Southwest Journalist


Nine college students and recent college graduates are headed to paid copy editing internships on daily newspapers after completing 10 days of intensive preparation at The University of Texas at Austin. The interns are among a select group undergraduate and graduate students placed in internships in copy editing, sports copy editing, business reporting and digital journalism.

The highly competitive national program is funded by the News Fund, a foundation of the Dow Jones Company, and participating newspapers and news media services. More than 600 students applied for the program. Applicants were required to take a test and complete an extensive application before being considered.

The School of Journalism at UT Austin, one of five pre-internship training sites for newspaper print and online copy editors and designers, has been part of the News Fund program since 1999. Participants in the UT workshop were involved in newspaper copy editing, design and production assignments and operated a parallel online news operation.

Newspaper professionals, visiting faculty and UT journalism faculty moderated the sessions in this 17th residency program at UT Austin. In the latter half of the pre-internship training, participants produced three issues of a model newspaper, the Southwest Journalist, as well as this companion online publication.

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