New scholarship diversifies DC journalism internships with $4,000 stipend and free housing

Press release | Press Club National Institute of Journalism

A new scholarship program will provide free housing and a monthly stipend to support student journalists of color who plan to intern in news media in Washington, D.C., starting in 2023.

The Lewis Scholarship has an estimated value of $10,000 and will be awarded to one undergraduate student journalist of color each fall, spring, and summer semester. The scholarship will provide a stipend of $1,000 per month and free housing provided by Washington Student Housing for the duration of the student’s internship, usually four months.

The fellowship program was established April 15 by the family of former Washington correspondent Robert “Bob” DG Lewis to honor Mr. Lewis’ tenacity, dedication to investigative journalism, and involvement in major law enforcement organizations. journalism.

The Lewis Scholarship advances the work of Bob and Jacqueline Lewis to improve accessibility to experiential learning opportunities in the nation’s capital for students of color. This partnership, administered through the National Press Club Journalism Institute, will expand Lewis’ commitment to expanding representation in Washington, D.C., to include the news media, adding to their work creating and operating the Washington Intern and HBCU National Center student housing program.

“Experiential learning is so important for students to gain insight into the real world and workplaces outside of home and school,” said Jacqueline Lewis. “We are thrilled to create this program with the National Press Club to help young journalists who otherwise could not access internships in Washington, D.C. Climbing the corporate ladder is the first step towards a more representative workforce . “

Lewis was a longtime Washington correspondent for the Michigan chain of Booth newspapers, who retired as editor at Newhouse. Lewis served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Press Club from 1975 to 1977. He was President of the Society of Professional Journalists from 1985 to 1986 and Chairman of its Committee on Freedom of Information from 1978 to 1983.

“We are thrilled that the Lewis family has chosen the National Press Club as the home for this life-changing opportunity for students,” said NPC President Jen Judson. “Not only does the Fellowship honor the work of a dedicated former Press Club member and investigative journalist, it advances the industry in essential ways.”

The National Press Club Institute of Journalism will begin accepting nominations in fall 2022 for the inaugural award. This process will be announced on the Institute’s website in early fall.

The scholarship will be open to students of color currently enrolled in their first or final year of undergraduate study, who are at least 18 years old and have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Senior graduates can apply for this scholarship if their internship takes place during the semester immediately following graduation.

Students must provide an acceptance letter showing that they have been granted an on-site journalism internship in Washington, D.C., which will take place during the semester in which they would receive the scholarship. If applying for a spring or fall scholarship, scholarship recipients must also be enrolled in online courses at their college or university while in Washington, DC.

The $4,000 scholarship will be awarded each semester to a student journalist of color who demonstrates a commitment to a journalism career in the nation’s capital. WISH housing is valued at $6,000 per semester.

“The Lewis family’s commitment to supporting young journalists of color creates an incredible opportunity for students who feel like landing an internship or dream job in the nation’s capital is impossible due to finances,” said Gil Klein. , president and resident director of the National Press Club Journalism Institute. for the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Founded in 1908, The national press club is the world’s leading professional organization of journalists. The Club has 3,000 members representing nearly every major news organization and is a leading voice for press freedom in the United States and around the world.

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