Freedom Forum Diversity Institute

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555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, District of Columbia 20001
United States

Tel: 202-292-6100
Tel: 615-727-1410
Email: plswriter@aol.com
Email: vhoeppner@freedomforum.org
Website: www.freedomforumdiversity.org
Diversity Institute Multimedia Scholars Program
 

Description

The purpose of the Diversity Institute Multimedia Scholars Program is to prepare students for careers in multimedia journalism and to increase newsroom diversity. The Freedom Forum Diversity Institute and Schurz Communications are committed to encouraging and training people of color to enter the field of journalism. The Diversity Institute Multimedia Scholars program is a concentrated multimedia journalism course. Scholars will enhance their writing skills, learn to record and edit audio, learn about photojournalism and video journalism. Scholars will produce several multimedia projects including blogs, Soundslides and videos.

Support Provided

Multimedia Scholar graduates receive eight-week paid internships as reporters, photographers and multimedia journalists in Schurz Communications newsrooms. The internships begin in June. You will have the option to take the multimedia journalism course for three credit hours from Belmont University with permission from your college or university. Each participant is urged to take advantage of this opportunity. Application forms are available at www.freedomforumdiversity.org. Preference will be given to those applicants interested in journalism careers and who show the greatest potential.

Deadline

March 2011. Check website for updates.

Contact

Pearl Stewart, Program Officer
Val Hoeppner, Program Officer

The Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism

Email: kcatone@freedomforum.org

 

www.chipsquinn.org

Description

The Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism offers students hands-on training and mentoring by caring news veterans. Nearly 1,200 men and women have been named Chips Quinn Scholars since 1991, making it the largest and most enduring diversity initiative of the Freedom Forum. The aim: Provide special support and encouragement that will open doors to news careers and bring greater diversity to the newsrooms of the United States.


Support Provided

 

All expenses are paid. The program, operated by the Diversity Institute and funded by the Freedom Forum, provides internships, training, an intense one-week college course in multimedia skills and financial assistance to college students from multicultural backgrounds who are pursuing careers in journalism. Internships are offered in spring and summer. College juniors, seniors or recent graduates with majors in journalism or career goals in journalism are eligible. The Diversity Institute matches nominees with participating news organizations from across the country for 10- to 12-week paid internships. Selected scholars participate in a four-day orientation program at the John Seigenthaler Center in Nashville, Tenn., in preparation for their internships. At the end of their internships, they come to the Diversity Institute’s school facility in Nashville for a one-week class in multimedia journalism and can earn one hour of college credit.

 

Deadline

The annual application deadline is in October.


Contact 

Karen Catone, Program Officer

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