This grant supports AAPIs pursuing journalism careers in print or digital news who have secured students who have secured a summer internship. The $2,000 grant is to defray living costs during the internship.
- Must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours) at an accredited college or university (including junior and community) in the United States or one of its territories.
- Must be committed to AAJA’s mission
- Must have a serious interest in pursuing print or digital journalism as a career
- Must have already secured a summer internship at a print or digital news outlet before applying
- Must be a current AAJA member
- This stipend must be used toward living and transportation expenses during the internship. The selected candidate will sign a memorandum of understanding acknowledging this.
- One letter of recommendation
- A letter verifying your internship
- A brief statement of financial need
- Answer the following question: In 500 words or less, state why you want to pursue a career in print or digital journalism, what you hope to gain from your internship experience, and why AAJA’s mission is important to you.
William 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 and a lecturer in ethics at the Graduate School of Journalism at Berkeley. Woo was the first Asian American to edit a major American newspaper. Before becoming the editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in August 1996, he served as editor of the editorial page, a Washington-based columnist, a feature writer, a special projects reporter and an editorial writer.
Woo was a longtime member of the National Advisory Board of the George Foster Peabody Awards and of 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, Woo was a commissioner of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. He was also a Nieman Fellow at Harvard.
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. 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.
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