BPC selects fall interns

May 7, 2010

The Bloomington Press Club scholarship committee has selected two IU students as the recipients for the fall scholarship/internship program.

Rachel Saltsgaver will intern with Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, an agency that supplies fresh foods to those in need, and Stephanie Kuschel will work with Middle Way House, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse.

Committee chair Jan Skinner said all the applicants were from the IU School of Journalism and all were “superb.”

The interns work with marketing and public relations professionals at the United Way agencies throughout the semester. The club gives each $1,000 as part of the scholarship to help offset the fact that these are unpaid internships. BPC relies on fundraisers to support this program.

At the April 26 meeting, the two most recent interns, Darcy Marlett and Julia Haller, reported on their experiences with their agencies during the spring semester.

Bloomington Press Club supports the program through fundraisers. Committee chair Skinner suggested an ongoing way of raising money is to “round up” the lunch costs. For example, each member who opts for the $14 buffet instead writes a check for $15 (or more!). The extra money goes to the scholarship fund.

Learn more about the scholarship/internship program.
Read about the April 26 meeting, including Marlett’s and Haller’s reports.

Scholarships support interns, high school journalists

March 31, 2010

The Bloomington Press Club is funding the futures of several young journalists and just ended the application process for the next crop.

The club’s internship/scholarship program will provide two $1,000 stipends to junior or senior IU students. For fall 2010, participating agencies are Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard and Middle Way House. The application process ended April 8.

As they finish their internships, the IU students address the press club to bring members up-to-date on their experiences. Interns Darcy Marlett, who worked with the American Red Cross, and Julia Haller, who worked with Girls, Inc., will report on their experiences at the April 26 meeting.

The board has approved two scholarships for IU’s High School Journalism Institute students. Each summer, high school students from around the country come to learn skills at intensive workshops. This year, they arrive at IU in June for workshops in yearbook editing, multimedia, newspaper editing and design.

For more info about scholarships, contact member Jan Skinner at jan.skinner1@comcast.net.

BPC interns report on year-long experiences

May 24, 2009

Bloomington Press Club scholarship winners Katherine Nicole Shaw and Tracie Elaine Ortman talked about their internships during the April 27 meeting.

Ortman, a senior at the IU School of Journalism, interned at Shalom Center, a facility serving the homeless, compiling newsletters for both print and online.

“All of my work went toward highlighting the program to get the word out,” said Ortman. “I created public service announcements and press releases.”

She said she tried to leave a template for her work so that the next intern can easily pick up where she left off.

Shaw, a communications and Spanish major, worked at Big Brothers, Big Sisters, for twoyears, first as a volunteer and last year as a BPC intern.

“I wrote and produced a newsletter, both electronic and print versions,” she said. “I had lots of freedom in making it. I especially enjoyed writing stories about the matches, interviewing the volunteer and the child to tell their stories.”

Member Jan Skinner administers the Bloomington Press Club scholarship program, which provides $1,000 to winners who then spend 150 hours working for a local nonprofit.

Next year’s interns are Darcy Marlett, who will work with the American Red Cross, and Julia Haller, who will work with Girls, Inc. Skinner said the club may consider funding more than two internships per year.