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UW-Eau Claire Student Returns from England to Accept Ann Devroy Fellowship

RELEASED: May 12, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire junior Janie Boschma flew in from London to receive the 11th Ann Devroy Memorial Fellowship.

Janie Boschma
Janie Boschma spoke during UW-Eau Claire's April 24 Ann Devroy Memorial Forum, where she was announced the 11th annual recipient of the Ann Devroy Fellowship.

Boschma, a native of Colby, is studying abroad in England for the spring semester but didn't want to miss the opportunity to accept the award, which is presented to a UW-Eau Claire journalism student who shows exceptional promise and ability.

The fellowship includes a three-week residency at The Washington Post, a $1,400 scholarship to defray the costs of the residency and a summer internship at a Wisconsin newspaper. Boschma will work at The Post during her winter break in January 2009.

"Being able to work for The Post and a Wisconsin daily is a dream come true for any aspiring journalist, and I'm so grateful for the opportunity," Boschma said. "I'm really looking forward to absorbing new ideas and techniques. The best part will be having the chance to work alongside such talented journalists and learn from them how I can improve myself and my writing."

Ann Devroy, a 1970 graduate of UW-Eau Claire, was a White House correspondent for more than 15 years. Devroy joined The Post staff in 1985 and died of cancer in 1997 at the age of 49. Family, friends and colleagues honored her by establishing a fellowship and forum in her name at UW-Eau Claire through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

"Ann Devroy was one of the best journalists in the business," Boschma said. "Her passion for honest journalism and her ability to work her way into the White House for information are absolutely amazing. It's such an extreme honor to be given the opportunity to follow in her footsteps, one that I still haven't been able to completely grasp."

Boschma was awarded the fellowship at the Ann Devroy Memorial Forum on April 24. The forum featured Devroy's friend and colleague Dana Priest, an investigative reporter who broke the Walter Reed Army Medical Center outpatient care scandal for The Washington Post in 2007.

This fall Boschma will serve as a news editor for The Spectator, the UW-Eau Claire student newspaper. This is the fourth semester she has worked for The Spectator. She also has been an online editor, the money/health editor and a copy editor at The Spectator. She has spent the last three summers working as an intern at the Colby newspaper The Tribune-Phonograph and its sister paper The Star News.

"Working for The Tribune-Phonograph was my first real experience in a newsroom and they taught me a lot there about the journalistic process, from start to finish," Boschma said.

Boschma said The Post experience will give her a taste of what she hopes will be her career direction.

"I don't know if I can imagine a career that doesn't include being in a newsroom, so I'd really like to write for a large daily newspaper or a news magazine, ideally in the political scene," Boschma said. "I'm really grateful to the people who made this incredible opportunity possible."

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