Scripps Howard Foundation grant to fund science institute

Tue, April 20, 1999 by Patty Cottingham

CINCINNATI - The Scripps Howard Foundation has approved a $300,000 grant to fund a new science institute for journalists to be conducted by the Foundation for American Communications and the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif.The institute is named for Jack R. Howard, the late, former president ofThe E. W. Scripps Company. The Scripps Howard Foundation has committed to support the institute initially for three years.The Jack R. Howard Science Institute for Journalists will provide reporters an opportunity to improve their understanding of science through an interactive program that will include teaching, experiments, writing exercises and visits to research laboratories, including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The director of the institute is Dr. David Goodstein, vice provost of Caltech and a noted physicist. He is well known for his work to improve the communication of science to the public.The first institute will be held on the Caltech campus June 21-26 and will be open to working journalists. The journalists, print and broadcast, must apply to attend the institute and be recommended by their editor or news director. Upon acceptance, they will be awarded a fellowship, which will cover most travel expenses, tuition and living costs.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.The Foundation for American Communications, or FACS, is an independent, nonprofit educational institution based in Pasadena. The FACS mission is to provide the knowledge and resources journalists and their sources need to effectively communicate information to the public through the news.