Adviser Update, the free quarterly newspaper on teaching scholastic journalism.