The Dallas Morning News and University of Texas Partner to Create Two Fellowships, Supporting the Future of Journalism

Feb 05, 2013, 17:45 ET from The Dallas Morning News

DALLAS, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dallas Morning News and the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin announced today a new collaborative initiative to educate and promote the next generation of journalists.

The program creates two fulltime fellowship positions for recent UT graduates to work at The Dallas Morning News' bureaus in Washington, D.C. and Austin. The reporters will work under the supervision of Washington bureau chief Todd Gillman and Austin bureau chief Christy Hoppe on various projects and public affairs reporting. This real-time senior mentoring ensures that students will gain hands-on experience by working directly with seasoned reporters during heavy news cycles in policy-rich markets. The Washington, D.C. fellowship runs annually, September through June, while the Austin fellowship is a full year in duration.

"This fellowship program – along with the broader collaboration between The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas – demonstrates our shared commitment to excellence in journalism," said Jim Moroney, publisher and CEO of The Dallas Morning News.  "The media landscape continues to evolve at faster rates every day. It's critical that we help train the next generation of reporters in how best to use the vast array of news tools and communications channels in the marketplace, and that we help them to develop skills enabling them to adapt to ever-changing modes of news reporting."

The fellowship program is the latest cooperative effort between The Dallas Morning News – the state's largest news organization – and the University. Morning News reporter Ed Timms and UT's Bill Minutaglio, professor of communication, currently work together to teach an investigative reporting class. Additionally, Austin bureau chief Hoppe is working with professors Tracy Dahlby and Rusty Todd, providing  counsel and guidance for Reporting Texas, the school's student-generated news website. This partnership has produced a half dozen stories that were published jointly in the News and Reporting Texas, including a front page article.   

"These efforts to teach and train the University of Texas journalism students will no doubt produce skilled journalists for the future," said Morning News editor, Bob Mong.

Further commitments to the institution were established by The Belo Foundation. The Foundation, Maureen H. and Robert W. Decherd and the Moroney family were the principal donors for the Belo Center for New Media, the state-of-the-art building that opened on the University of Texas at Austin campus in the fall of 2012, which houses the the School of Journalism and parts of the College of Communication. 

The A. H. Belo Corporation is the founder of The Belo Foundation and publisher of The Dallas Morning News. The company acts as the financial backing for the fellowships and allows the students' published works to achieve maximum exposure.

"We are grateful for the continuing support of A. H. Belo Corporation and the commitment of The Dallas Morning News," said Glenn Frankel, director of the School of Journalism. "They have provided the school and its students with a world class building to house our courses and prepare our students to meet the promises of the digital world, while sustaining the values of journalistic excellence."

About The Dallas Morning News and DMNmedia

Established in 1885, The Dallas Morning News ( is Texas' leading newspaper and the flagship newspaper subsidiary of A. H. Belo Corporation. It has received nine Pulitzer Prizes since 1986, as well as numerous other industry awards recognizing the quality of its investigative and feature journalism, design and photojournalism. Its portfolio of print and digital products reaches an average daily audience of more than 1.1 million people and includes online news and information sites; iPhone, Android and iPad apps; Al Dia (, the leading Spanish-language daily in North Texas; neighborsgo (, a consumer-generated community news outlet; and Briefing, the free, home-delivered quick-read.

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About A. H. Belo Corporation

A. H. Belo Corporation (NYSE: AHC), headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a distinguished newspaper publishing and local news and information company that owns and operates four daily newspapers and related websites.  A. H. Belo publishes The Dallas Morning News, Texas' leading newspaper and winner of nine Pulitzer Prizes; The Providence Journal, the oldest continuously-published daily newspaper in the United States and winner of four Pulitzer Prizes; The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA), serving the Inland Southern California region and winner of one Pulitzer Prize; and the Denton Record-Chronicle.  The Company publishes niche publications targeting specific audiences, and its investments and/or partnerships include Classified Ventures, owner of, 508 Digital, Speakeasy, and the Yahoo! Newspaper Consortium.  A. H. Belo also owns and operates commercial printing, distribution and direct mail service businesses.  Additional information is available at or by contacting Alison K. Engel, Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, at 214-977-2248

SOURCE The Dallas Morning News