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American Indian Journalism Institute

June 2-21, 2002, at the University of South Dakota at Vermillion


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The institute is a concentrated academic program teaching the basics of journalism in a university-approved, four-credit course called “Journalism Theory and Practice.”

The program is open to students enrolled in college who have completed their freshman year. Applicants also should be able to provide proof of tribal enrollment or lineage. For the 2002 program, 28 students from 20 tribes were selected. Coming from 16 states and a Canadian province, they represented 24 colleges.

Students will concentrate for one week each on reporting, editing and photography, and will help publish a newspaper. Weekly field trips will introduce students to other aspects of journalism, such as political reporting and sports writing. Faculty and guest presenters will include professional journalists who are Native American.

The institute will take place at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Each student will have a single room in a dormitory. Meals will be provided on campus.

American Indian students do not consider journalism in large numbers, in part because their schools lack newspapers and journalism classes, the most common route to journalism careers. The American Indian Journalism Institute pays for students to learn about journalism and to consider it as a career. Follow-up programs for institute graduates include possible paid internships at daily newspapers, further schooling and eventual job placement.

The institute is directed by Jack Marsh, director of the Freedom Forum Neuharth Center at the University of South Dakota. Ray Chavez, chair of the journalism department at the University of South Dakota, will oversee the institute’s faculty.

Jack Marsh

The program is run and funded by the Freedom Forum Neuharth Center, which will pay all costs including tuition, fees, room and board. Students who successfully complete the program will receive four semester hours of college credit and a $500 scholarship/stipend.

For further information, contact Jack Marsh, director of the Freedom Forum Neuharth Center, at 605/677-6315.


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