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Capitol Hill News Internships

Interns will be responsible for following newsworthy congressional activities and helping to coordinate broadcast coverage of these activities. Excellent writing skills are essential. Interns will get valuable hands-on experience in the House and Senate Radio-TV Galleries, working side by side with the Washington press and congressional staff to cover the political process. These internships are an excellent opportunity for students to make future contacts and learn the ropes of political coverage and news management. Each internship is a full-time position for three months with a salary of $1000 per month. Travel, housing and other living expenses are the responsibility of the intern.

The Abe Schechter Graduate Scholarship

Abe Schechter, a true pioneer of radio news, became the first VP of news for NBC. He began his career in newspapers, then moved to radio. During WWII, he became senior PR officer for General MacArthur. He eventually returned to NBC where he helped create the Today show. From there, he became part owner of the Mutual Broadcasting System. In the 1960s Schechter, along with RTNDF trustee George Glazer, founded a PR firm that was subsequently sold to Hill & Knowlton. Schechter and his wife died in a car accident in 1970, and this $2,000 scholarship was set up in his memory.

Presidents Scholarships

Criteria: 1. Must want a career in television or radio news. 2. Must be an undergraduate sophomore, junior or senior. 3. Must have at least one full academic year remaining. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.rtndf.org/asfi/scholarships/undergrad.shtml for more information and an application form.

Two-Year/Community College BEA Award

Two scholarships; $1,500 each. For study at a BEA 2-year/community college, or at a BEA 4-year school by a graduate of a BEA 2-year campus. Scholarships will be awarded for full-time degree work FOR THE FULL ACADEMIC YEAR. Scholarships must be used exclusively for tuition, student fees, university bookstore course purchases, dormitory and related items eligible to be charged to a students official campus account. Current scholarship holders are not eligible for reappointment in the year following their award. All scholarships must be applied to study at a campus where at least one department is a BEA institutional member. Call 1.888.380.7222 or 202.429.3935 to find out if your campus is a member. CRITERIA FOR SELECTION: The applicant should be able to show substantial evidence of superior academic performance and potential to be an outstanding electronic media professional. There should be compelling evidence that the applicant possesses high integrity and a well-articulated sense of personal and professional responsibility.

Capitol Hill News Internships

Interns will be responsible for following newsworthy congressional activities and helping to coordinate broadcast coverage of these activities. Excellent writing skills are essential. Interns will get valuable hands-on experience in the House and Senate Radio-TV Galleries, working side by side with the Washington press and congressional staff to cover the political process. These internships are an excellent opportunity for students to make future contacts and learn the ropes of political coverage and news management. Each internship is a full-time position for three months with a salary of $1000 per month. Travel, housing and other living expenses are the responsibility of the intern.

REUTERS FELLOWSHIP

Graduate students studying at American colleges and universities, or Americans studying abroad, who aspire to become foreign correspondents, are invited to apply. Winning an OPC Foundation scholarship or internship is more than a cash award. Winners are invited to join the Overseas Press Club family. They are encouraged to network and keep the organization apprised of their career moves. The Foundation pays travel and living expenses for interns in foreign bureaus at such leading news organization as the Associated Press and Reuters, among others, and at foreign English-language media companies like the South China Morning Post and Cambodia Daily. In many cases, winning a prestigious OPC Foundation award has helped launch careers. The judges require that applicants submit a Cover Letter, Resume and Writing Sample. The applicant’s name and school should appear at the top of each page. The Writing Sample of approximately 500 words should concentrate on an area of the world or an international issue that is in keeping with the applicant’s interest. It can be in the form of a story, news analysis or a traditional essay. Recent winners have written on such diverse topics as playing black jack on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, political activism in Morocco, and social upheaval in China. Applicants are also encouraged to submit essays showing a strong understanding of, or interest in, global economic issues such as trade, finance, emerging markets, immigration or environmental impacts. The Cover Letter should be autobiographical in nature addressing such questions as how the applicant developed an interest in this particular part of the world, a story pitch, or how he or she would use the scholarship to further journalistic ambitions. The judges respond well to applications showing strong reporting skills, color, and understanding or passion.

Dwight Bentel Scholarship

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

Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award

RTNDF presents this award annually to a radio or television journalist or news executive who has made a major contribution to the protection of First Amendment freedoms. It is named for the late Broadcasting & Cable senior correspondent, Leonard Zeidenberg. An award to a radio or television journalist or news executive

Journalism or Communications Scholarship

$8,000 four-year scholarship Ideal candidates have been a member of AQHA or AQHYA for at least one year and are pursuing a college degree in journalism or communications. Recipient must pursue a career in news, editorial or print journalism, photojournalism or a related field. Member must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled as a freshman at an accredited college or university. Recipient must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Current or previous AQHF scholarship recipients are not eligible to receive this scholarship. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to a four-year undergraduate degree program as specified above.

Walter S. Patterson Scholarship

Two scholarships; $1,750 each. Sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters, Washington, DC. Study toward a career in RADIO. Scholarships will be awarded for full-time degree work FOR THE FULL ACADEMIC YEAR. Scholarships must be used exclusively for tuition, student fees, university bookstore course purchases, dormitory and related items eligible to be charged to a students official campus account. Current scholarship holders are not eligible for reappointment in the year following their award. All scholarships must be applied to study at a campus where at least one department is a BEA institutional member. Call 1.888.380.7222 or 202.429.3935 to find out if your campus is a member. CRITERIA FOR SELECTION: The applicant should be able to show substantial evidence of superior academic performance and potential to be an outstanding electronic media professional. There should be compelling evidence that the applicant possesses high integrity and a well-articulated sense of personal and professional responsibility.

STANDARD & POOR'S Award for Economic and Business Reporting

The S&P scholarship was created specifically to encourage talented young reporters considering careers in financial journalism. It is intended to reward the study of accounting, financial analysis, and investment research related to the functioning of global financial markets and to enhance the coverage and understanding of international business and investing. Standard & Poor’s is the world’s foremost provider of financial market intelligence, including independent credit ratings, indices, risk evaluation, investment research and data. Graduate and undergraduate students, studying at American colleges and universities, or Americans studying abroad, who aspire to become foreign correspondents, are invited to apply for one of 15 scholarships or fellowships to be awarded by the Overseas Press Club Foundation. Winning an OPC Foundation scholarship or fellowship is more than a cash award. Winners are invited to join the Overseas Press Club family. They are encouraged to network and keep the organization apprised of their career moves. Foundation fellowships pay for travel and living expenses for awardees to intern in foreign bureaus at such leading news organization as the Associated Press, Forbes, GlobalPost, Reuters and Wall Street Journal, among others, and at foreign English-language media companies like the South China Morning Post and Cambodia Daily. In many cases, winning a prestigious OPC Foundation award has helped launch careers. The judges require that applicants submit a Cover Letter, Resume and Writing Sample. The applicant’s name and school should appear at the top of each page. The Writing Sample of approximately 500 words should concentrate on an area of the world or an international issue that is in keeping with the applicant’s interest and experience. Judges prefer a reported story, especially one that demonstrates a journalist's perspective or initiative. Winners have written on such diverse topics as playing black jack on the Trans-Siberian iRailroad, political activism in Morocco, and social upheaval in China. Essays that are exceedingly long may be disqualified. Because four of the 15 awards are reserved for international business or economic coverage, the Foundation invites applications from students who show a strong understanding of, or interest in, global economic issues such as trade, finance, emerging markets, immigration or environmental impacts. The substance of the essay may have appeared in an individual's previously published work but should be reformatted to meet the requirements of the application. Do not send a clip or URL. The Cover Letter should be autobiographical in nature addressing such questions as how the applicant developed an interest in this particular part of the world, a story pitch, or how he or she would use the scholarship to further journalistic ambitions. The judges respond well to applications showing strong reporting skills, color, and understanding or passion. Winners will be contacted in December so arrangements can be made for them to attend the Foundation Scholarship Luncheon in New York City. Recipients are expected to attend. The Foundation will cover the cost of travel and hotel.

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