Cox Foundation To Support Minority Student Journos

By: E&P Staff

Cox Enterprises’ James M. Cox Foundation is awarding $50,000 in scholarships to support minority journalism students.

The announcement was made on Wednesday in Chicago during Unity 2008, a joint convention of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), Asian-American Journalists Association (AAJA), and the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA).

The money is available to minority students working toward a career in print, digital broadcast or photo journalism. The scholarships will be managed by AAJA, NABJ, NAHJ, NAJA as well as the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association.

“Cox has long been committed to educating, recruiting and retaining the best and most diverse news professionals,” Tim W. Hughes, executive vice president of administration for Cox Enterprises, said in a statement. “As journalism evolves with new formats and technologies, we intend for these scholarships to help ensure that newsrooms continue to reflect and include diverse viewpoints and experiences.”

In addition, Cox is sending staff from its newspapers, radio, and TV stations to counsel journalists and students at Unity’s Career Resource Center.

“This support from Cox Enterprises will allow our partners to focus more on our youth and continue to inspire more students into pursuing their dreams into journalism,” Onica N. Makwakwa, Unity executive director, said in a statement.

The James M. Cox Foundation has provided $200,000 to support minority journalists since Unity began in 1994.

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