September 1, 1997: Journalists Complete Ph.D. Program to Teach
The first class of the Freedom Forum Ph.D. Program for Journalists completes 27 months of study at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill to earn doctorates in mass communication enabling them to move from the newsroom to the classroom as university professors. Nineteen people participated in the program, which concluded in 2002. This is one of several Freedom Forum scholarship and fellowship programs that has supported scholars’ academic media studies, publications and projects. The Freedom Forum has also funded Journalist in Residence grants to annually place journalists in university faculty positions.