Ohio Journalist

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By Emily DuGranrut

(December 1, 2015) — Thousands of people have rubbed the nose of newspaper legend E.W. Scripps — not the real man of course, but the bust that has graced Scripps Hall and now Schoonover Center — for decades.

The bust is just one piece of evidence of the more than 30-year connection between Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and the Scripps Howard Foundation.

In 1982, the foundation provided the school a $1.5 million endowment, and the relationship was born. Sue Porter, vice president/programs for the Scripps Howard Foundation, said the relationship began with the grant 30 years ago that named OU’s journalism school the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, “and we have been supporting the school ever since.”

According to the Scripps College of Communication website, the foundation had supported the School of Journalism and its students since the 1960s, but 1982 is the pivotal year for relations between the two entities.

Former school Director Ralph Izard cites the internships and visiting professionals provided by the foundation as most notable. “Our students got experience that would not have been available to them otherwise,” Izard said.

The foundation in 1997 endowed the Scripps Howard Visiting Professional position, a program that allows a professional to share his or her expertise in journalism and to connect with students.

In 2001, the High School Journalism Workshop was endowed by the Scripps Howard Foundation to help the school provide diversity scholarships to high school students.

In 2006, the foundation made a major commitment to the College of Communication, which includes funds for an innovation challenge.

In 2013, the Scripps Innovation Challenge began allowing journalism and other OU students to submit business and entrepreneurial ideas to challenges presented by media companies from around the state. Foundation support helps provide the prizes, which totaled more than $20,000 in 2014.

“In 2017 we will complete the last installment of a $15 million pledge to OU that placed the Scripps name on OU’s College of Communication,” Porter said.

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