Magazine article The Masthead

Foundation Focuses on Next Generation

Magazine article The Masthead

Foundation Focuses on Next Generation

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With the 21st century in sight, the NCEW Foundation is focusing on ways to cultivate the next generation of opinion writers. With your help, we can turn 1998 into a banner year for significant new projects.

Student participation at the NCEW convention is a top priority. Traditionally the Foundation has supported student critiques at the convention. Now we would like to expand that program.

We hope to organize a chat group among students and NCEW members at this year's convention in Ottawa. Student critique time might include an opportunity to talk to NCEW members about key editorials published in member newspapers. We would like to draw students from a region beyond the host city.

With an emphasis on diversity, the expanded student program will allow the Foundation to expose more students to opinion writing by tapping the expertise of our convention attendees.

Another priority for 1998 is an expanded Barry Bingham Sr. Fellowship for a journalism educator who has demonstrated leadership in promoting diversity. Traditionally the Barry Bingham Fellow has been a guest at the convention. Now we would like to offer additional opportunities to these noted educators.

If the Foundation secures the necessary funding, it will be able to offer the recipient his or her choice of several programs - a more meaningful role on the convention program, a faculty position at the Foundation's Minority Writers Seminar, or even a stint with an editorial page staff.

In these ways, the Barry Bingham Sr. Fellowship will grow beyond a congratulatory award to become a meaningful program of professional development. …

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