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From the Executive Director
Career Booklet Offers New Look, Content

Richard Holden


�The Journalist�s Road to Success� has been the face of the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund to two generations of high school and college students. In 2005, it received a much-needed makeover.

Thanks to a generous grant from Elizabeth M. Steele, we revised and updated the career guide, first printed in 1962 and distributed over the years to three-quarters of a million students, newspaper advisers and guidance counselors nationwide. The new edition features articles on such topics as �Journalism Schools�yes or no?�; the importance of internships and tips on how to create effective resumes.

It also contains a first for us�an article on the growing importance of Spanish-language media, in Spanish, written by Gilbert Bailon, publisher and editor of Al Dia, in Dallas. Thanks to the hard work of students at the Arts High School of Newark, N.J., (and to another grant from Ms. Steele) we will have a redesigned version of the publication, in Spanish, available later this year.

For a copy of the publication, in English or Spanish, just send us an e-mail addressed to: newsfund@wsj.dowjones.com with �Road to Success� in the subject line. Additional copies are available at $2 apiece.

We were also delighted to honor Linda Ballew of Great Falls (Mont.) High School as our 2005 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year, joining a distinguished group of educators dating back to 1960.

In her eloquent remarks to the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association convention last November in Chicago, Ms. Ballew addressed the importance of scholastic journalism.

�Journalism brings us face to face with real-world issues forcing students to apply problem-solving skills and deal with real-life events and people�.We learn to work together to accomplish a goal of providing a forum for ideas.�

In an era trumpeting the importance of �outcomes-based education� in grade schools and high schools, there is no better �outcome� than producing a newspaper.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank the nearly 100 newspapers that support our college internship programs�news editing, sports editing and business reporting. In particular, thanks go to Knight Ridder Inc. and Ottaway Newspapers Inc., both of which sponsored dedicated �centers for editing excellence��Knight Ridder at the University of North Carolina and San Jose State University and Ottaway at Penn State University.

Our internship programs have trained more than 4,000 students over the years, many of whom today occupy positions of leadership in our industry. It is our goal to increase this participation in the future.

The Newspaper Fund will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2008. We hope to reach out to as many alumni as possible over the next two years. If you�d like to get back in touch or let us know what you�re doing now, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Best regards,


Richard S. Holden
  
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