Tony Ortega of The Village Voice with students from the New York University Urban Journalism Workshop.

PRINCETON, N.J. — The board of directors of the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund approved nearly $515,000 in grants and operating expenses for 2009 programs for high school and college students and high school journalism teachers while adding an editing seminar for professors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The Fund will operate six Centers for Editing Excellence and a business reporting training center.

The Fund will provide up to 70 internships to college juniors, seniors and graduate students in its copy editing and sports copy editing programs, and to college sophomores, juniors and seniors in business reporting.

Adviser Update, the Fund’s quarterly tabloid publication, will continue to be distributed free to high school journalism teachers with a growing circulation and support from sponsors.

Programs approved for grants are listed.

COLLEGE PROGRAMS   –  $325,000

Newspaper Editing Intern Program will train college students who will work as copy editors, sports copy editors and multimedia copy editors during the summer of 2009. Each will attend a Center for Editing Excellence for one or two weeks 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, directed by Brian Brooks and Pennsylvania State University, directed by  Dr. Marie Hardin. Centers at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, directed by Dr. Charlyne Berens and Western Kentucky University, directed by Dr. Pam Johnson, will train sports copy editing and multimedia interns, respectively.

Editors at Dow Jones Newswires will train 12 college students in the Business Reporting Program at New York University to work as reporting interns in the business sections of daily newspapers and news services, and Web sites during summer 2009.

As many as a dozen professors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities will be selected to attend specialized training in multimedia in a revived program to be offered in the summer.


National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year–$3,000 was allotted for scholarships to be awarded in 2009 to students of five high school journalism teachers chosen as best in 2008.  An additional $7,000 was granted to promote the program through travel and speaking engagements for the 2008 Teacher of the Year at newspaper industry 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.


Summer High School Journalism Workshops and Workshops Writing and Photography Competitions

Grants for 27 workshops were offered to the following colleges and organizations: California Chicano News Media Association/San Diego; California Chicano News Media Association, Mosaic/San Jose, Calif.; Eastern Illinois University/Illinois Press Foundation, Charleston; Florida A&M University, Tallahassee; Kent (Ohio) State University; Marquette University, Milwaukee; Hugh N. Boyd Diversity Workshop, West Long Branch, N.J.; Native American Journalists Association, Norman, Okla.; New York University; New England Journalism Workshop, Boston; Pennsylvania State University, University Park; San Antonio College; San Francisco State University; Seattle University; Texas Christian University, Fort Worth; University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; University of Arizona, Tucson; University of Kentucky, Lexington; University of Miami; University of Mississippi, Oxford; University of Missouri, Columbia; University of Oklahoma, Norman; University of Texas at El Paso; Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond; Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green; State University of New York at Stony Brook, and the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists at the Daily News.

Up to eight students will be awarded $1,000 college scholarships for the best writing and photography in the 2009 summer high school journalism workshops and for 2008 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 and starting high school newspapers. More than 4,000 high school journalism teachers, college professors and media professionals receive Adviser Update, the free quarterly newspaper on teaching scholastic journalism.