Last summer, we announced a joint scholarship program for aspiring journalists with the Associated Press, administered by the Online News Association. Congratulations to the six students who will each be receiving $20,000 to pursue degrees that lie at the intersection of journalism, computer science and new media:
- Emily Eggleston, 24, graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, studying journalism and geography.
- Reginald James, 30, undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, studying political science and African American studies.
- Katie Zhu, 20, undergraduate at Northwestern University, studying computer science and journalism.
- Rebecca Rolfe, 25, graduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, studying digital media.
- Kevin Schaul, 20, undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota, studying journalism and computer science.
- John Osborn, 29, graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, studying journalism.
These students have big plans that range from producing hyperlocal data-driven stories, to developing open-source apps that allow for democratic news gathering and greater collaboration, to data visualization for current events and entertainment, to producing political news games and teaching journalists how to code.
We hope these scholarship winners, and their future projects, inspire the broader journalism community to keep rethinking how to report and share stories through new technologies.
For all undergraduate and graduate students already brainstorming ideas for next year, read more about the application process and eligibility on the scholarship program’s website. Thank you to the Associated Press and the Online News Association for making this scholarship program possible, and we look forward to seeing the impact these students have in their communities and in journalism.
Posted by Sean Carlson, Global Communications & Public Affairs