The Freedom Forum to fund Native American journalism program at University of SD The Freedom Forum, in conjunction with The University of South Dakota, will provide an academic journalism program for American Indian college students in the summer of 2001.
The Freedom Forum will fully fund and run the program, and USD will award six semester hours of credit to graduates of the course. The program is open to college or college-bound students, along with high school graduates from spring 2001 being eligible. The program will be open and limited to 25 students.
The Freedom Forum Neuharth Center will pay all costs, including tuition, fees, room and board, and will give students who complete the program an $800 scholarship. The six-hour college level course is sanctioned through USD's Department of Contemporary Media and Journalism.
Follow-up programs for participants will include possible paid internships at daily newspapers, further schooling and eventual job placement.
"The summer institute is the most significant journalism program ever directed at American Indian college students, it will fill a huge void in Indian Country," said Dennis McAuliffe Jr., a Freedom Forum diversity fellow and member of the Native American Journalists Association. "This institute will be the first opportunity for many tribal college students to study journalism. Their schools typically lack journalism classes and school newspapers, the most common route to journalism careers."
Students will take a concentrated academic program teaching the basics of journalism in a university-approved course titled "Journalism Theory and Practice." Students will concentrate for one week each on reporting, editing and photography, and help publish an on-line newspaper.
Weekly field trips will introduce students to other aspects of journalism, such as political reporting and sports writing. Faculty includes professional journalists who are Native American.
The Freedom Forum is a nonpartisan international foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people. The foundation focuses on four main priorities: newsroom diversity, the Newseum (an interactive museum of news in Arlington, VA), First Amendment issues, and world press freedom.
Educators, mentors or other interested parties, may nominate participants. Nominations should be in the form of a letter addressed to Jack Marsh, Director, Freedom Forum Neuharth Center, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD 57069.