Ohio News Media Foundation

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The Ohio News Media Foundation was formed in 1976 by members of The Ohio News Media Association. The Foundation is a non-profit organization operated for charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes with a view to achieving the highest standards of excellence and professionalism in all phases of journalism and newspaper publishing. These goals are pursued through research and educational programs and activities that include the following:

Donate to the Ohio News Media Foundation

You can donate online by clicking here

Donations to the Ohio News Media Foundation go toward a variety of interests, including scholarships for high school and college students, journalism education research, Newspapers in Education, the Ohio Newspaper Carrier Achievement Awards and more.

These projects require continual planning and funding in order to support newspapers and education around Ohio. Your contribution will help strengthen the foundation for newspapers of the future and its readers.

Per Internal Revenue Service regulations for a 501 (c)(3) foundation under IRS code, all contributions are tax-deductible. They should be addressed to:

The Ohio News Media Foundation
1335 Dublin Road, Suite 216-B
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Telephone: 614-486-6677

Questions? Contact Sue Bazzoli at ext. 1018 or sbazzoli@ohionews.org

Ohio News Media Foundation Marketing Internship

Valuable internship opportunity offered by the Ohio News Media Foundation.  Looking for a chance to use to use your knowledge in a creative, productive and motivating real life setting this summer?  Read on to see if this paid summer internship in advertising, marketing, communications and more isn’t just what you were seeking.

The internship begins around June 1 with flexible start and end dates. You’ll support the efforts of the Ohio News Media Association, the trade association representing more than 300 local media outlets (newspapers and websites) and AdOhio, our for-profit affiliate that sells and places digital and print advertising in Ohio and across the country. We seek students who have a passion to make a difference in the fast-changing world of local news media.

Description

Working with our marketing professionals at AdOhio, duties include the following:  designing and writing sales presentation sheets and other client-contact material; market research; updating and producing promotions materials; creating and organizing PowerPoint presentations; designing display ads, selling network ads and more. Interested, qualified students also will spend a portion of the internship doing journalism-related projects and research for the parent ONMA and Ohio Coalition for Open Government. 

Salary/wk

$350/week

Work Period

10 weeks with start date negotiable after June 1

Qualifications

Must have completed at least the sophomore year at an Ohio college or university with major or study concentration in advertising, marketing, communications, public relations, journalism or other related field.  Must demonstrate good oral and written communications skills. Some skill with Microsoft Office programs is required. Graphics experience with Adobe Photoshop and/or InDesign is beneficial. Understanding of media advertising methods and trends is helpful.

Contact

Please send resume, writing samples, and cover letter to: Walt Dozier, Advertising Director, AdOhio, 1335 Dublin Road, Suite 216-B, Columbus, Ohio 43215.  Email:  wdozier@adohio.net.  No phone calls please.

Deadline

April 2, 2018.  Finalists will be contacted for an interview in April or May.

 

Scholarships

Scholarships

NOTE: The deadlines for several of these scholarships have been extended to April 30, 2018.

Welcome, Students. Here you will find information on scholarship opportunities offered by the Ohio News Media Foundation.

Please note: The Ohio News Media Foundation recently broadened scholarship opportunities in order to attract more talented young people majoring in the following newspaper industry related fields: journalism, advertising, marketing, and communications.

University Journalism Scholarships

The Ohio News Media Foundation will award two scholarships of $2,000 each to students who are enrolled in an Ohio college or university and majoring in a field relevant to our industry, particularly journalism, advertising, marketing, or communications degree program.

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be enrolled as a sophomore, junior or senior at an Ohio college or university for the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.5 (C+) is required. The student’s college transcript must accompany the application.
  • Application form must be typed or printed legibly by the applicant. (The application form on the reverse side may be photocopied).
  • Student must demonstrate the ability to write clearly in an autobiography of 750 to 1,000 words describing academic and career interests, awards, extracurricular activities and any journalism- related activities. Emphasis should be given to student’s course of study as it pertains to the newspaper industry.
  • Application must be accompanied by two letters of recommendation from college or university faculty members familiar with the student’s work and career interests.
  • Student should provide writing samples, articles or other relevant materials such as web links and PDF files used to display design or advertising content.

Deadline: April 30, 2018

The Harold K. Douthit Scholarship

The Ohio News Media Foundation will award a $1,500 scholarship to a student who is currently enrolled and majoring in a field relevant to our industry, particularly journalism, advertising,  marketing, or communications degree program at an Ohio college or university. The scholarship is named for Harold K. Douthit, founder of Douthit Communications, Inc., Sandusky, and a former president of The Ohio Newspaper Association.

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be enrolled as a sophomore, junior or senior at an Ohio college or university for the 2018-2019 school year.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) is required. The student’s college transcript must accompany the application.
  • Application form must be typed or printed legibly by the applicant. (The application form on the reverse side may be photocopied).
  • Students must demonstrate the ability to write clearly in an autobiography of 750 to 1,000 words describing academic and career interests, awards, extracurricular activities and any journalism-related activities. The essay should include reasons for financial assistance.
  • Applications must be accompanied by two letters of recommendation from college or university faculty members familiar with the student’s work and career interests, with special emphasis on the student’s financial need.
  • Students are encouraged to provide writing samples, articles, or other relevant work samples that have been published in print or digital formats (limit to two, please).

Deadline: April 30, 2018

ONWA Annual Scholarship

The Ohio News Media Foundation will award a $2,000 scholarship to a male or female student currently enrolled as a junior or senior in an Ohio college or university and majoring in a field relevant to our industry, particularly journalism, advertising, marketing, or communications degree program.

“ONWA” stands for the Ohio Newspaper Women’s Association. After the ONWA disbanded, the group graciously donated the group’s assets to the Ohio News Media Foundation to continue a scholarship endowed by Ruth Neely France, one of Cincinnati’s first female journalists and certainly one of the most courageous and colorful reporters of the early 20th Century.

Eligibility

  • Applicant may be male or female and must be enrolled as a junior or senior at an Ohio college or university for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Include the Following With Your Application:

  • A recommendation from one college professor (non-journalism) and one college professor in the journalism or communications department.
  • A transcript of college grades
  • Three or four newspaper clippings or other relevant work samples demonstrating applicant’s skills.
    Applicant’s answers to the following questions (limit of two typed, double-spaced pages per question):
  1. Who or what was your inspiration to get involved in the field of journalism, advertising, marketing, or communications and why did you select your chosen field as your area of interest?
  2. Why do you need a scholarship? What do you think qualifies you for a scholarship?
  3. What do you hope to accomplish during your career as a newspaper industry professional?

Deadline: April 30, 2018

Minority Scholarship

The Ohio News Media Foundation will award a $1,500 scholarship to a minority high school senior in Ohio who plans to major in a field relevant to the newspaper industry, particularly journalism, advertising, marketing, or communications degree program at an accredited college or university within the United States for the 2018-19 academic year.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be African American, Hispanic, Asian American or American Indian.
  • Applicant must be a graduating senior at an Ohio high school. Awardee must be enrolled as college freshman at a United States college or university for the 2018-2019 school year.
  • A minimum high school grade point average of 2.5 (C+) is required. The student’s high school transcripts must accompany the application.
  • Application form must be typed or printed legibly by the applicant. (The application form on the reverse side may be photocopied).
  • Students must demonstrate the ability to write clearly in an autobiography of 750 to 1,000 words describing academic and career interests, awards, extracurricular activities and any journalism-related activities.
  • Applications must be accompanied by two letters of recommendation from high school faculty members familiar with the student’s work and career interests.
  • Students may provide additional information such as samples or articles that have been published (limit to two, please).

Deadline: March 31, 2018

For additional information on any of the above scholarships, contact Michelle “Mike” Widner, ONMA administrative assistant and scholarship coordinator, at mwidner@ohionews.org.

Newspapers in Education

Ohio Newspapers In Education (ONIE) is an ongoing activity of the Ohio News Media Foundation, representing all Newspapers in Education (NIE) coordinators in the state of Ohio. The Foundation is affiliated with The Ohio News Media Association, the trade association for all 83 daily newspapers in Ohio and an additional 179 weekly newspapers.

Newspapers In Education is an exciting and innovative program designed to motivate students by using the newspaper as an educational tool in the classroom. Newspapers can be used in a variety of studies including language arts, math, science, history, social studies and economics. Curricula are made available to teachers to show the many uses of this up-to-the-minute text.

NIE coordinators are employed by local newspapers to promote and coordinate the use of newspapers as an educational resource in elementary and secondary schools.

NIE coordinators help provide classroom newspapers by recruiting area sponsors and community contributions to help cover the cost of the newspapers that are delivered to schools. Their efforts make the newspaper an affordable tool for teachers. In addition, they:

  • Host teacher workshops to assist teachers with classroom uses of the newspaper
  • Provide model teaching
  • Develop newspaper curricula
  • Explain and promote newspaper careers
  • Create in-paper family and school activities to promote reading and literacy
  • Provide tours of newspaper sites

Many newspapers have full-time or part-time NIE coordinators, while others have staff who are responsible for the NIE assignment. All newspapers are interested in developing young readers and want to help teachers in their local schools. If you are interested in having “the living textbook” delivered to your school please contact your nearest newspaper!

NIE Links

NIE Contacts

NIE Funding

NIE Curriculum Material

Grants

The Ohio News Media Foundation is now accepting grant applications from ONMA members to provide financial support for worthy local journalism projects.

The ONMA Board of Trustees enthusiastically supported the concept when in it was proposed for the 2018 Foundation budget. Grant proposals will be considered from any ONMA member in good standing, including collegiate members. We anticipate most grants in the $250 to $1,500 range, though larger amounts can be considered.

Examples of possible grants include a small newspaper with no budget for out-of-state travel but needs to send reporters elsewhere to do interviews or check records. Perhaps a paper needs to hire outside experts to analyze evidence in an unsolved criminal case or how a local governmental body is spending money. The money also could be used to engage free-lance journalists to help complete an important story.

“We’re looking for ideas that will have impact in your community that you either wouldn’t be able to do or do nearly as well without some support,” said ONMA Executive Director Dennis Hetzel. “We’re seeing more grant-based approaches around the country to support local journalism. If you think your project is ‘too big’ for us, don’t give up. For example, a Foundation grant can supplement other funds. Outside donors can even use our Foundation to receive a tax benefit.”

All grants will be reviewed by the ONMA’s 2018 grant review committee, whose members include four ONMA trustees and three other experienced journalists.

The trustee members are Monica Nieporte of APG Media of Ohio and president of the ONMA Board of Trustees, Ron Waite of the Sandusky Register and president of the Ohio News Media Foundation, George Rodrigue of The Plain Dealer and Bruce Winges of the Akron Beacon Journal. Other committee members are Lori Goodlin of LNP Media Group in Lancaster PA, Janet Leach of Kent State University and Michael Shearer of Gatehouse Media Ohio in Kent. Committee members will recuse themselves if their organizations are involved in any proposal.