Scholarships for Journalism Graduate Programs in California
Media and communications via newspapers and TV news is rapidly being replaced by new modes of communication through new media sources such as webcasts, online news sources and social media sites, which allow the news to get personal. With the rapid changes, as well as the financial difficulties most graduate students face, those seeking graduate degrees in journalism in California would do well to find funding to study this rapidly evolving field in depth. Scholarships are available from foundations, journalism associations, individual university journalism programs and your local community.
California State University at Northridge Journalism Awards and Scholarships
California State University at Northridge grants awards based on a student's performance, financial need and academic record. Some scholarships are in memory of CSU Northridge alumni or through different campus clubs. The Ben Hecht Scholarship in Entertainment Journalism awards graduate students $500 while the Lisa Endig Journalism Writing Scholarship may award $1,000 to a graduate student showing outstanding ability in writing for broadcast or print media. Finally, the Tom Reilly Student Journalism Enterprise Fund offers one or more scholarships of up to $2,000 per project or enterprise. The deadline to apply is in November.
University of Southern California: Journalism Scholarships
The University of Southern California offers a number of scholarships to graduate students exploring different angles within journalism and representing different populations within the journalism sector. For example, the Black Journalist Association of Southern California offers a fall scholarship of $5,000, and the Half-Century Trojan Scholarships offer $10,000 to USC students who are direct descendants of a USC graduate of 50 years or more ago.
Society of Professional Journalists--Greater Los Angeles Chapter
This organization offers up to $1,000 each spring to journalists meeting different criteria. The Ken Inouye Scholarship awards $1,000 to a journalist of color; the Helen Johnson Memorial scholarship is a $500 grant given to two student pursuing broadcast and multimedia journalism; the Carl Greenberg Memorial Scholarship is a $1,000 award given to a student pursuing investigative or political reporting; and the Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship awards two $500 scholarships to two students demonstrating strong intentions of pursuing careers in journalism.
General Information on Journalism in California
The state's largest investigative team is California Watch, a group launched in 2009 by the nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting. The group's stated priority areas of coverage include education, health and welfare, public safety, the environment and how money influences the political and regulatory process. The group is funded by the James Irvine Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the California Endowment and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.