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July 8, 2005
Contact: Jennifer Kinnard, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, (785) 864-7644.

Seven KU journalism students receive Dow Jones summer editing internships


LAWRENCE -- Seven University of Kansas students from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications are spending the summer working at newspapers nationwide after receiving 2005 Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Editing Internship awards.

Six from KU are among 100 college students working as copy-editing interns at newspapers throughout the United States. One KU student is among 13 in the Dow Jones sports copy-editing internship program.

The program was founded in 1958 by the editors of the Wall Street Journal to encourage students to pursue careers in newspaper journalism by providing training, paid summer internships and scholarships. The fund is a nonprofit foundation supported by the Dow Jones Foundation, Dow Jones & Co. Inc. and other newspaper companies.

Students are chosen for internships based on copy-editing tests, then given free pre-internship training, weekly salaries starting at $350 for a minimum of 10 weeks and $1,000 scholarships if they return to college full-time the following fall. College juniors, seniors and graduate students interested in journalism careers are eligible to apply.

KU coordinators for the Dow Jones editing internships are Malcolm Gibson, general manager of the University Daily Kansan student newspaper, and Doug Ward, assistant professor of journalism.

Students, their hometown, level in school, parents' names, high school attended and newspaper placement are listed below:

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Olathe
Rupal Gor, who received a bachelor's degree in journalism (news and information emphasis) with a minor in English in May 2005, is the daughter of Jhendra and Pragna Gor and is a graduate of Olathe South High School. She is a copy-editing intern at the Erie Times-News in Pennsylvania.

From Overland Park
Azita Tafreshi, senior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis) and pre-nursing, is the daughter of Sharon Tafreshi and is a graduate of Blue Valley High School, Stilwell. She is a copy-editing intern at the Kansas City Star.

From Westwood
Jon Ralston, senior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), is the son of Nancy Ralston and is a graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School. He is a copy-editing intern at the Indianapolis Star.

COLORADO
From Dolores
Tess Montano, senior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), is the daughter of Pete and Laurel Montano and is a graduate of Montezuma-Cortez High School, Cortez, Colo. She is a copy-editing intern at the St. Paul Pioneer-Press in Minnesota.

MISSOURI
From Kansas City
Stephanie Lovett, who received bachelor's degrees in journalism (news and information emphasis) and political science in May 2005, is the daughter of Richard and Carol Lovett and is a graduate of Park Hill Senior High School. She is a copy-editing intern at the Amarillo Globe-News in Texas.

NEBRASKA
From Omaha
Alison Peterson, senior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), is the daughter of Christopher and Laurie Peterson and is a graduate of North High School. She is a sports copy-editing intern at the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer in Georgia.

OKLAHOMA
From Fairfax
Anna Clovis, who received bachelor's degrees in Spanish and journalism (news and information emphasis) in May 2005, is the daughter of Marsha Clovis and is a graduate of Woodland High School. She is a copy-editing intern at the Rochester Post-Bulletin in Minnesota.

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