The Scripps Howard Foundation has permanently endowed the Jack R. Howard Fellowships in International Journalism, a program offered through the Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism.
The fellowship provides journalists from developing countries, who otherwise could not afford to study at Columbia, an opportunity to learn the foundations of reporting in an open society. The fellowship program is in its fourth year.
Over the past two decades, strict censorship of the press has been lifted in many developing nations, from Latin America to Asia to Eastern Europe. But training in such areas as journalistic ethics and computer-assisted reporting is often lacking. The newly endowed Jack R. Howard fellowships provide an opportunity for international journalists to gain understanding of the foundations of journalism and the role of journalism in a free society.
"We are delighted that the Scripps Howard Foundation has decided to make permanent the generous support it has already been providing to help journalists from the developing world come to Columbia and study journalism," said Evan Cornog, associate dean for policy and development at the School of Journalism. "In coming years many students from around the world will benefit from the foundation's generosity."
The Scripps Howard Foundation has agreed to continue its annual support toward the Jack R. Howard Fellowships in International Journalism until the endowment fund reaches $1.5 million and its income will support the program in perpetuity.
"A vibrant, credible and ethical free press is integral to the success of any free society," said Judith G. Clabes, president and chief executive officer of Scripps Howard Foundation. "This endowment reflects Scripps Howard Foundation's commitment to promote excellence in journalism, not just here at home, but worldwide."
Said Anne Nelson, director of the International Programs at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism: "The Scripps Howard Fellowships have created an unrivaled opportunity for the School of Journalism to build ties with journalism in developing countries, and leverage the skills of a new generation of talented reporters. The endowment will allow us to strengthen these ties, and create an ongoing exchange with regions of the world that affect our lives more every day."
The fellowships honor the late Jack R. Howard, a founding trustee and past president of the Scripps Howard Foundation, who also served as president and general editorial manager of The E.W. Scripps Company, a diversified media concern with interests in newspaper publishing, broadcast television and cable television programming.