TV & Radio
National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association Receives $100,000 Gift from CNN for Journalist Scholarships
1/12/2006 11:41:00 AM
To: National Desk, Media Writer, Education Reporter
Contact: Pamela Strother, executive director, 202-588-9888 ext. 11 (office), 202-486-5990 (cellular) or firstname.lastname@example.org ; or Eric Hegedus, national president, 215-840-3909 (cellular) or email@example.com , both of National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) is pleased to announce that CNN will make a $100,000 donation to the NLGJA Scholarship Fund endowment to support the Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award. The academic award is named in the memory of NLGJA's founder, the late Leroy F. Aarons, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and editor.
Pamela Strother, NLGJA Executive Director, said "This unprecedented gift from CNN is a milestone for NLGJA as the largest single gift from a news media company to the organization. CNN has ensured that the Aarons Award will be fully funded and has provided a solid base to our endowment to allow us to grow our awards program to help even more deserving journalism students."
"CNN is only as strong as its journalists and this donation helps ensure that we not only support an outstanding organization of journalists but a deep resource for hiring future CNN anchors, correspondents and producers," said Jim Walton, pesident, CNN Worldwide.
The $5,000 Aarons scholarship will be awarded annually to an LGBT undergraduate or graduate student who plans a career in journalism and is committed to furthering NLGJA's mission of fair and accurate coverage of the LGBT community.
Eric Hegedus, pesident of NLGJA, said, "We are deeply grateful to CNN for sustaining Roy's commitment to the profession he loved. His aims for NLGJA have always insisted on the highest possible journalism standards, and with this endowment, his work lives on through the next generations of promising young students."
Leroy F. Aarons dedicated his life to journalism until his death at age 70 in 2004. He believed that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community could advance if the news media did its job by simply telling the truth. Aarons knew that coverage of the LGBT community, as well as that of other minorities, requires increasing sophistication and training for journalists. He realized early that improving coverage had to start in the training camps for young journalists -- the journalism schools at the nation's colleges and universities.
In 2005, NLGJA's 15th anniversary year, the Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award was established to honor Aarons' memory and to continue the work he began when he founded NLGJA.
NLGJA partnered with The Philadelphia Foundation (TPF), a community foundation established in 1918, to administer the NLGJA Scholarship Fund. The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, a component fund of TPF serving to advance philanthropy within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, will disburse the scholarship awards upon receiving recommendation from NLGJA during each award period.
The deadline to apply for the Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award is February 1. Information and application may be found on the NLGJA website at http://nlgja.org/students/student_index.html . The first Aarons Award recipient will be announced March 16 in New York at NLGJA's 11th Annual New York Benefit reception and dinner to be held at the West Side Loft, 336 West 37th Street, 6:30 p.m.
The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students who work within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. NLGJA opposes all forms of workplace bias and provides professional development to its members. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NLGJA currently has more than 1,300 members and 24 chapters in the U.S., with affiliates in Canada and Germany. More information about NLGJA and the Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award may be found at http://www.nlgja.org.