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Journalism Scholarships

The major of journalism is concerned with how to access information and how to share those findings with an audience through the use of tools ranging from the written word to digital video. In other words, journalism is about communication. Securing a journalism scholarship will also rely heavily on your ability to communicate, making this pursuit an excellent training exercise for your future vocation.

Typical courses found in this major include investigative reporting, media ethics, photojournalism, copyediting, multimedia tools and writing for digital media. A healthy amount of liberal arts and humanities electives help round out your curriculum. Many programs feature an internship as a degree requirement. In a journalism internship you'll work as a junior reporter in an actual media organization. This experience should provide real-world experience and may also lead to establishing media contacts you can use in your career.

Employment prospects for this major are varied. On the one hand, the rise of the Internet has meant a decline in the popularity of traditional print media. At the same time, the increasing use of the Internet and other technological developments (smart phones, tablets) has resulted in new demands for up-to-the-minute, real-time news delivery. This has resulted in new career opportunities across a greater range of media. Obviously, job prospects will be best for those that are electronically savvy. Knowledge of topics such as web development and social media strategy may help you stand out from your peers.

When considering journalism degree programs, you'll want to closely examine the opportunities available with student media. Does the institution have a school newspaper, radio station and website? When can journalism majors begin contributing to them? Are they independently run by the student body or is there faculty supervision? 

To find out more about the world of journalism scholarships explore the links below.

Mike Reynolds Scholarship

Mike Reynolds, who died in 1988 of a brain tumor at age 45, was assignment editor and then managing editor at KCCI-TV in Des Moines, IA. Trustees of the fund to honor his memory require applicants for this award to be enrolled in journalism school and have good writing ability, excellent grades, a dedication to the news business, strong interest in pursuing a career in electronic journalism and a demonstrated need for financial assistance. Applicants should list media-related jobs held and contributions made to funding their own education. The recipient of the Mike Reynolds Journalism Scholarship will receive $1,000 and an invitation to the Excellence in Journalism conference. MIKE REYNOLDS JOURNALSIM SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANT CRITERIA: Must be officially enrolled in college and have at least one full academic year remaining. Must be a fully enrolled college sophomore or higher to receive scholarship. Must apply for only one scholarship. May be enrolled in any major so long as your intent is a career in electronic journalism.

Dwight Bentel Scholarship

College/Department: Applied Sciences & Arts - Journalism & Mass Communications For an undergraduate majoring in any of the department's degree programs.

Mid-Florida Society of Pro. Journalists Scholarship

A $1,000 grant awarded annually to a minority undergraduate student majoring in journalism or who intends to pursue a career in journalism. Applicants must be Florida residents, show need and high academic standing.

The Walter E. and Mary E. Hemphill Scholarship Fund

Walter "Doc" Hemphill and his wife left a fund in the care of the Foundation for use in supporting scholarships for needy and talented college students.

Louis A. Duino Scholarship Endowment

College/Department: Applied Sciences & Arts - Journalism & Mass Communications Applicants must be junior or senior students, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in their major field of study, and demonstrate financial need.

Visual Task Force Scholarship

Number of Awards Available: 2 Amount of the Award: $1,500 Student Type: High School, Undergraduate or Graduate The NABJ Visual Task Force (VTF) was formed in 1990 and it provides a venue for visual journalists in the areas of photojournalism, design and informational graphics, broadcast photojournalism and visual leadership for newspaper, magazine, broadcast and online publications. Specific Application Requirements: Must major in journalism with a concentration in visual journalism (college students); must have an interest in majoring in journalism with a focus on visual journalism (high school) G.P.A. requirement: 2.75 or higher Essay topic: "What are the top three (3) reasons you would like to pursue a career in visual journalism and how do you use your visual skills to effectively and creatively tell a story?" (1,000 - 2,000 words) Must have visual journalism experience General Application Requirements: Resume Cover Letter Official College / High School Transcript Work Samples Three (3) References

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Journalism Internship/Scholarship

Up to $10,000 to be awarded to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender journalism/communications students.

Wilma Smith Scholarship

This is a new scholarship created to honor longtime WJW anchor Wilma Smith who retired in May 2013, after a 35 year career in Cleveland broadcasting. The $2,500 award is funded by WJW Fox 8. It is designated for a female college student from the Cleveland market who is currently a second or third year student majoring in a television-related field.

Mary A. Gardner Scholarship

The award, established by Dr. Gardner’s former students, goes to an outstanding college journalism student who is an incoming college junior or senior.

Gould - Sigma Delta Chi Scholarship

College/Department: Applied Sciences & Arts - Journalism & Mass Communications Student must be journalism major, in residence at SJSU for at least one semester, with 2.75 GPA, and in need of financial assistance.

The Ed Bradley Scholarship

Ed Bradley, 60 Minutes correspondent at CBS News, was once a teacher and made a switch to journalism. Bradley spoke of introducing deserving minority students to the communications career field and endowed this $10,000 annual award under the banner of RTNDF.

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