Indianapolis Press Club Foundation will fund two
2020 Summer Journalism Fellowships
Applications accepted until 11:59 PM EST Dec. 1, 2019
The Indianapolis Press Club Foundation will fund two 2020 summer fellowships for two Indiana undergraduate college journalism students. The 10-week fellowships will pay $6,000 each. Chalkbeat Indiana and the Indianapolis Recorder will host the internships, which will provide solid journalism experience at the online nonprofit, education publication and the fourth-oldest African American-owned newspaper in the nation. Eligible students must have been enrolled at an Indiana college or university during the 2019-20 school year. Students who graduate in 2020 can apply.
Students will be selected based on the quality of their work. For questions about applying or the fellowship, please contact Jenny Labalme, Indianapolis Press Club Foundation executive director, at
2019 Summer Fellows
Emily Cox spent 10 weeks at WFYI.
2018 Summer Fellows
Sarah Panfil, Indiana University, worked at WFYI
"In a field like journalism and media in general, it's so difficult to find work that pays.... The fellowship allowed me to work full time for WFYI and I really felt like a part of the team."
Panfil spent 10 weeks at WFYI and covered a wide range of topics that included politics, transit issues, homelessness and even sinkholes in downtown Indianapolis.
"I was scared to start daily news reporting/general assignment work because quick turnarounds were always difficult for me. This fellowship taught me to jump right in and get the work done."
Shelby Mullis, Franklin College, worked at Chalkbeat Indiana
"I was very impressed with the fellowship. It gave me the opportunity to jump right into a newsroom and put my skills to work."
Mullis spent 10 weeks at Chalkbeat Indiana, an online, nonprofit educational news service. Among the topics she covered were charter schools, ethnic studies, learning disabilities and affordable housing for teachers.
"Honestly, I wish my stay at Chalkbeat could have been longer than 10 weeks, but this is coming from someone who loves to stay busy and work.... I simply want to thank the Indianapolis Press Club Foundation for this opportunity."
2017 Summer Fellow
Carley Lanich, Indiana University, worked at Indianapolis Business Journal
Carley Lanich, the 2017 fellowship winner, was chosen from a field of 26 applicants. An Indiana University student, Lanich spent eight weeks working at Indianapolis Business Journal.
"I learned so much at IBJ -- both about journalism and business," Lanich said. "I found mentors in my editors and fellow reporters and am excited to say I'm walking away with some work I am really proud of."
Lanich, a native of Indianapolis, came in second place in the foundation’s 2016 Thomas R. Keating competition. She is double majoring in journalism and political science and minoring in international studies.
"I am so grateful to the Indy Press Club for making this such an incredible and valuable learning experience."
Carley Lanich, the 2017 fellow, at her desk at Indianapolis Business Journal
2016 Summer Fellows
Alexandra Kincaid, Ball State University, worked at Indianapolis Monthly
"Throughout my eight weeks at Indy Monthly, I had multiple opportunities to report and write for both print and online, and while doing so, I was able to improve my skills as a journalist," Kincaid said." I was also able to gain a better understanding of the inner workings of the magazine industry and how the publication comes together.
Kincaid enjoyed having her own office at Indianapolis Monthly
"Paid internships are difficult to come by, and your (the press foundation's) generosity has allowed me to gain invaluable experience while not accumulating more student debt."
Kincaid also won the foundation's Last Row Scholarship Feature Writing Award.
Sierra Hignite, Indiana University, worked at CBS 4/Fox 59
"I got much more out of my fellowship than I expected, Hignite said. "This was my second news internship in the Indy market and it was by far the more beneficial one.
Hignite said having a paid internship made a big difference since the previous one had been unpaid.
"I felt I was able to put in more focus on my internship and really give 100 percent of my focus since I didn't have to balance it with another job."
Alexandra Kincaid at her Indy Monthly desk
Sorell Grow spent 10 weeks at IBJ.
"My fellowship was even better than expected," said Emily Cox, a Ball State Univeresity graduate. "I got to cover challenging subjects/high interest events. I learned so much and gained great connections.
"This fellowship program is a tremendous opportunity for students who want to pursue journalism because it can be so hard to find internships of this caliber that are actually paid," said Sorell Grow, a senior at Butler University. "I am so grateful to have had this opportunity!"
"I was pleasantly surprised at how much freedom IBJ allowed me to write stories on a broad array of topics and styles –from quick breaking news to longform features," Grow added.