FREEDOM FORUM PUTS $5 MIL INTO DIVERSITY PUSH

By: Staff reports

Group Partners With ASNE, APME



The Freedom Forum has committed $5 million this year to increase diversity in newspaper
newsrooms, Charles L. Overby, chairman and CEO of the non-profit group, announced today.



The Arlington, Va.-based Forum will partner with the American Society of Newspaper Editors
(ASNE) and the Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) to define ways to recruit people
of color into newspapers. The Forum dedicated $1 million to its new partnership with ASNE
and APME.


In addition to this partnership, the Forum plans to develop an intensive journalism
education and training center for potential journalists of color. The Freedom Forum
Institute will be located at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.



The Forum also set aside $1 million for a diversity partnership fund to create programs
that work towards increased diversity.


The Forum will fund four diversity fellows to travel to colleges and universities with
high minority enrollments to identify students for careers in print journalism.


The Chips Quinn Scholars program will increase its size by 65% to allow 125 students of
color to receive hands-on journalism training and mentoring by news veterans at 54
newspapers. Twelve alumni from this program will receive up to $2,500 in tuition and
travel to attend professional-development seminars each year.


Journalism schools and newspapers will also receive a free recruiting video, produced by
the Forum, to encourage people of color to choose newspaper newsroom careers.



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