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Four Scripps journalism students win prestigious journalism internships

ATHENS, Ohio (April 13, 2006) -- Four students in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism have won national competitions for prestigious summer internships.

Three seniors were among 85 college students chosen nationwide for Dow Jones Newspaper Fund editing internships this summer. A fourth student was selected for the Chips Quinn Scholars program, which gives exceptional journalism students of color hands-on training to bring greater diversity to the nation's daily newspapers.

"We are proud of how well our students have done in this competitive environment," said Tom Hodson, director of the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism. "It is a testament to the school's focus on teaching core journalism fundamentals and the emphasis put on applying these skills in the real world."

The Dow Jones program, which drew more than 550 applications for 2006 summer internships, is the most competitive editing internship program in the country. The seniors who won spots in the program are:

Magen Howard of Castalia, Ohio. Howard will spend the summer on the copy desk of the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky. Howard is a news writing and editing major. She spent last summer as a reporting intern for the Memphis Commercial Appeal and also has interned at the Norwalk (Ohio) Reflector. She is a reporter and copy editor this year at The Post, the independent, student-run newspaper at Ohio University.

Kyle Kondik of Broadview Heights, Ohio. Kondik will spend the summer on the copy desk of the Akron Beacon-Journal in Akron, Ohio. Kondik, who was named a Top Prospect last year, is a senior majoring in online journalism. Kondik is this year's editor of The Post and last summer he was an intern with the Columbus Dispatch, working with the staff of the editorial page.

Chrissy Lane of Orchard Park, N.Y. Lane will spend the summer on the copy desk of the News-Sentinel in Fort Wayne, Ind. Lane is majoring in public relations and is this year's managing editor for The Post. Lane has been a media relations intern for IBM and a special events and publicity intern for the City of Boston.

In addition, eight Scripps students were named "Top Prospects" by the Dow Jones program. The "Top Prospects" honor is given to students who show exceptional promise as editors. The students are Noah Blundo, Patrick Bourland, Christine Fram, Cristina Lachowyn, Cara McCoy, Molly O'Hare, Kristen Perry and Cheryl Sadler.

The Chips Quinn internship goes to Dwayne Steward, a junior in the news-editorial sequence from Delaware, Ohio. Steward will spend the summer reporting for the The News Journal in Wilmington, Del. Steward is a reporter for The Post.

"The fact that so many Scripps students have won these internships - and have a track record of winning these competitive internships every year - is a great compliment to their talent and commitment to journalism," said Deborah Gump, Knight Professor of editing and coordinator of Dow Jones and Chips Quinn internship programs for Scripps.

The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund offers summer internships in newspaper copy editing and sports copy editing, as well as business reporting. Each program provides free pre-internship training seminars on college campuses and weekly salaries starting at $350 for a minimum of 10 weeks. Interns who return to college full time the following fall will receive $1,000 scholarships from the Fund. The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund was founded in 1958 by editors of The Wall Street Journal to improve the quality of journalism education and the pool of applicants for jobs in the newspaper business.

The Chips Quinn Scholars program, sponsored by the Freedom Forum, is named for John "Chips" Quinn Jr., editor of the Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal, who died at age 34. Chips was the son of John Quinn, advisory trustee and former deputy chairman of the Freedom Forum, and Loie Quinn, who together founded the program in 1991. There were six interns that first summer; today, more than 900 students have participated. Chips Quinn Scholars participate in a four-day orientation program before starting their internships, and they also receive $1,000 scholarships.

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