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Herald logo Here’s important news for minority graduating and/or rising seniors at local high schools who have a strong interest in the journalism field plus a solid academic background.

The Special Minority Journalism Scholarship Program was created in honor of Thirlee Smith, Jr., the first black reporter at The Miami Herald, is designed to attract minorities to the media industry.

This program is open to students in The Herald’s circulation areas who are graduating from high school in 2010 or rising seniors in the 2010-2011 school year.

Scholarship applicants will be interviewed and judged by a panel of professionals at the Miami Herald Media Company.  The number of scholarships awarded will depend on the strength of the applicant pool.

Key Features of the Program

  1. Scholarships are available to high school seniors and/or rising seniors in The Miami Herald’s circulation area who are interested in pursuing careers in any aspect of The Miami Herald news operation – news reporting, interactive, copy editing, photography, design, layout, multimedia and business/marketing.

  1. Scholarship winner(s) will receive a  $500 scholarship and an eight-week internship at the Miami Herald Media Company.  The winner must agree to be available for the internship in the year in which it is awarded.  Every effort will be made to provide the internship in the area of interest to the student.

  1. A newsroom coach/guide will be assigned during the internship. 

  1. In selecting candidates, three criteria will be used: a demonstrated interest in journalism; good academic achievement; and, volunteer/community involvement. The Miami Herald seeks individuals who demonstrate all-around achievement.

Students meeting these requirements should complete the application and submit it no later than Monday, May 24, 2010. Click here to download scholarship application.

Questions should be directed to Natalie Piner at 305.376.2802 or  [email protected].


To find out more about Thirlee Smith Jr., read the South Florida Times article Thirlee Smith Jr. recognized as The Miami Herald's first black reporter.




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