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The MDDC Press Foundation

The Maryland | Delaware | DC Press Foundation is a tax-deductible organization created in 1998 by the MDDC Press Association to enhance news journalism in Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.  It is incorporated in Maryland as an exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The foundation focuses on nurturing young journalists through the High School Journalist of the Year and Reese Cleghorn Internship programs.  Together, we are building a foundation for the future of journalism.

Please help support the next generation of journalists with your tax-deductible gift to the Foundation.  Donate today through Paypal Giving (requires a PayPal account) or via credit card (uses PayPal engine, but does not require an account).  For the month of December, PayPal Giving will not charge credit card fees and will donate an additional 1% of your gift to the Foundation.

Thank you to our generous donors!  For a full list of donors, please click here.

The Foundation also accepts sponsorships for our programs.  For more information, please click here.

Foundation Initiatives:
Reese Cleghorn Internship Program

Named for former Dean of the University of Maryland Phillip Merrill College of Journalism, the Reese Cleghorn Internship Program supports local publications and developing journalists by providing college students paid, intensive, real-world experience in member publications' newsrooms each summer.  Over the past 15 years, 112 MDDC interns from 33 schools have served 34 member publications in 22 towns throughout the region.  Click here for more information about the program.

Internships provide a strong foundation and experience for students and 76% of MDDC interns had a paid job in journalism after graduation.  Read more.

Who's been through the Reese Cleghorn Internship Program? Meet our interns here.

Michael S. Powell High School Journalist Scholarship

Named for a long-time editor of the Frederick News-Post, the Michael S. Powell High School Journalist program awards a cash award of $1,500 to a deserving high school senior.  Since its inception in 1999, the program has honored 16 students. Click here for more information about the scholarship program.

Jim Keat Internship Fund

This special fund was established in 2016 to honor Jim Keat and his staunch advocacy for freedom of information. This fund supports interns in the MDDC internship program. Learn more .

Capital Gazette Memorial Internship Fund

This special fund has been established in response to the tragic shooting in the Capital Gazette offices that killed editors Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, Gerald Fischman, and John McNamara, and sales assistant Rebecca Smith and shook the entire community. This fund supports interns in the MDDC internship program.

Tom Linthicum is the current president of the Press Foundation. The current board of directors may be found here.

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