Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism

Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism on Hiatus for 2020

The Freedom Forum is selling the Newseum building in Washington, D.C., to Johns Hopkins University, and the Newseum closed to the public on Dec. 31, 2019.

As Freedom Forum leaders envision life after the Newseum, they are committed to the foundation’s role as a defender of First Amendment freedoms for all, undertaking a strategic review to ensure that our programs are effective in supporting that mission.

As part of that review, the Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism will take a one-year hiatus, in 2020, in training college journalism students and placing them in summer internships at media sites nationwide.

During that one-year break, we will remain in contact with colleges, alumni of the program, which began in 1991, and will be reaching out to editors, news directors and others across a range of news and information organizations, asking what they need from the Chips Quinn Scholars program to help their work in diversity and inclusion.

The Covid-19 pandemic has upended the news media industry, accelerating financial troubles and causing widespread job losses and the closure of many publications. Yet an opportunity emerged from the disruption. Although the Chips Quinn Scholars Program is on hiatus in 2020, its leadership saw a way to help a news industry, and some CQS alumni, disrupted by the pandemic. In partnership with Gannett, veteran alumni of the CQS program volunteered to mentor some of the company’s summer interns, most of whom work remotely from their homes. The hope is that the pilot program will benefit all involved: the youngest cohort of journalists as they launch their careers, CQS journalists as they weather the economic disruption and a news media industry in need of resources.