James Prince, president of the Mississippi Press Association and an alumnus of the Meek School, with Jonece Dunigan at the National Press Club during her week as a fellow of the National Newspaper Association Foundation. Dunigan’s participation was underwritten by the Mississippi Press Association Education Foundation.
The National Newspaper Association Foundation inaugurated the News Fellow program during NNA’s We Believe in Newspapers Summit. The purpose of the program is to develop news literacy skills in young journalists, looking at issues from a community newspaper perspective.
Fellows tackled one national issue with implications in America’s hometowns. During the two-and-a-half day program in Washington, they studied with veteran community newspaper journalists to research an issue, interview key players, work with their mentors to distinguish facts from spin and opinion (recognizing that opinion has a key role in shaping public policy), and produce a news or interpretive story for publication in hometown media.