Central and South American Journalists Encouraged to Apply for Prestigious Tina Hills Fellowship

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Columbia, Mo. (Dec. 5, 2006) — The Missouri School of Journalism announces a call for applications for the Tina Hills Fellowship for Latin American journalists interested in earning a master’s or doctoral degree at the world’s first journalism school. The fellowship is part of a long-term program to expand relations between the School and the news business in Latin America.

Marina Walker Guevara
Marina Walker Guevara, MA ’05, Tina Hills Fellow, 2003-05
María Inés Miró-Quesada
María Inés Miró-Quesada, Tina Hills Fellow, 2005-06

The winner will begin a graduate degree program at the Missouri School of Journalism in the fall of 2007 and will work as the Spanish-language managing editor of Adelante, an award-winning bilingual monthly newsmagazine published at the School for the growing Spanish-speaking population of central Missouri. The Tina Hills Fellowship will provide tuition and a stipend of $5,000 a year to the successful applicant.

The ideal candidate for this fellowship will be a Latin American working journalist with professional experience. He/she must have good English and Spanish-language skills and a desire to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree in the United States. To apply for the fellowship, candidates must first apply to the School’s graduate program and indicate on their application that they are interested in being considered for the Tina Hills Fellowship.

The fellowship is named for Tina Hills, former publisher of the Puerto Rican newspaper El Mundo and president of its parent company. Mrs. Hills is the widow of Lee Hills, the first chairman and chief executive officer of Knight-Ridder newspapers. Both were presidents of the Inter American Press Association. Lee Hills Hall, dedicated in 1995, is home to the Columbia Missourian.

A previous recipient of the Tina Hills Fellowship, Marina Walker Guevara, recently won the 2006 Reuters-IUCN (The World Conservation Union) Media Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting for reporting on lead poisoning of children in Peru. Walker Guevara, who is from Argentina, currently works as a reporter for the Center for Public Integrity, an investigative reporting organization in Washington, D.C.

Application requirements for the master’s and doctoral program are available at the Missouri Journalism Graduate Program home page. Applicants who have questions about applying for the master’s program should contact Martha Pickens; those interested in the doctoral program should contact Amy Lenk. The application deadline is Feb. 18, 2007.

Dec 6, 2006

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