2013 William Woo Print and Online Internship Grant: Apply for a $1,000 William Woo Grant for Support During Your Internship

AAJA is happy to announce the 2013 William Woo Print and Online Internship Grant. We encourage all college students who have secured a 2013 summer internship to apply for the grant to help defray living costs. The William Woo Internship Grant will award one student $1,000.


1.  Applicants must be committed to AAJA’s mission.

2.  Applicants must have a serious interest in pursuing a career in print or online journalism.

3.  Applicants must be full-time college students or recent college graduates.

4.  Applicants must have already secured a 2013 summer internship at a print or online news outlet before applying for this internship grant.


Start by clicking on the AAJA log-in page to create your an account. You don’t have to be an AAJA member or Asian American to apply.

Once you’ve created a profile, scroll down and find the “Awards and Competitions” header on the right side.

Then click “View Open Competitions” and select the 2013 William Woo Print and Online Internship Grant application.

DEADLINE: Friday, May 31, 2013


  1. Application information will only be used internally by AAJA to promote student opportunities and for program evaluation and planning. In the application form, please indicate whether you would like to be notified of further student opportunities from AAJA, including scholarships, grants and additional journalism training.
  2. AAJA does not share applicant information with third parties.


WFW PhotoWilliam F. Woo was the Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor of Professional Journalism at Stanford University from the fall of 1996 until his death on April 12, 2006. He also was a visiting professor at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong from 1999 through 2006.  From 1996 to 2003, he was a lecturer in ethics at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

Woo was the first Asian American to edit a major American newspaper. He retired as editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in August 1996, after holding the position for 10 years. In his 34 years at the paper he served as editor of the editorial page, Washington-based columnist, feature writer, special projects reporter and editorial writer.

Woo was born in Shanghai in 1936 and spent the first 10 years of his life there. He graduated from the University of Kansas, with honors in English literature. He was a reporter for the Kansas City Star before joining the Post-Dispatch. Woo was a longtime member of the National Advisory Board of the George Foster Peabody Awards for broadcast journalism and the Board of Visitors of the John F. Knight Fellowships at Stanford. He frequently served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes, and was a three-time finalist himself.  He was a director of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the American Press Institute for many years. From 1995 to 2001, he was a commissioner of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. In 1996-97, he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Woo received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Asian American Journalists Association in 1990 and the Gold Medal Honor Award from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1991. He authored many articles on journalism in such publications as the Nieman Reports, the Columbia Journalism Review and the American Studies Quarterly, published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. From June to August 1997, he and his wife, Martha Shirk, also a journalist, were Knight International Press Fellows in Hong Kong, where they monitored press freedom as Chinese rule was restored. Beginning in 1999, he made regular trips to Asia to lecture on journalism.

Following his death, the University of Missouri Press published “Letters from the Editor,” a collection of his letters to his journalism students at Stanford, with an introduction by Philip Meyer and a foreword by James Steele. All profits from the book are donated to the Asian American Journalists Association for the internship grant in Woo’s name.

He and his wife had three sons – Thomas Woo, Bennett Woo and Peter Woo.