Nominations sought for American Indian Journalism Institute at USD

Nominations sought for American Indian Journalism Institute at USD Nominations are being accepted for the third annual American Indian Journalism Institute, a three-week educational program at The University of South Dakota. The nomination deadline is April 1. AIJI, to be held June 1-20, is a college course funded by the Freedom Forum Neuharth Center at The University of South Dakota.

It trains approximately 25 Native students each year in the basics of print journalism. Tuition, room and board are provided free. Those who successfully complete the program earn four hours of college credit that can be transferred to another college. They also receive a $500 stipend/scholarship when they re-enroll in any college for the fall semester.

About a dozen participants will go directly from AIJI to paid summer internships at daily newspapers throughout the country. Those newspapers

include the Argus Leader of Sioux Falls, The Forum of Fargo, ND, the Journal Star of Lincoln, NE, the Missoulian of Missoula, MT, the Daily Phoenix and Times-Democrat of Muskogee, OK, and the Associated Press bureau in Sioux Falls.

The program is open exclusively to Native students interested in journalism who have completed at least one year of college and who intend to return to school in the fall.

To nominate a student, write a letter explaining why the person should be accepted into the institute and how they can be contacted. Please include the nominee's mailing address and e-mail address, if available.

Self-nominations also are welcome. Address nomination letters to Jack Marsh, director, Freedom Forum Neuharth Center, University of South Dakota, 414 East Clark St., Vermillion, SD 57069. Or send e-mail to

For further information, contact Jack Marsh at 605-677-6315.

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