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Associated Press to Drop Its 26-Year-Old Internship Program

Despite the pleas of UNITY: Journalists of Color, the Asian American Journalists Association, the Native American Journalists Association and the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press has decided not to bring back its 26-year old internship program. AP chief executive officer Tom Curley confirmed to UNITY president Barbara Ciara that the program was as good as dead as of the end of 2010.

On his Journal-isms blog, Richard Prince notes that the program began primarily as a way to increase the pool of minority journalists. The loss of the internship program is a huge loss for diversity in the newsroom.

Tony Winton, president of the News Media Guild, told Prince that the program costs between $600,000 to $800,000 a year–not an outrageous sum–and that the interns are paid union scale. The program has paid dividends for the company, as many former interns now hold high ranking positions within the news organization. Former intern Anthony Marquez runs the AP’s LA bureau.

A tough blow for young journalists looking to break into an already shrinking biz.

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NABJ Names NPR’s Michele Norris “Journalist of the Year”

428NPRlogo.jpg Michele Norris, host of NPR’s All Things Considered, has been named “Journalist of the Year” by the National Association of Black Journalists. According to the release, Norris is being recognized specifically for her coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign. NABJ president Barbara Ciara said, “Michele had the best year hands down, one full of accomplishments.”

NPR News is also a finalist for seven NABJ “Salute to Excellence” Awards.

Find out who else at NPR is up for an award and view the full press release after the jump.

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