2016 scholarship brochure

Since 1990, the Michigan Press Association Foundation has awarded scholarships to journalism students at public and private universities in Michigan. This year, 11 journalists are receiving $1,000 scholarships, bringing the total to 211 awardees.  The Foundation hopes that some will pursue careers in Michigan. They do. A partial list:

  • Jeremy Carroll, 2002 Adrian College, Crain Communications
  • Mary Wardell, 2014 NMU, Marquette Mining Journal
  • Greg Buckner, 2011 FSU, Holland Sentinel
  • Katrease Stafford, 2011 EMU, Detroit Free Press
  • Ambrosia Neldon, 2013 WMU, Leader Publications, Niles
  • Michael Martinez, 2012 U-D Mercy, The Detroit News
  • Eric Woodyard, 2010 WMU, MLive/Flint
  • Marissa Beste, 2013 EMU, Monroe Evening News
  • Caleb Whitmer, 2013 Hillsdale, Holland Sentinel
  • Ann Zaniewski, 2002 OU, Detroit Free Press
  • Lindsay VanHulle, 2007 MSU, Crain Communications & Bridge magazine
  • Eric Czarnik, 2005 Wayne State, C&G Newspapers
  • Louise Knott Ahern 1996 MSU, Lansing State Journal
  • Mickey Ciokajlo, 1994 WMU, MLive/Kalamazoo

Five students from the original universities in the program are designated Richard and Donna Milliman Community Journalism Scholars honoring the Foundation's co-founding president and his late wife.

The Foundation’s summer Match Intern Program pairs graduating high school seniors and community college students with MPA member organizations. At the end of the paid internship, students receive a scholarship co-funded by the Foundation and the hiring newspaper. Since 1999, the Foundation has paid out more than $79,000. Garret Ellison, MLive/Grand Rapids, interned at the Traverse City Record-Eagle; Robbie Sgro, also with MLive/Grand Rapids, spent two summers at the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Another Foundation/MPA partnership includes the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association. Teachers and news advisers spend four or six weeks at state news organizations, writing, editing (and being edited), shooting pictures, producing web content. This “summer school boot camp” brings value to newsrooms and enables teachers to return to the classrooms with insight into the evolving news profession. The Foundation also awards tuition scholarships to middle and high school students to attend MIPA’s week-long summer workshop at MSU.

The Foundation’s largest fundraising events are a spring golf benefit and an auction, part of MPA’s winter convention. Legacy bequests, memorial gifts and honorariums also help fund Foundation initiatives. Generous support comes from MPA and MNI members, associate members, vendors and friends of Michigan journalism. Your help creates life-changing opportunities for those who will sustain Michigan’s news profession.

Kate Carlson, CMU, Milliman Scholar

Fresh from a summer internship at the County Press in her Lapeer hometown, Carlson returned to CM Life as its news editor and podcast host. The journalism major and art minor expects to graduate in May 2017.  Elsewhere on campus, the CMU Honors Scholar is an SPJ, Organization of Women Leaders and Alternative Breaks member. As a freshman, Carlson designed pages for CM Life, a job she continues for the 24/7 online and twice weekly print editions.  Her newsroom work, she says, “has helped me develop my skills as a reporter, interviewer, editor, designer, photographer, matured my news judgment, taught me about time management and given me the opportunity to learn how to collaborate in a newsroom.”  Carlson admits the staff is working out kinks in its online-first push, “but when we look at analytics compared to other college newspapers, we are ahead of our peers by a landslide.  After graduation, I know I will continue delivering the news, whether it is through the written word, on television, through photos or a combination of media.”

Andrew Mascharka, EMU

Mascharka joined the Echo staff as a sports photographer with expectations no greater than getting as much field experience as possible.  A high school journalism class provided basics but no association with professional sports writers that covering Eagle athletics offers, learning by osmosis.  His promotion to head sports photographer as a sophomore was a confidence-builder, enabling him to expand the paper’s multimedia coverage.  Unanticipated staff “bumps” catapulted Mascharka to multimedia editor; he continued to shoot sports, providing “a good sense of how to balance time and be productive.”  His application as sports editor followed; graduations left him with no staff; he nurtured it to a 12-person and growing team whose payroll he manages.  Mascharka continues to hone his photography skills through classes at Washtenaw Community College and contributes to MLive and The Detroit News.  Geoff Larcom, EMU’s executive director of media relations, calls Mascharka a “double verbal and visual threat so necessary in today’s community journalism. . . He cares greatly about reporting on his university and community.”

Hailey Klingel, FSU, Milliman Scholar

An internship at Kalamazoo’s WWMT-TV enabled the Paw Paw native to experience a community from behind-the-scenes as she assisted the production and reporting staffs and created stories for iNEWS, a digital newscast.  At the United Way in Indianapolis as a marketing intern, the journalism and technical communication major created articles for its website, edited copy and learned SEO.  On campus, Klingel, who graduates after three years at Ferris, edits Endeavor, an online newsletter produced for the Ferris Honors program. The Honors chair, a former journalist, encourages Klingel to develop long-form pieces to give her experience different from what The Torch provides. Klingel’s community focus is broad; she volunteers at Our Brother’s Keeper, the Big Rapids homeless shelter; at a local arts non-profit and with an animal rescue group. As The Torch lifestyles editor, Klingel is part of the paper’s leadership team.     

Adam Knorr, GVSU 

Topping Knorr’s bucket list as a youngster was being paid to play sports. As a teen, reality struck—the Tigers weren’t going to draft him.  Being paid to write about sports means he’d still be in the ball park. Growing up, he followed teams, results, box scores and highlights, never realizing that each athlete had a story to tell.  Knorr began his journalism career at Grand Valley’s Lanthorn where he is sports editor. Off campus, he was an intern at Fox 17 WXMI last summer covering prep sports, shooting video and writing scripts for the anchors.  For the online Local Sports Journal in Muskegon, he covers prep sports and writes about athletes and coaches.  Knorr, a senior and Grand Rapids South Christian High School grad, tries to unmask the human behind the position.  He would like to stay in his West Michigan field, the area that kick-started his career. On campus, he’s a journalism major and Spanish minor in Grand Valley’s honors program.          

Hannah Wiegand, NMU

Torn between a career in broadcast or print, the Davisburg resident is prepping for both.  She’s an opinion editor at NMU’s student newspaper, the North Wind, and is an on-air and behind the camera staffer for a 15-minute student-run newscast airing on Northern’s PBS station.  She interned last summer at ABC 10 UP that included assisting with coverage of a murder trial. As a result, she’s developed resources and faculty contacts to whom she can turn when she needs professional advice.  She credits an editing and design class with teaching her to be a better reporter and writer, recognizing that design opens additional journalism opportunities. Wiegand moved from assistant news editor of the North Wind to opinion editor where she tends to focus on local and political issues; one of her instructors calls her pieces “fiercely candid,” particularly those dealing with racism/Islamophobia on campus--and sexism--‘Boobifying’ breast cancer.  In that piece she takes issue with the all too prevalent idea of saving breasts rather than lives, citing one slogan she spotted on a t-shirt: “Save Second Base.”

Anthony Spak, OU

One of Spak’s instructors says that at the start of each course, all students are on an equal playing field.  As the weeks unfold “I begin to notice those standout students who amaze me—not only as great writers, but also as engaged, energetic communicators determined to excel beyond the classroom.”  Spak is one.  He works for the City of Pontiac, assisting administrators and the mayor’s office writing for and managing production of a quarterly newsletter and website.   On campus, Spak is music director and web content manager for WXOU- FM; he reviews dozens of albums that promotion companies and independent artists submit and he contributes to College Music Journal. At the Oakland Post, OU’s student newspaper, he was the lifestyles and arts editor; he continues to write and edit news. Spak serves on the OU student life lecture board tasked with selecting guest speakers for OU—within budget. He’s also contributed to the OU News Bureau; on weekends he’s a drummer for a rock & roll band and line cook at a Clarkston restaurant (his fresh mac and cheese is a customer favorite, writes a faculty member).

Shoham Geva, U-M/Ann Arbor

Days separated Geva’s application and a reference letter with an update—her election as the Michigan Daily’s editor-in-chief for the 2016 academic year, moving from senior news editor, a position requiring three seven-hour shifts monitoring and responding to breaking news, assisting with layout and managing 20 print and online editors and reporters. She’s particularly proud of overseeing expansion of the Daily’s academic beat; staffers probed changes in how the university investigates faculty accused of harassment, and of the university’s “significant resources” allocated to off-campus digital education initiatives. Geva is drawn to institutions, digging into the “small” issues to discover layers with significant impact; that’s where she sees her journalistic career headed. To date, Geva says she has yet “to find anything that feels more rewarding than shining a light on information that might get lost in the big picture so critically important to a community.”  A political science major and business minor, she interned last summer with the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; in summer 2014 she was a Canadian Parliament intern with the NDP’s caucus chair.  She’s been part of the Nexecon Consulting Group at the U-M’s business school since her first year on campus.

J. Gabriel Ware, WMU, Milliman Scholar

Ware transferred to Western as a summa cum laude graduate from Wayne County Community College. The senior journalism major and criminal justice minor has been accepted into Western’s Accelerated Master of Arts Program in Communication beginning in Fall 2016.  With an interest in creative writing, Ware initially sought an English degree—until he enrolled in a WCCC journalism course. After transferring, he honed his hard news skills at the Herald, with a reporting job at the Detroit Free Press as a goal.  Then a capstone project for a multimedia class followed by a broadcast journalism course created an interest in broadcast journalism, perhaps at Detroit’s WDIV Local 4.  Finally, a news reporting class with an instructor who emphasized feature writing led to an “aha” moment, an almost perfect match with his creative writing interests.  The narrative and descriptive leads and story structures give him the creative flexibility he desires through stories that touch emotions, bring attention to issues and ultimately create change.  Ware is interning with Encore magazine in Kalamazoo; he’s eager to dive into more controversial and socially significant areas that he recognizes are outside Encore’s mission.

Reagan Hoezee, Cornerstone University

Of Hoezee, a former Grand Rapids Press sports editor says, “Had I not retired, I would have hired him for my correspondents’ staff.”  That editor now teaches at Cornerstone; Hoezee has enrolled in his classes for the last two years.  “He’s an outstanding writer and hard worker; I’ve been working to get him credentialed for Michigan, Michigan State, Pistons and Red Wings games.”  Yet another Cornerstone adjunct, a deputy press secretary for Gov. Rick Snyder and former Grand Rapids Press education writer and opinion editor, says Hoezee, a junior, is “one of the best students and young writers I’ve worked with.”  Within a year of enrolling at the Grand Rapids university, Hoezee was the Herald’s sports editor and landed a print and web reporting internship with the Holland Sentinel’s sports staff. During the summer between his sophomore and junior years, he began writing for radio’s Mission Network News. His ideal job, he says, would take him to MLive Media Group on the high school sports beat.  Besides keeping communities informed on what’s happening with their favorite teams, Hoezee relishes telling stories of athletes who have in some way overcome the odds.

Evan Carter, Hillsdale College

A Southfield resident, Carter became the Collegian’s web editor overseeing the complete rebuild of the WordPress website; he spent his first two semesters as a Collegian freelancer. As a Detroit News editorial page intern last summer, he published one unsigned editorial and managed the DVoice blog.  His last month as an intern was with the breaking news desk, solely reporting five stories including one that appeared on a Saturday A1. His editor, noting that he can teach young people process and style, says he can’t teach desire.  “I know he has the hunger to do well in our industry.  He remained calm despite my demands. . .and delivered exactly what was expected or more, ” said the editor.  While recognizing that the news profession continues to undergo significant change, the junior from Southfield is confident that community members will always want local news no matter how it’s delivered.  If there’s no room for new hires in today’s lean market, Carter may cover local news on his own website, thoroughly reporting and analyzing legislation coming out of Lansing.              

Mitchell Galloway, Olivet College 

Either on the baseball field or immersed in journalism and media relations, Galloway knows how to pitch.  The senior from Coldwater is finishing his third year as editor of The Echo, is a varsity baseball pitcher, covers high school and collegiate sports as a freelancer for the Battle Creek Enquirer (“getting quotes after a loss is a lot harder than it appears”), works so successfully for Olivet’s media relations office that he was named college relations coordinator, has been a social media intern for Michigan’s BIG Show (92.1 FM) managing Twitter and Facebook. He began his journalism career at his hometown Daily Reporter where he learned AP style, penned features, wrote two columns every week and discovered his writing voice.  Galloway wants, he says, to be the voice of the average citizen, to be the writer who evokes feelings and engagement. At the Echo, his editorial goal is to oversee creation and distribution of an absorbing weekly view of Olivet’s campus and community.  Going forward, Galloway wants to show other journalists what technology can create to strengthen how they work.          
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MPA Foundation Leadership

The Foundation is managed by a Board of Trustees consisting of five trustees, all of whom are past presidents of the Michigan Press Association. Trustees hold office for one year and election to the offices of president and secretary-treasurer are made yearly by the Board of Trustees at the annual meeting of the Michigan Press Association in January of each year.

Executive Officers:

Richard Perlberg, President
MPA President 2002

Ron Dzwonkowski, Vice President
MPA President 2010

Wesley Maurer, Secretary-Treasurer
MPA President 1988

Dirk Milliman, Past President
MPA President 1996

Marcia Loader, Trustee at Large
MPA President 2006

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Paul Bedient
MNI President 1998

Cheryl Kaechele
MPA President 2000

Lonnie Peppler-Moyer
MPA President 2008

Jenny Anderson
MPA President 2011

Chris Huckle
MPA President 2013

Bill Speer
MPA President 2015

Jim Young
MPA President 2012

Mickey Hirten
MPA President 2014

Doug Caldwell
MPA President 2017


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Jim Sherman Sr.
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