Statehouse News Bureau

In 2011, Ohio University, with support from the Scripps Howard Foundation and Columbus Dispatch, founded the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Statehouse News Bureau in Columbus, Ohio. It offers students and recent graduates the opportunity to cover the Ohio Legislature for print, broadcast and online media outlets.

Up to six journalists are selected for 15-week paid fellowships during the fall and spring semesters. Participants do not need to be enrolled at Ohio University but must be enrolled in a journalism or communications program to receive course credit.

Professor Tom Suddes, an Ohio University professor with extensive professional reporting experience in the state capital, directs the program.

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A journalist in the making

A journalist in the making

“My time as a Statehouse fellow, I think, was a well-executed experiment for the school and the stations. Future fellows will no longer be filling a “broadcast” slot. They have the opportunity to tell stories in a variety of ways with supportive editors as well as multiple venues for their creativity and innovation.

“The Statehouse fellowship taught me the intricacies of the ever changing digital media landscape and how to navigate them.

“I landed a full-time job before the fellowship ended, a feat I credit to the lessons I learned during my time in Columbus and the people who made it possible.”

— Bradley W. Parks, Spring 2015, Statehouse News Bureau Fellow