The Stanford Chen Internship Fund Grant supports college students needing help to bridge some of the costs that might otherwise keep them from taking an internship and expanding their journalism skills in an internship. AAJA awards one or more news internship grant(s) of $1,750 to current college juniors, seniors and graduate students. The grants are for print, online, broadcast or photography interns at any size media outlets (though applicants interning at small- to medium-size outlets will be given priority). The 2017 application deadline was April 2, 2017.
The 2018 Application Will Be Announced Soon
ABOUT STANFORD CHEN
Stanford Chen was a California-born city boy who was introduced to journalism by working on his high school newspaper at Oakland Tech. After graduating with a journalism degree from Indiana University, Chen’s professional career began at The Bellingham, Wash., Herald. From there he moved to the Daily Journal of Commerce, a business publication in Portland, OR, as its editor before landing at The Oregonian, Oregon’s largest metropolitan daily. Chen could do anything journalistically, and he frequently was ahead of trends: At The Herald he wrote an environmental column, long before the environment became front-page news; he also was the paper’s sports editor, copy editor and photographer. At The Oregonian, he started as a part-time copy editor and soon was hired full-time, doing night page makeup. It left his days free to pursue photography, which is when he collaborated with a colleague on Rage Against the Dying Light, a book documenting the life and struggle of gillnetters on the lower Columbia River. Chen later then became deputy editor of the Forum editorial section before returning to his real love, reporting. He remained a reporter even after he was stricken with cancer. He died in 1999 at the age of 51.
HIS VISION AND AAJA SERVICE
Chen helped found the Portland AAJA chapter in 1985, and he spent many hours doing AAJA work, both at local and national levels. Thanks to AAJA, he tapped into a part of himself that none of his full-time jobs were able to fulfill. Newsroom diversity was his particular passion.
Chen was a mentor to countless young journalists during his career, on the job and through AAJA. He befriended many an intern or a new hire at The Oregonian, offering a hearty welcome and sincere words of support. To those of color, he was candid with answers to questions about diversity in the newsroom and city. Chen reached out to student journalists at AAJA’s national conventions, always ready to answer questions or share advice. He lived his beliefs about diversity and helping the next generation of journalists.
Chen was awarded AAJA’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1998 Chicago national convention. Here, in part, is how he was introduced:
As a longtime newspaper writer, reporter and editor, he’s been a role model, a journalistic lion. His perseverance, achievements and advocacy have stood tall, underscored by a tireless fight for greater diversity in the newsroom and in journalism education. He’s been a tireless supporter of AAJA, performing virtually every function, from stuffing envelopes to serving as AAJA National Vice President for Print. As an instructor and co-director of the reporting program in the Institute for Journalism Education (based at the University of California, Berkeley), and which later became the Maynard Institute, and AAJA’s own Voices, he has helped others learn to become better at the craft that we all practice. As a voice and conscience in our own industry he’s been an ardent leader in pushing all of us forward. And his book, Counting on Each Other: A History of the Asian American Journalists Association from 1981 to 1996, stands as a testament to his numerous contributions. As a person, he is simply unmatched.”
Accepting the award, Chen said: “AAJA has been like a family to me. The mission of journalism has helped me and, in turn, I feel the need to give back as much as I can to keep the mission going, keeping diversity alive and making sure the industry does, too.”
More of Stanford Chen’s photos can be viewed here, courtesy of the University of Washington library.
2017 GRANT RECIPIENTS
Bernard Ellouk is a student at the University of Washington studying political science, psychology and journalism. He recently completed an internship with The Jordan Times where he investigated a billion euro deal between the Jordanian government and the European Union. His current professional goal is to secure an internship at a national publication or outlet that can provide him with more experience reporting on politics and investigative journalism. "This grant enabled me to tell a story that I hope will show to future employers and colleagues that I am committed and able to tell impactful stories," Bernard says. He is currently a digital media intern for KING 5 News in Seattle, WA. Read two of his stories for The Jordan Times here and here.
Imad Khan is a student at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. The Stanford Chen Internship Grant helped him travel to Japan where he covered Japanese competitive gaming for ESPN. His goal is to travel to cover more international events and profile players as a full-time reporter. "I learned to use all resources at my disposal. In Japan, I used the Foreign Press Center, as well as other journalism students in the area," he says about his travels abroad. Imad is also a recipient of an Islamic Scholarship Fund. Read two of his stories for ESPN here and here.
Rhea Panela recently graduated from the University of Washington where she studied journalism. The summer after her graduation, she interned at KIRO 7 News where she was able to connect with mentors who taught her how to produce stories in a fast-paced news environment. "I was able to practice technical skills both in the field and in the newsroom with reporters and photographers. What I gained during my internship intensified my desire to work in journalism and to continue informing the public. I was set on pursuing a career as an on-camera reporter but ever since shadowing other members of the news team, I became open to any opportunity that allows me to be a part of the news team," Rhea says. Read one of her stories for KIRO 7 News here.
2016 GRANT RECIPIENTS
Ericka Guevarra is a student at San Francisco State University focusing on a major in international relations and a minor in journalism. She recently completed an internship in Washington D.C. with NPR’s Code Switch. “The Stanford Chen internship grant allowed me to move to Washington, D.C, from California without having to worry so much about how I was going to pay for it. The grant allowed me to focus instead on my internship rather than on how I was going to finance my cross-country trip and two month stay […] I was able to focus entirely on becoming a better journalist, rather than on external monetary factors”, Ericka says. She currently works as an on-call interactive producer for KQED and hopes to one day be a public radio reporter who covers the intersections of race, ethnicity and identity. Read two of her stories for NPR Code Switch here and here.
Mohammed Kloub is currently a journalism student at the University of Washington. He has recently returned from Amman, Jordan where he was a reporting intern with The Jordan Times. Mohammed says his internship in Jordan helped him learn more about journalism in an international context. “The grant helped fund my needs while doing a journalism internship abroad […] Having my basic needs more easily met definitely helped me focus on my work more, and the skills I gained in my internship will be very useful for my future in journalism,” Mohammed says. Upon his graduation, he hopes to go into music journalism and feature writing while continuing to explore further opportunities in news reporting. Mohammed is currently the editor-in-chief for The Daily of the University of Washington. Read two of his stories for The Jordan Times here and here.
2015 GRANT RECIPIENTS
Jelisa Chatman graduated from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She majored in broadcasting with a concentration in radio and television programming and worked at WKU PBS where she was an audio operator and segment producer. She also worked at Christian Family Radio where she served as their on-air talent. Jelisa says that without the Stanford Chen Internship Grant, none of this would be possible. She says that the grant helped her to come out of her shell and make connections which led to many new and unique opportunities.
Daniel Kim was a student at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington where he was a reporting intern for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and the web content editor for The Pioneer on campus. Daniel attributes the Stanford Chen Internship Grant with helping him to stay in Walla Walla over the summer and land his first real reporting job. He got to see and experience the journalism world in a professional setting and learned many new and invaluable skills. Daniel also states the advice and lessons that he has learned using the grant will stay with him for life.
Atoosa Moinzadeh is a graduate of the University of Washington and can now be seen working freelance at VICE News. The summer after her graduation, she worked as an editorial intern at Seattle Metropolitan Magazine. By using the Stanford Chen Internship Grant, Atoosa was able to learn things that she had never been exposed to before such as how to fact check and proofread copy. She says these were key contributing factors in her ability to get a job at VICE. She hopes to keep the momentum going and land a full-time position at VICE and also work on different photo and reporting collaborations.
Jieqian Zhang graduated from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism in May 2016. During the summer she worked for ChinaFile Asia Society where she was a data/visual intern. She now works for Google News Lab performing freelance data reporting and visualization. Without the Stanford Chen Internship Grant, Jieqian says that moving to New York and interning with ChinaFile would not have been possible. With ChinaFile, she learned many new and interesting things and was able to ignite her passion for data reporting. With her newfound passion, she hopes to one day work for The Wall Street Journal or The Los Angeles Times as a data reporter.
Jeanny Rhee graduated from the University of Washington in 2015 with a bachelors in journalism and a minor in nutrition sciences. She worked as an editorial intern at the Seattle Metropolitan Magazine and freelanced for publications in the Seattle area. The Stanford Chen Internship Grant not only aided her to continue pursuing her passion in writing and reporting, but also helped her to focus on school and later land a front page cover story in a non-profit publication discussing food insecurity and racial disparities in King County, Washington. She received the Deborah Kaplan Award in Human Personality Profile and the Pioneer News Group Excellence in Journalism Award in 2015 from the University of Washington. She is currently working as the content marketing manager at Giso in Bellevue, Washington and freelancing.
Eligibility and Rules
Applicants have a serious interest in pursuing journalism as a career.
Applicants must have already secured a 2017 summer internship before applying for the internship grant. The stipend is to be used towards living expenses and/or transportation during your internship. Accepted applicants will be required to sign a waiver acknowledging this.
AAJA student membership is strongly encouraged for all applicants, but not required to apply. Those selected to receive grants will be required to sign up for AAJA student membership.
Please email Justin Seiter at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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. AAJA does not share applicant information with third parties.