The deadline for applying to be a Host Newspaper for a 2019 Kentucky Journalism Foundation has come and gone and 32 newspapers have submitted an application. Of course, it seems as if most were keeping their KPA membership — Kentucky Procrastinators Association, that is — active. As of Thursday morning, only 18 had submitted an application for nearly half of the ones applying came in near deadline time.
The internship program was created in 1993 as a way to get college students in a newspaper for 10 weeks in the summer to show them the “real world” of journalism. It grew quickly to where the foundation was awarding up to 24 internships during the summer but has evened out at 20 for the last few years.
For 2019 though, the KPA Past Presidents, serving as the foundation board, changed the number to 15 internships but increased the dollar value to $4,000 for the 10 weeks for each intern. Each intern received $3,000 in previous years.
Students also apply and once the Host Newspapers are selected, by the Past Presidents at the Winter Convention, they are given access to the intern applications, must interview at least two students and then make their selection. Interns typically begin a week or two after the end of the Spring semester and continue for 10 weeks, taking them through to about the end of July.
To be eligible, a Host Newspaper must be a participating newspaper in the Kentucky Statewide Classified Program through KPS. For information about getting involved in the Statewide Classified Program, contact Susy Parry at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling her at (502) 223-8821.