Dominique Smith, winner of free registration to the Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference 2018, poses with Marty Baron of the Washington Post. Photo: Dominique Smith

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Dow Jones News Fund invites local students studying journalism or working for student media at community colleges and four-year universities in New Orleans, Miami, San Antonio, Atlanta and Houston to apply for free conference registration to attend journalism conventions coming to their home cities this summer and fall.

Linda Shockley, managing director of the News Fund, said, “We want more students to benefit from the nation’s best journalists meeting in their cities. These conferences are vital for students as they prepare for careers.”

Full-time college sophomores, juniors, and seniors who want to pursue journalism careers and who live within commuting distance of each city are eligible to apply. Students must be available to attend the entire conference and will be responsible for their own transportation.

The News Fund will provide free registration to attend these conferences:

Applicants should submit this form and email a resume and 500-word essay to by April 18, 2019, 11 p.m. EST.

After each conference, attendees will blog about their experiences on the News Fund website

Dominique Smith, now a senior at the University of Central Florida, attended the 2018 Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference in Orlando, Florida, as part of DJNF’s Emerging Journalists program. Read about his experience here.