The Washington Post Becomes First News Organization to Provide Scholarships to
Computer Programmers Studying Journalism at Northwestern
EVANSTON, Ill., Jan. 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Washington Post will be
the first news industry partner in a scholarship program enabling computer
programmers to earn a master's degree in journalism at the Medill School at
Northwestern University, followed by a paid internship at The Post.
The Post joins the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in supporting the
scholarship program, which has allowed nine people with computer programming
backgrounds to earn a master of science in journalism degree since 2008. All
nine are now working in jobs that allow them to apply their understanding of
both journalism and computer science.
"Programmers who understand journalism offer a unique skillset that is an
essential part of building new tools and features that can benefit both
readers and reporters. Two examples of this innovative work include The Post's
I Voted news app and The Grid, which enhanced our coverage of the presidential
election last year." said Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, Editor for Strategic Projects at
The Washington Post.
"As a journalist who works with developers on a regular basis, I know how
incredibly valuable this dual understanding can be in the newsroom," said
Mitch Rubin, Sports Production Editor at The Post, who will assist in
administering the program.
With the combined support of the Knight Foundation and The Post, computer
programmers will receive financial aid covering the full cost of tuition in
Medill's 12-month MSJ program. In addition, after graduation, scholarship
winners will be guaranteed a paid internship at The Post.
"I am very pleased that The Post is our first partner in this innovative
program with Medill and Knight Foundation," said Brad Hamm, dean of Medill.
"We appreciate their entrepreneurial spirit, and we look forward to working
with additional news organizations to join us in making this investment in the
future of journalism."
Northwestern and The Post are announcing the new partnership on the eve of the
Computation + Journalism Symposium
(http://computation-and-journalism.com/symposium2013/) at Georgia Tech, which
brings together journalists and computer scientists to explore
The initial Knight Foundation grant of $639,000 in 2007 provided tuition
assistance for developers studying journalism at Medill but did not include
the participation of industry partners. The industry partnership program added
this year is intended to further increase interest in journalism among
Among previous scholarship winners are Brian Boyer, who directs the news
applications team at National Public Radio; Ryan Mark, director of digital
product strategy and development at Chicago Tribune Media Group; Manya Gupta,
Web technical editor for theworld.org; Steven Melendez of the data news team
at WNYC, public radio station in New York; and Shane Shifflett, data engineer
at the Center for Investigative Reporting.
More information about the scholarship program is available at
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Medill was founded in 1921 and offers programs in journalism and integrated
marketing communications. It teaches new techniques essential in today's
digital world. Medill is leading the way in training a new generation of
multimedia journalists and integrated marketing communications professionals.
The Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at
Northwestern University is named after Joseph Medill, a newspaper man and
former Mayor of Chicago.
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