Associated Press, Google announce scholarships open to aspiring digital journalists; ONA to administer

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Associated Press and Google today announced a new national scholarship program intended to foster digital and new media skills in student journalists. The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, will administer the program.

The AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship program will provide $20,000 scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year to six promising undergraduate or graduate students pursuing or planning to pursue degrees at the intersection of journalism, computer science and new media. The program is targeted to individual students creating innovative projects that further the ideals of digital journalism. A key goal is to promote geographic, gender and ethnic diversity, with an emphasis on rural and urban areas.

Applications are now open for the 2012-13 academic year. Scholars will be chosen in Spring 2012.

“AP has long recognized how important and powerful new digital tools and knowledge can be in the hands of journalists,” said Sue Cross, AP senior vice president for the Americas. “The scholarship program, part of our ongoing relationship with Google, will help build these vital skills in a new generation of journalists.”

“So many students have new ideas for news, and with the right encouragement they will become leaders showcasing what’s possible through digital journalism,” said Nilka Thomas, manager of Global Diversity and Talent Inclusion, Google. “We hope this program with the AP and ONA encourages innovation at the grassroots level while also furthering the opportunities available for women and minorities considering the fields of computing, technology, and journalism.”

Irving Washington, consulting Scholarship Manager for ONA, will manage the application process. Washington is a nonprofit media education consultant who created new partnerships for the scholarship and internship programs for the National Association of Black Journalists, and managed scholarship, fellowship and internship programs as Diversity/Education Coordinator for the Radio-Television Digital News Foundation. He holds degrees in Journalism and Public Relations from Ball State University.

The scholarships are open to college sophomores or higher with at least one year of full-time undergraduate or graduate study remaining. Applicants must submit a project or concept that explains how his or her strategy moves digital journalism forward. Scholarship winners also will receive a one-year ONA membership and recognition at ONA’s 2012 conference in San Francisco. For details on eligibility and to apply, visit ap-google.journalists.org.

“We’re proud to be part of the AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship program,” said ONA Executive Director Jane McDonnell. “Our hope is to shine a light on the hidden treasures in schools across the country — the digital-minded journalists who will be the future of our industry.”


About the AP
The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world’s population sees news from AP.

About Google Inc.
Google is a global technology leader focused on improving the ways people connect with information. Google’s innovations in web search and advertising have made its website a top internet property and its brand one of the most recognized in the world. For more information, visit www.google.com/about.html.

About ONA
The Online News Association is the world’s largest association of online journalists. ONA’s mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public. The membership includes news writers, producers, designers, editors, bloggers, technologists, photographers, academics, students and others who produce or support news for digital delivery systems. ONA also hosts the Online News Association annual conference and administers the Online Journalism Awards.