September 16, 2011
A formal event announcing Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Statehouse News Bureau will be held at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, in the State Room of the Statehouse in Columbus. The public is invited to attend.
The announcement event will feature Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis and E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Director Bob Stewart.
OHIO’s Scripps College of Communication established the Statehouse News Bureau to enhance the education its students receive in public affairs journalism. Students enrolled in the fellowship will receive course credit and work as interns at The Columbus Dispatch. They will also be available to the Associated Press and members of the Ohio News Organization.
“We see this as a natural fit within our award-winning Public Affairs reporting team and our intern program, which is one of the largest and most progressive programs in the country among large newspapers,” said Benjamin J. Marrison, editor of the Dispatch. “We are excited about working with Ohio University to establish and grow the college public-affairs program in Columbus.”
Tom Suddes, E.W. Scripps Journalism faculty member, will oversee and administer the program. Suddes was a Statehouse reporter for The Plain Dealer for 17 years, is a member of The Plain Dealer’s editorial board and writes a column on state politics published in The Plain Dealer, the Dispatch and the Dayton Daily News.
Scholarship support for students in the program will be provided by the Dispatch and the Scripps Howard Foundation.
“We welcome the opportunity to partner with these two fine institutions,” said Mike Philipps, president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation, the corporate foundation of The E.W. Scripps Company. “Students will receive valuable professional experience, and news consumers throughout the state will be the ultimate beneficiaries.”
Stewart said the first year of the program will be limited to two students per term working out of the Dispatch offices across the street from the Statehouse. The goal is to expand the program over the next three years.
“We hope to have as many as 10 students per semester by year three of this program, as well as have several more media partners,” he said.
Tristan Navera, BSJ ’11, and senior journalism student Alex Stuckey are the current Statehouse bureau fellows. An index of their articles is maintained at http://www.scrippsjschool.org/bureau/.
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