Freedom Forum Institute > Initiatives > Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism > About the Program
The Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism offers students training and mentoring by caring news veterans. More than 1,400 men and women have been named Chips Quinn Scholars since 1991, making it the largest and most enduring diversity initiative of the Freedom Forum Institute.
The program’s aim: Provide training and support that will open doors to news and information careers and bring greater diversity to the newsrooms of the United States. The annual application deadline is in October. College juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent graduates with majors in journalism or career goals in journalism are the program’s target audience.
The program, operated by the Freedom Forum Institute and funded by the Freedom Forum, matches qualified candidates with participating news organizations from across the country for 10- to 12-week paid internships. Selected scholars participate in a training workshop in preparation for their internships. The training is paid for by the Freedom Forum Institute.
The program was founded by John C. Quinn, former deputy chairman of the Freedom Forum, and his late wife, Loie, who wanted to honor their son, John “Chips” Quinn Jr., who was an upstate New York newspaper editor when he was killed in an automobile accident. For further information, contact Program Director Karen Catone at [email protected] or 202/292-6271.