2018 Chips Quinn Scholars Program Kicks off in Nashville, Tenn.

This week a group of student journalists from across the United States are gathering in Nashville, Tenn., for training and orientation before they embark on internships through the Chips Quinn Scholars Program. The program, which is the Freedom Forum Institute’s most enduring diversity initiative, provides training and support to aspiring journalists, opening doors to careers in the media and ultimately bringing greater diversity to the newsrooms of the United States.

The program matches qualified candidates with 10 to 12-week paid internships at participating news organizations, kicking off with an intensive week-long multimedia training at the John Seigenthaler Center in Nashville. This year Freedom Forum Institute senior vice president Cathy Trost will also lead an interactive conversation with the Chips Quinn Scholars about preparing for internships in a #MeToo world. The discussion will be based on key findings from the Institute’s Power Shift Project, a major new initiative on behalf of women in media, and will cover practical information on ensuring workplace integrity for student interns, who are often targets of sexual harassment in the workplace.

The Chips Quinn program is operated by the Freedom Forum Institute and funded by the Freedom Forum. It was founded by the late John C. Quinn, former deputy chairman of the Freedom Forum, and his wife Loie in honor of their son John “Chips” Quinn Jr., a newspaper editor who was killed in an automobile accident.

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