Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 29, 2006

Whitworth Senior Selected for Journalism Internship and Scholarship

Senior Bethany Monroe is the first Whitworth student to be awarded the Jim and Kay Flaherty Intern Scholarship from the Washington National Press Association Foundation. As a WNPA award recipient, Monroe will receive a $1,500 scholarship and will participate in a summer 2006 internship at a WNPA-affiliated newspaper.

Monroe, a native of Mulino, Ore., and a journalism/mass-communication major at Whitworth, is currently part-time features reporter at The Spokesman-Review; she was previously an intern at The News-Register, in McMinnville, Ore. This spring she will select the newspaper at which she will conduct her WNPA summer internship.

To be awarded the scholarship, students must be nominated by their professors or by a publisher of a WNPA-member newspaper. Ten students were nominated this year for WNPA Foundation scholarships. In addition to Monroe, three students, one each from Gonzaga University, the University of Washington, and Pacific Lutheran University, were selected to receive the award.

"Bethany will be an excellent journalist because she possesses the gifts of writing well and having compassion for others," says Ginny Whitehouse, associate professor of communication studies at Whitworth. "She already has a proven track record at the newspapers where she has interned; she is committed to doing quality work."

After she graduates in May 2006, Monroe plans to work as a features or a news reporter.

The WNPA is a trade association for community newspapers in Washington state. It was established in 1887 and has more than 120 member newspapers across the state. The WNPA Foundation, which offers the Internship Scholarship Program, was formed in 1986 to further educational opportunities in community journalism. The foundation has awarded 76 internship scholarships since 1992.

"The internship scholarships provide students with hands-on training at community newspapers, which increases their awareness of the career opportunities at community newspapers and helps them be better prepared for their first jobs," says Mae Waldron, programs administrator for the WNPA Foundation.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Ginny Whitehouse, associate professor of communication studies, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4704 or gwhitehouse@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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