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March 23, 2009
Nine win Scripps Howard Foundation collegiate reporting prize trip to Japan and South Korea
CINCINNATI – The Scripps Howard Foundation today awarded a 13-day journalism study trip to Japan and South Korea to the nine winners of its annual Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition.
The competition, established in 1984 in cooperation with the Indiana University School of Journalism, honors the memory of the journalist who led Scripps Howard Newspapers from 1922-1953 and United Press International from 1912-1920.
Mike Philipps, president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation, said the prize responds to the need for today's student journalists to better understand international affairs, adding that of the nearly 200,000 American students who study abroad each year, only about seven percent select a country in Asia.
The expenses-paid trip will be led by Bradley J. Hamm, dean of the journalism school at Indiana University and a Roy W. Howard scholar, who has extensive travel experience throughout Asia. Travel begins June 13 and concludes June 27.
"We are honoring the legacy of Roy Howard with this reporting award because he lived a global life as a reporter and editor long before most journalism schools taught about international reporting," said Dr. Hamm. "These young journalists will have the opportunity of a lifetime to learn about the media and culture of Japan and South Korea."
The nine winners, whose entries collectively represent print and broadcast journalism, and multimedia studies, were chosen for the quality of their published and/or broadcast work and an essay about their interest in international affairs. They are:
Joe Astrouski, a junior journalism major at Eastern Illinois University, where he works as city editor for the Daily Eastern News and as a news writer for WEIU-TV, a PBS affiliate. He has also worked as a staff reporter for the Keene Equinox student newspaper in Keene, N.H., where he covered the state’s presidential primary, along with community and campus news. Astrouski is from Belleville, Ill.
Candace Begody, a senior journalism major from the University of Arizona, where she helped found a student chapter of the Native American Journalists Association and created Native Perspectives, a news journal. She has interned at the Navajo Times in Window Rock, Ariz., The Missoulian in Montana, The Detroit News and the Tucson Citizen. Begody is from the Navajo Nation at Ganado, Ariz.
Jaclyn Cosgrove, a news-editorial and broadcast production senior at Oklahoma State University, where she has worked on The Daily O’Collegian since 2005, serving in the fall of 2008 as editor-in-chief. She has interned at the Tulsa (Okla.) World and the Washington, D.C. bureau of the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch. Cosgrove is from Arpelar, Okla.
Richard Gootee, a senior journalism major at Franklin College in Indiana, where he has been an editor for The Franklin for three semesters. He has interned at the Indianapolis Star and two other Indiana newspapers, the New Albany Tribune and the Evansville Courier and Press. Gootee is from Floyds Knobs, Ind.
Shanika Gunaratna, a sophomore journalism and international studies major at Northwestern University. She has covered religious and cultural affairs for The Daily Northwestern and interned at Make Waves, a communications consultancy firm that supports non-profit organizations. Gunaratna is from New Rochelle, N.Y.
Jill Laster, a third-year journalism major at the University of Kentucky, where she is news editor for the Kentucky Kernel and has been a reporter since 2006. She has interned at the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch. Laster is from Hebron, Ky.
Tricia L. Nadolny, a junior journalism major at Ithaca College, where she is the special projects manager and former news editor of The Ithacan. She has interned at USA Today in McLean, Va., and recently returned from a semester in Amman, Jordan. While abroad, she blogged for the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake, Ill., her hometown.
Brian Spegele, a junior journalism, international studies and Chinese major at Indiana University, where he is managing editor of the Indiana Daily Student and was managing editor of the newspaper’s quarterly publication, Inside Magazine. He has interned at Conde Nast Traveler in New York City and has written for the Indianapolis Business Journal and ESPN’s Scrum.com. Spegele is from Fortville, Ind.
Chelsea Toy, a junior journalism major at Ohio University, where she is a campus staff writer for the Athens News. She has interned at Big Issue Magazine in Cape Town, South Africa; Intengu Communications in East London, South Africa; and Amnesty International USA in Washington, D.C. Toy is from Apollo, Pa.
Dedicated to excellence in journalism, the Scripps Howard Foundation is a leader in industry efforts in journalism education, scholarships, internships, literacy, minority recruitment/development and First Amendment causes. It is the philanthropic arm of The E. W. Scripps Company (www.scripps.com), a diverse, 130-year-old media enterprise with interests in television stations, newspapers, locals news and information Web sites, and licensing and syndication.
Contact for more information and photos: Sue Porter, Scripps Howard Foundation, 513-977-3030; firstname.lastname@example.org