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Awards and Programs

In keeping with its mission of supporting the role of newspapers and journalism in a free society, the Foundation offers two programs to encourage promising young journalists to pursue a career in the industry.

This contest honors the outstanding senior staff member of a Maryland, Delaware or District of Columbia high school newspaper. The winner receives a $1,500 cash scholarship award and is honored at the MDDC Editorial Conference in the spring.

Award applications are mailed to area high schools in the fall and are due in January. Applicants are asked to submit five samples of work, mounted on unlined paper, a letter of recommendation from the nominee’s adviser, an autobiography geared to the publication activities in which the nominee participated, and the nominee should write a paragraph or two on the most important aspect of scholastic journalism.

Click here for a review of the program. Click here to view previous winners' bios.

The MDDC Press Foundation began offering summer internships to students in the region in 1999. During that first pilot year, four students were placed at member newspapers. Since then, the program has continued to grow. More than 20 newspapers from the MDDC region have participated in the program.

The eight-week internships are offered to student journalists at any four-year college in Maryland, Delaware or the District of Columbia, to residents of the region attending school out of the state, or to students journalists attending any two-year or community college program in Maryland, Delaware or the District of Columbia.

The association provides each intern with a stipend of $2,400 tax-free for the program. The newspapers to which they are assigned are responsible for any income tax liability the student incurs, plus normal business expenses.

Internship applications are sent to all colleges in the MDDC region. The deadline for applications is in November each year, finalists are interviewed in December and January, and decisions are made by the selection committee in February.

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