From left: the Washington Post's Peter Perl, SOC dean Larry Kirkman, the Post's Liz Spayd, AU president Neil Kerwin, the Post's Vernon Loeb and Stephen Hills, and AU provost Scott Bass, at a dinner hosted by the Kerwins. (Photo: Jeff Watts)
“We want to prepare our students for professional careers with the highest standards and that meet the challenges of the rapidly changing digital environment. This multifaceted, ongoing collaboration with a pinnacle organization helps keep our curriculum contemporary and cutting edge.”
Loeb, previously a reporter for the Post, returned to the paper from the Philadelphia Inquirer a year ago. After settling in, one of his first calls was to Kirkman.
“I [knew] AU had joined the ranks of the best journalism schools over the past decade,” he said. “I just really believe in the power of a robust partnership between a high quality newspaper and a high quality journalism school.”
Up to five Dean’s Interns are selected each semester and the over the summer to cover education, government & politics; police & courts, social issues, and transportation & development for the print and online Metro section. Meet the 2011-2012 Dean's Interns
The successful launch of an ongoing fellowship program offers SOC Fellows full tuition plus a $30,000 yearly stipend and the chance to work side-by-side with top journalists at The Washington Post, one of the world’s leading news organizations. "This is a win-win-win opportunity," said Jill Olmsted, Journalism division director, who instigated the SOC-Post fellowship agreement. "Win for the students seeking professional experience and bylines; win for the school and university in recruiting top students for our professional programs and expanding our diversity reach; and a win for the Post in getting part-time employees who have out-of-the-box thinking and can appeal to a younger audience." Read more Post Fellowship