The Print and Online News Internship Grant supports Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) pursuing journalism careers in print and online news, where AAPIs continue to be underrepresented. We encourage all college students who have secured a 2019 summer internship to apply for the grant to help defray living costs. The William Woo Internship Fund will award one student $1,750.
Eligibility and Rules
- Applicants must be committed to AAJA’s mission.
- Applicants must have a serious interest in pursuing journalism as a career in the print or online field.
- Applicants must be a full-time college student or recent college graduate (within one year).
- Applicants must have already secured a 2019 summer internship at a print or online news outlet/company before applying for this internship grant.
- AAJA membership is not required to apply but is strongly encouraged. Student membership will be required for the selected candidate.
- This stipend is to be used toward living expenses/transportation during the internship. The selected candidate will sign a waiver acknowledging this.
Please email Justin Seiter, AAJA Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. The deadline to apply is Sunday, April 7.
ABOUT WILLIAM F. WOO
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 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.
William Woo Print and Online New Internship Grant Recipients
Benjamin Din is a recent graduate of Northwestern University where he studied journalism. He interned for The Wall Street Journal and currently works as a reporting intern for Bloomberg News. "The grant gave me the opportunity to work in the Journal's Los Angeles bureau, where I was surrounded by incredibly talented reporters and editors. I had my first taste of business reporting, got to interview a number of high-profile people and left with a better appreciation of business journalism," Benjamin says. Read two of his stories for The Wall Street Journal here and here.
Liying Qian is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia where she majored in journalism. She interned for The Wall Street Journal where she reported on financial news and the stock market. "The AAJA internship grant made it possible for me to spend a summer at The Wall Street Journal in NYC. This internship allowed me to report on the complicated, fast-changing stock market and deepened my understanding about financial news. [...] Because of this internship, I decided to pursue a career in financial journalism," Liying says. She is currently a reporter for Mergermarket and hopes to hone her skills as a strategic financial reporter. Read two of her stories for The Wall Street Journal here and here.
Aneri Pattani is currently a student at Northeastern University pursuing a major in journalism. She was previously a reporting fellow for The Texas Tribune and is currently an assignment desk and strategic content intern with CNBC. After graduation, Aneri hopes to become a daily reporter, preferably in a large urban market. “The AAJA internship grant that I received made it possible for me to accept a summer fellowship at The Texas Tribune, even though it only paid a stipend. I got to report on meaningful stories ranging from environmental justice to mental health services to a Supreme Court ruling on abortion laws,” Aneri says. Later in her career, she hopes to work for an online outlet committed to investigative and social justice reporting, such as ProPublica or Reveal.
Yahui “Ellis” Liang is a graduate of Princeton Unversity and used the William Woo Internship Grant to support her internship at the South China Morning Post. In using her internship grant, she was able to land a job at the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong. To attain this position, Ellis deferred her acceptance to Yale Law School. She loves the work she is doing so much, that she is already considering deferring law school for yet another year. In the long run, she would love to combine her passion for journalism and law and become a media counsel or legal reporter.
Leslie Nguyen-Okwu used the Print and Online News Internship Grant towards her journalism internship at the online non-profit Mission Local where she learned how to produce highly-focused community journalism in the Mission District of San Francisco. “I cultivated important tools as more readers migrate to the virtual realm: social media strategies, online networking, computer-assisted reporting and news blogging,” Leslie says. The grant allowed Leslie to live in the community where she worked, providing her with the wherewithal to understand the Mission District in an immersive way while also funding her living expenses. She is a graduate of Stanford University and is pursuing a career and an advanced degree in foreign correspondence and international relations.
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