Thanks to support from donors, the MPC Endowment funded paid newsroom internships in 2019 for four local high school students who completed the Urban Journalism Workshop at Marquette University.
The students interned at the Milwaukee Business Journal, the Milwaukee Courier, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. Each student received $1,000 for a four-week internship, amounting to more than $15 per hour of involvement.
For 2020, the MPC Endowment has budgeted $5,000 for five more internships. In addition, Mark and Kaye Kass have donated $1,000 for a sixth 2020 internship and pledged $1,000 to fund an internship in 2021. Mark, who’s editor-in-chief of the Milwaukee Business Journal, challenges other editors and reporters to contribute to the important internship program.
“We need to continue to grow the program and offer more opportunities for minority students to get involved and get experience in our newsrooms,” Mark says. “It is vital to our continued growth and future as an industry. We need to do everything we can to increase the diversity pool when we are hiring for new reporters and editors to make sure we reflect the communities we cover.”
Please help boost this initiative, which informs and trains aspiring journalists while making Milwaukee newsrooms more reflective of the communities they serve.
The MPC Endowment also maintains separate funds for the Don Walker Memorial Scholarship and the Eric Miller UWM PantherVision Scholarship.
Please designate which fund you wish your contributions to benefit: a) Internships, b) Don Walker or c) Eric Miller. The MPC Endowment also welcomes donations to its general fund.
Donate online, or mail your check to:
MPC Endowment Ltd, 1505 N. 119th Street, Wauwatosa, WI 53226-32411
Click here to donate to the MPC Endowment online.
Donate by Dec. 31, 2019, to take advantage of 2019 charitable donations for income tax reporting.
The MPC Endowment is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit begun in 1973 by members of the Milwaukee Press Club to support excellence in journalism through university scholarships, college and high school journalism conference grants, internships and programming, including major support for the Press Club’s yearly Excellence in Journalism Contest.