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Two UW-Eau Claire Freshmen Receive
Knight Foundation Journalists of Promise Scholarships

RELEASED: Oct. 26, 2007

Journalism and Beyond camp logoEAU CLAIRE — Two of the top students from the summer 2007 Journalism and Beyond Camp held at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire have received John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Journalists of Promise Scholarships through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to support them in their journalism studies at UW-Eau Claire.

Freshmen Gina Malagold, Madison, and Jenny You, Cottage Grove, Minn., each received $1,000 for the fall 2007 semester and will receive another $1,000 for the spring 2008 semester. Malagold is a print journalism major and You is majoring in broadcast journalism. Both will be eligible for further scholarship funding if they maintain eligibility criteria in a journalism major.

Three more top high school students from the camp were chosen to receive Knight Foundation Journalists of Promise Scholarships should they choose to enroll in a prescribed journalism program at UW-Eau Claire following their graduation from high school. They are Cameron Anderson and Olga Guzman, now juniors at Minneapolis Roosevelt High School, and Casey Gott, currently a sophomore at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Milwaukee.

This scholarship fund, intended to encourage top multicultural students to pursue careers in journalism, was available only to students who attended the Journalism and Beyond summer camp at UW-Eau Claire, which was funded by a grant from the Gannett Foundation to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. The Knight Foundation has also provided funds to support career mentoring and professional activities for these students while majoring in journalism at UW-Eau Claire.

"Eight of the top newspaper journalists from across Wisconsin served as mentors at this year's camp, and they worked with the students night and day," said Dr. Michael Dorsher, assistant professor of communication and journalism and the director of this year's Journalism Camp and Beyond. "The students' enthusiasm for learning and producing multimedia journalism inspired all of us."

"I think that the Journalism and Beyond camp was a great experience and gave all of the prospective journalists a well-rounded taste of what this career would really be like," said Malagold. "We made great friends, memories, and I now feel more comfortable here in Eau Claire and confident in my journalism skills as I prepare to take journalism classes here next semester. I hope other future journalists get a chance to attend Journalism and Beyond because it really is a valuable experience."

You said that her favorite part of the camp was visiting a television studio and imagining that she might work there one day.

"Journalism and Beyond Camp was an extraordinary opportunity for me, especially as a person of color," You said. "It's not every day I get one-on-one attention and encouragement in the life I want to pursue. The week at Journalism and Beyond equipped me with what I needed for college."

Visit the Web site produced by the Journalism and Beyond camp students. The site includes links to audio and video versions of featured stories.

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