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Media Invited to Request DJNF Interns

The Dow Jones News Fund invites news media to enroll in its 2016 summer internship programs to hire interns with superior digital journalism skills.

DJNF will offer internships in data journalism, digital media, business reporting and news editing to college juniors, seniors and graduate students. Employers agree to pay interns no less than $400 per week and to provide $1,200 to the News Fund for training each intern requested. This funding is passed on to universities where students are trained for a week before reporting to their summer jobs. 

Students selected for the data journalism internship program will be trained by Mark Horvit and others at Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) at the University of Missouri. Because there will be a limited number of data journalism interns, news organizations are encouraged to file their requests as soon as possible. Complete the intern request form.

Digital interns will be trained at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. Editing interns will train at Temple University, Philadelphia; the University of Texas, Austin; the University of Missouri, Columbia, and Pennsylvania State University. Business reporting and American City Business Journals interns attend sessions at New York University. 

Media are asked to sign up by Dec. 1 in time for the Dec. 10 - 12 selection. Interns may continue to be assigned before training begins in the spring. News organizations can opt to send students they select to the Fund's training programs.
Dow Jones News Fund Alumni Gather in New York City

Journalists and media leaders joined the Dow Jones News Fund at its first Alumni Awards Reception Oct. 9 to celebrate six outstanding professionals who are making their mark in the industry. All six honorees recognized the role the News Fund's college internship program played in launching their careers. Meet the 2015 honorees. 

2015 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year

The Dow Jones News Fund announced the the winners of its National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year contest. Kirkwood (Mo.) High School teacher Mitch Eden was named the 2015 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year. 

The Distinguished Advisers are Sandra Coyer, Puyallup (Wash.) High School; Rachel Rauch, Homestead High School, Mequon, Wis.; Amanda Thorpe, Portage (Mich.) Community High School; and Mitch Ziegler of Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach, Calif.

The Special Recognition Advisers are Terry Cassreino, St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Madison, Miss.; Alena Cybart-Persenaire, Kennedy High School, Waterbury, Conn.; Thomas Kaup, Auburn (Wash.) High School; and Leland Mallett, Legacy High School, Mansfield, Texas. Learn more about the award recipients.  

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 6--
DJNF Board of Directors, Princeton, N.J.
Dec. 9 - 11 -- 2016 DJNF interns selected


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