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New PHC Scholarship Targets Budding Journalists

November 9th, 2007

CONTACT:  David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
(540) 338-8727
OfficeOfCommunications@phc.edu

 

 

Dr. Les Sillars, Director of Journalism and Chairman of the Department of Government
Dr. Les Sillars, Director of Journalism and Head of the Department of Government

Already well known for its high profile government and public policy tracks, legal debate teams, and nearness to Washington, D.C., Patrick Henry College is gaining recognition as an excellent training ground for future journalists. With interns and graduates working at major news outlets like World Magazine, National Geographic, Slate, USAToday.com, Fox News and many others, PHC’s “J-School” has launched talented young journalists into positions of influence at print, broadcast and internet media outlets nationwide.

 

Looking toward the fall of 2008, the College will be awarding a special scholarship, hoping to attract the next class of aspiring reporters, editors, writers and producers. The application deadline is April 1, 2008.

“We’re pleased to announce that Patrick Henry College will offer this fall a new four-year, full-tuition scholarship for a highly-qualified applicant to the Journalism Major,” said Dr. Les Sillars, Director of PHC’s Department of Journalism. “We’re looking for Christian students with the skills, talents, and calling to become outstanding journalists.”

Founded in 2000, Patrick Henry College is known for its Christian classical liberal arts approach and emphasis on apprenticeship methodology. This dual emphasis provides a potent foundation for journalistic excellence in a spectrum of writing, reporting, and communications disciplines.

“The College’s core liberal arts curriculum prepares student journalists to see the world around them from a biblical perspective,” explained Dr. Sillars. “And our classes teach basic skills and help students think ‘Christianly’ about journalism. Our internship requirements provide them with the experience and professionalism needed to serve effectively in today’s media marketplace, whether working for Christian or mainstream publications.”

Though relatively young, having begun in 2002, PHC’s journalism program has already produced graduates who are working on prominent newspapers, news broadcasts, and at news websites across the country – including Newsweek Interactive and cable news programs in Washington, D.C.

Observes PHC junior, Nathan Martin (Journalism): “I’ve been told by professors and teachers throughout my life, “You can’t teach journalism, you have to practice it.’ At PHC, I’ve been equipped in the classroom to uniquely understand the techniques, history and conventions of a profession which is vital to the continuance of a free society. Yet the course of study associated with the journalism major uniquely recognizes that writing is a craft to be practiced.

“From my very first year at PHC,” he added, “whether editing the school magazine or working as a reporter for a small-town newspaper in Mississippi -- I’ve not only been utilizing the principles learned in class, I have been equipped with a unique lens for understanding the world.”

Students who qualify for PHC’s journalism scholarship will have a strong academic record, outstanding references, and a demonstrated interest and experience in journalism, as shown by a record in high school of internships or paid positions with newspaper, magazines, news websites, or broadcast stations.

While PHC will award only one new journalism scholarship each year, the College makes available a variety of merit awards and final assistance programs.

“We strongly encourage students interested in journalism to apply to the College, and for the award,” adds Dr. Sillars. “Given the relatively small numbers of new journalism students each year, chances of success are good. But even if not, our other programs make attending PHC a financially viable option.”

For more details on the award, interested students should visit www.phc.edu/journalism. The deadline for applying for the Fall 2008 PHC Journalism Scholarship is April 1, 2008.

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