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UW-Eau Claire Journalism Student|
Receives Ann Devroy Fellowship
MAILED: May 12, 1999|
In January 2000, when most University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students are relaxing with family and friends between semesters, Steve Hyden will be in the midst of what he is sure will be a life altering experience.
Hyden, a junior journalism major from Appleton, will spend his winter break in the newsroom of The Washington Post. As the second recipient of the Ann Devroy Fellowship, Hyden also will receive a $1,200 scholarship and is assured a summer internship at a Wisconsin daily newspaper next summer.
"The Post residency alone makes this a prestigious award," Hyden said of the Ann Devroy Fellowship. "You put the internship and the scholarship along with it and it's just a wonderful package."
The Washington Post created the Ann Devroy Fellowship last year in honor of Devroy, a 1970 UW-Eau Claire alumna who went on to become the most respected and feared White House reporter ever. Devroy, who joined The Post's newsroom in 1985, died in 1997 at the age of 49.
The money and the internship are appreciated but it's The Post residency that has him most excited, Hyden said. "I remember in high school watching 'All the Presidents' Men' and reading the book," said Hyden, who will intern at the Appleton Post-Crescent this summer and the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram next summer. "I can still see The Post newsroom in my head. The idea of being there is just incredible. It's almost an unreal feeling."
When The Post writer-at-large David Maraniss was at UW-Eau Claire in April to speak at the Devroy Forum, Hyden spent some time with him. Given Maraniss' many journalistic accomplishments, Hyden was surprised by how down-to-earth he was and how willing he was to spend time with student journalists.
"Saying I wanted to someday work for The Post or The Times seemed so outlandish before this," Hyden said. "But meeting people like Maraniss makes the Post look more human. It makes it look more doable for a kid from the Midwest like me."
The next year with two summer internships at daily papers and a stint at The Washington Post will be like journalism boot camp, Hyden said, noting that that is particularly true of the Post-Crescent internship because it will be his first experience in the newsroom of a daily newspaper. "When I'm done, I'll look at my writing and reporting and I'm sure it will be transformed," he said.
Hyden said he plans to make a career of writing, but he hasn't decided if that will be at a newspaper or a magazine.
"I really like the deadlines and the grind of it," Hyden said of newspaper. "I like a lot of things that other people probably hate about it. But I'm young enough that I can keep my options open. I'm not going to limit myself. I just love to write."
During the spring 1998-99 semester, Hyden served as editor of the Spectator, UW-Eau Claire's student newspaper. Prior to that, he worked as a copy editor, news editor, editorial editor and reporter for the paper.
"I keep plugging the Spectator but I wouldn't be here without it," Hyden said. "There are people with better grades than me but it's not all about that in this field. Because of the Spectator, I know how to write and report and come back with a story. Science majors go to labs and experiment in them. The Spectator is like a journalism lab. We try things and sometimes we make mistakes just like the science students do in their labs but when we get to the real world, we won't be making those same mistakes."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 13, 1999