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Journalism student receives Ann Devroy Memorial Fellowship

RELEASED: May 19, 2010

Breann Schossow with Helen Thomas
UW-Eau Claire junior Breann Schossow, recipient of the 13th Ann Devroy Memorial Fellowship, posed with veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas at the university's Ann Devroy Memorial Forum. Thomas was the featured speaker at the April 29 event where Schossow was announced as the fellowship recipient. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Bill Hoepner)

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire junior Breann Schossow, Houston, Minn., has been awarded the 13th Ann Devroy Memorial Fellowship, presented annually 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 offset the costs of the residency and a summer internship at a Wisconsin newspaper. Schossow will work at The Post during her winter break in January 2011.

"As much as any journalism student I've ever had in class, Breann Schossow has the drive and desire to follow in the footsteps of Ann Devroy as a government reporter," said Dr. Mike Dorsher, associate professor of journalism at UW-Eau Claire and chair of the Devroy Forum Committee. "She'll have the tools to do that, too, based on her course work, her broad experience at The Spectator, her Devroy residency at The Washington Post this coming January and her summer internship next year at one of Wisconsin's largest newspapers. After that, if Breann continues to get good opportunities, she'll go far."

Schossow has worked for The Spectator, UW-Eau Claire's student newspaper, for five semesters in positions of copy editor, money/health editor, news editor, Student Senate reporter and managing editor. She will serve as the paper's editor in chief beginning in fall 2010.

"I enjoy writing as a journalist because it allows me to inform the public, a journalist's most important job, and to be informed, which is an engaged citizen's most important job," said Schossow, who will intern at either the Wisconsin State Journal or the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel during summer 2011.

In the future, she hopes to cover politics as a reporter for a news organization at either the state or national level. "I knew, from my first story, that this is truly the career I wanted to pursue. There's nothing else I can do with the same passion," Schossow said.

Schossow was awarded the fellowship at the Ann Devroy Memorial Forum April 29. The event featured Helen Thomas, who was a White House reporter for United Press International from 1961 to 2000 and has been a columnist for Hearst Newspapers for the past 10 years. Thomas was the first woman to be elected an officer of the National Press Club, the White House Correspondents Association and the Gridiron Club.

Ann Devroy, a 1970 graduate of UW-Eau Claire, was a White House correspondent for more than 15 years. She 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 [www.uwec.edu/cj/Devroy/index.htm] in her name at UW-Eau Claire through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

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