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Alumni Awards Reception

The Dow Jones News Fund is excited to announce its first Alumni Awards Reception honoring alumni who break boundaries, promote innovation in the newsroom, and mentor and inspire the next generation of journalists. Friends of the Dow Jones News Fund are invited to join us on October 9 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Fox Sports Suite in New York City to recognize these outstanding media leaders:

Futurist Award:
Mario R. García, 1968 intern and 1972 fellow
CEO and Founder, García Media

Game-Changer Award:
Garry D. Howard, 1981 intern
Director of Corporate Initiatives, American City Business Journals

Excellence in Media Awards:
LaSharah Bunting, 2000 intern
Senior Editor, Digital Transition, The New York Times

Vinny Vella, 2012 intern
Staff Writer, Philadelphia Daily News

Royce Hall, 1997 and 1999 intern
West Coast Advertising Director, Thrillist Media Group

Ashley Thomas, 2008 intern and Trayes Scholar
East Region Day Supervisor, Associated Press 


Tickets are $100/person. Sponsorship opportunities available.

High School Teachers: Win a Digital Subscription to The Wall Street Journal

The Dow Jones News Fund and the publishers of The Wall Street Journal are partnering again this year to award 25 digital subscriptions to high school journalism teachers and media advisers.

High School teachers are invited to submit 250 words or less explaining how they would use a digital subscription to in their classroom by Sept. 18. The Dow Jones News Fund will select 25 winners for subscriptions beginning Oct. 1.  

Since 2009, publishers of The Wall Street Journal havecontributed more than 100 subscriptions to essayists and winners in the News Fund's annual Teacher Awards program. Last year more than 1,000 high school students had daily access to The Wall Street Journal through these programs. 

Previous winners have used to teach students about newsworthiness, lead writing, story ideas, web design, photography, cutlines, expert sources, infographics, bias, and current events. How can you use The Wall Street Journal in your classroom? Click here to tell us and for the chance to win a free one-year digital subscription.

Direct contest questions to Heather Taylor at, or call 609-520-5912.

Phantom in Phoenix: A Digital Story Told by DJNF Interns 

 (Photo credit: Kaard Bombe)

With Broadway's Phantom of the Opera in Phoenix for the summer, Mike Wong of Arizona State University's Cronkite School saw the perfect backdrop for 14 Dow Jones News Fund digital interns to showcase their skills in May.

The result, a website featuring high resolution photos, podcasts and video, produced and with powerful, professional equipment and cutting-edge digital software.

The Fund's digital media program trains students in video and audio editing, reporting, data mapping, podcasting, web design and more.

"The thing I'm most excited to use this summer will be the ability to record and edit my own audio. To be able to lay it out and track it, and things like that, will be very helpful for the organization I work with, and it will be a useful skill for me,” said William True, from Carnegie Mellon interning at the International Center for Journalists.

"I had no idea how to edit audio outside of my phone, so using DSLR cameras and video cameras was very helpful for me.

ASU student Curtis Spicer said, "This summer I expect to be doing some visual sports production for the Arizona Republic. So I’m hoping to use some of the things I learned this week, particularly audio editing, and video editing, and layering my tracks so that they are pleasing to the eye and to the ear."

The training was also the first time for some students to work on a large team and under tight deadlines.

Madi Alexander, a University of Missouri student at the New York Times said, “The most important thing I learned this week (is) basically work flow and how to work with a big team. We have 14 people working on a story and that's more people than I've worked with on a project before."

Harrison Brink, a Temple University student assigned to Comcast in Philadelphia, said he learned “how to work on a tighter deadline than I'm used to and how to roll with the punches and come back from certain failures."

Other Fund programs – business reporting, news and sports editing – also incorporate how to use social media, data-based research and Search Engine Optimization, in their summer assignments. A total of 93 DJNF interns are working at news media throughout the country. 

2014 Dow Jones News Fund Teacher of the Year Scholarship Winners Announced

The Dow Jones News Fund will award $3,000 in scholarships to five graduating high school seniors who will pursue journalism in college.

The scholarship recipients were selected by the 2014 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year and four Distinguished Advisers through writing contests organized by the teachers at their high schools in April and May.

The top scholarship recipient is Lindsay Pugh of Prince George (Va.) High School, where Chris Waugaman, 2014 Teacher of the Year, teaches and advises the award-winning Royal News and Pugh will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend The College of William and Mary in Virginia.  Read more.

2014 Dow Jones News Fund Teacher of the Year offers advice at CSPA

The Dow Jones News Fund's 2014 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year Chris Waugaman joined Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) Executive Director Ed Sullivan for a one on one conversation at the CSPA Spring Convention in New York City March 19, 2015.

At the CSPA Advisers Luncheon, Mr. Waugaman shared with his fellow journalism teachers and media advisers what he learned over the course of his 17 year career. When asked what he would have done differently, Mr. Waugaman offered these tips: establish alumni relations; take advantage of free resources when offered; actively seek out collaborations with other departments and staff.

Mr. Waugaman is a journalism teacher and media adviser at Prince George (Va.) High School. He advises the award-winning Royal News and the website.

Each year the Dow Jones News Fund honors a Teacher of the Year and recognizes distinguished advisers. The winning Teacher of the Year addresses journalism educators and media professionals at JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Convention and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, receives a laptop computer, complimentary access to 12 Poynter Institute webinars, a digital subscription to The Wall Street Journal, and a $1,000 scholarship for a senior student.

For more information about the Teacher of the Year Program, CLICK HERE.

Study: Digital Internships Influenced Hundreds

For nearly 20 years, the Dow Jones News Fund has influenced the journalism careers of hundreds of journalists through its digital workshops. In an effort to enhance the program, Dow Jones surveyed DJNF Digital Workshop alumni to explore the most important skills the alumni learned and built upon during their training, where they landed after the internship, and more. Visit the website for infographics, video.

The study was conducted by a team led by Dr. Pam Johnson of Western Kentucky University who ran a digital internship program for the Fund from 2007 through 2013. She also directs a DJNF-sponsored digital program for professors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The program offered in July taught instructors how to create news apps.
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March 11 - 14 -- CMA, New York City
March 18 - 20 -- CSPA, New York City
March 26 - 28 --ACES, Pittsburgh
April 10-11 --SNDMakesDC,
Washington, D.C.
April 16 - 19 -- Spring High School Journalism Convention, Denver
April 23 - 25 -- SABEW, Chicago
May -- Internship Residency Programs begin

June 12 -- Collaborating Across Boundaries Workshop

June 24 - 27 -- Associated Press Sports Editors, San Diego
July 9-- Deadline to nominate Teacher of the Year
July 9 - 12 -- NAJA, Crystal City, VA
Aug. 5 - 9 -- NABJ Career Fair, Minneapolis
Aug. 5 - 9 -- AEJMC, San Francisco
Aug. 12 - 15 -- AAJA, San Francisco
Sept. 18 - 20 -- SPJ/NAHJ Joint Conference, Orlando
Sept. 24 - 26 -- ONA, Los Angeles
Oct. 1 -- Deadline for all funding proposals
Oct. 16 - 18--ASNE/APME Joint Conference, Palo Alto
Nov. 3 -- DJNF
Internship application deadline
Nov. 12 - 15 -- Fall High School Journalism Convention, Orlando
November --
DJNF Board of Directors, Princeton, N.J.
Dec. 9 - 11 -- 2016 DJNF interns selected


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