PRINCETON, N.J. — As Charles Sumner “Chuck” Stone Jr., was being remembered after his death at age 89, his connection to the Dow Jones News Fund as director of an urban journalism workshop in Lawrenceville, N.J., was also recalled.
Stone, storied columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and first president of the National Association of Black Journalists, directed the Hugh N. Boyd Urban Journalism Workshop from its inception in 1979 until he retired from the newspaper and moved to teach journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Thomas E. Engleman, former DJNF executive director, remembered Stone this way: “Chuck loved kids. Hundreds of budding journalists from New Jersey attended the summer workshops at Rider College, which were sponsored by Youth Communication, The Fund, the New Jersey Press Foundation, and dozens of New Jersey newspapers, companies and organizations.
“Chuck was an inspiration, not just for those high school students, but also for the many professional journalists he persuaded to come to the workshop as mentors and instructors.
“We missed him first when he retired from the Philadelphia Daily News and moved to North Carolina, but our memories of his gentle, but firm, way of teaching made a lasting impression on all of us who knew him.”
At Engleman’s invitation, Stone addressed the Association for Education in Journalism, Aug. 9, 1981, at Michigan State University. His talk was entitled “Mainstreaming Minorities into the Media: The Urban Journalism Workshop as One Method.”
He described the workshop program, his co-director, colleagues and board members, outlined how-to steps to replicate the program in other cities, then closed with these remarks.
“These Urban Journalism Workshops can help generate a renewed enthusiasm for newspapers among minorities. If we can turn out 10 to 15 minorities in each of the 19 workshops around the country, kids committed to newspaper reporting, we can be the nucleus six years from now of at least 10 percent of the yearly graduates of journalism classes.
“Minority reporters can harmonize the duality of their existence and go on to become first-rate reporters with the same proficiency as did the Irish, Italians, Jews and Poles who are far more prolific in our newsrooms today.
“If our urban journalism workshops can join hands with the American Society of Newspaper Editors and journalism teachers in higher education, we can ensure a higher standard of journalism as well as a wider participation of Americans, regardless of ethnic or religious circumstance. As newspaper people, we can seek no nobler calling.”
The UNC-JOMC is offering the Chuck Stone Program for Diversity in Education and Media again this summer for high school students.
His family asks that donations be made to the Chuck Stone Citizen of the World fund at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication Foundation of North Carolina Inc. at UNC-Chapel Hill.