Students, apply for summer newsroom fellowship

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Fellowships fund internships for students seeking journalism careers

Society of Professional Journalists, Virginia Pro Chapter
Virginia SPJ, SDX Educational Foundation

SPJ members in Virginia will award two $1,500 fellowships that will require – and help pay for – a supervised summer newsroom internship for any rising junior or senior at an accredited Virginia college. The 2015 internships require at least six weeks’ full-time work at a bona fide news organization.

Winners will have the entire responsibility of securing a summer internship, although the foundation trustees will assist with placement upon request. Payment of the fellowship stipend to the student will be made in advance upon confirmation by the host news organization and approval of the internship proposal by the Virginia SPJ/SDX Educational Foundation trustees. The stipend will be paid in addition to any internship salary offered by the host news organization and can be used at the student’s discretion – for example, to defray living expenses, transportation or miscellaneous costs.

Applicants are not required to be journalism majors, but they must demonstrate intent to pursue a career in journalism (print, broadcast and/or online media). The internship experience must relate to the area of journalism the student plans to pursue and include writing for publication for the chosen media. Both fellowship winners will be recognized at SPJ’s George Mason Banquet, held annually to honor a person who has supported freedom of the press and contributed significantly to Virginia journalism.

Applications are now being accepted through an online form (with some documents provided by email). The deadline to apply is April 1, 2015. We plan to announcement the winners of the fellowships by April 15.

Information about the fellowships also will be sent to every college in Virginia, to the attention of the student newspaper and any journalism/mass communications/English department.

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