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Program Highlights from 2015

Media Invited to Request DJNF Interns

While the Dow Jones News Fund has begun offering internships to students and informing winners on a rolling basis, media companies may still be able to enroll in the 2016 summer program.

Media interested in hiring interns trained in data journalism, digital media, business reporting or news editing should complete this online request form as soon as possible. A representative of the News Fund will follow up to advise if a match can be made.

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 new data journalism internship program will be trained by Mark Horvit and others at Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) at the University of Missouri. 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 interns attend sessions at New York University.
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 recognized the winners of its National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year contest at the National High School Journalism Convention Nov. 14 in Orlando, Fla. Kirkwood (Mo.) High School teacher Mitch Eden, the 2015 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year, was presented a plaque and laptop computer.

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.  

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 12-15 -- CMA, New York City
March 16-18 -- CSPA, New York City
March 31-April 2 --ACES, Portland, Ore.
April 14-17 -- Spring National High School Journalism Convention, Los Angeles
May 19-21 -- SABEW, Washington, D.C.
May -- Internship Residency Programs begin


June 22-25 -- Associated Press Sports Editors, Charlotte, NC
Aug. 3-7 -- NABJ/NAHJ Convention & Career Fair, Washington, D.C.
Aug. 4-7 -- AEJMC, Minneapolis
Aug. 10-13 -- AAJA, Las Vegas
Sept. 11-14 -- ASNE-APME Conference, Philadelphia
Sept. 15-17 -- ONA, Denver
Sept. 18 - 20 -- SPJ/NAJA/RTDNA Joint Conference, New Orleans
Oct. 1 -- Deadline for all funding proposals
Nov. 3 -- DJNF
Internship application deadline
Nov. 10-13 -- Fall National High School Journalism Convention, Indianapolis
Dec. 9 - 11 -- 2017 DJNF interns selected


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