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About the program


The Chips Quinn Scholars program offers journalism students of color hands-on training in journalism and mentoring by caring news veterans. The aim: Provide special support and encouragement that will open doors to news careers and bring greater diversity to the nation's daily newspaper newsrooms.

CQS by the numbers

1,140 Scholars since 1991
260 Colleges represented
6 Scholars in the first class
19 Scholars in the Summer 2009 class
11 Scholars in the Spring 2009 class
  • 9 reporters
  • 1 photographers
  • 1 online

The program, sponsored by the Freedom Forum, provides internships, training and $500 housing allowance to college students who are pursuing careers in print journalism. Internships are offered in Spring and Summer.

College juniors, seniors or recent graduates with majors in journalism or career goals in newspapers are eligible.

The Freedom Forum matches nominees with participating newspapers from across the country for 10- to 12-week paid internships. Selected Scholars participate in a nine-day orientation/multimedia program, in preparation for their internships.

Students should apply through their journalism or mass communications department administrator or the adviser of their campus newspaper by completing and submitting an application form.

The program is named for John "Chips" Quinn Jr., editor of the Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal, who died at age 34. His commitment to diversity now is his legacy. Chips was the son of John Quinn, advisory trustee and former deputy chairman of the Freedom Forum, and Loie Quinn, who together founded the program in 1991. There were six interns that first summer. Today, more than 1,150 students have participated.

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