March 12, 2010
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Anna Christopher, NPR


   

NPR AND THE WASHINGTON POST ANNOUNCE CREATION OF
THE STONE & HOLT WEEKS FELLOWSHIP

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR SIX MONTH JOURNALISM PROGRAM

March 12, 2010; Washington, D.C. NPR and The Washington Post have come together to create The Stone & Holt Weeks Fellowship an unprecedented joint reporting fellowship in memory of two extraordinary brothers who were victims in a tragic highway crash in the summer of 2009. Stone was 24 and Holt was 20. Their father, Linton Weeks, is a reporter at NPR and spent nearly two decades at The Washington Post. Their mother, Jan Taylor Weeks, is an artist and teacher.

The Stone & Holt Weeks Fellowship is designed to give a promising individual the opportunity to launch a career in journalism. The Fellow will spend twelve weeks at each institution learning about the craft of journalism and its relationship to public education, citizenship, social change and democracy. The intent is to be educational and experiential, with the Fellow learning original newspaper reporting at The Washington Post, and the craft of NPR's style of journalism.

NPR and The Washington Post are accepting applications now through April 30, 2010. Anyone who will have received a bachelor's degree by July 15, 2010, is eligible to apply; one Fellow will be selected, and will begin after Labor Day. Forms, requirements and additional details about the Fellowship and Stone and Holt Weeks may be found at: www.npr.org/about/fellowships/weeks

"We created this fellowship with The Washington Post to honor the memory of these extraordinary young men," said Vivian Schiller, NPR President & CEO. "We hope that this unique program will motivate and inspire other young men and women to learn the craft of journalism and thereby give back to their communities."

"We're proud to open up our newsroom to help start the career of a promising young potential journalist," said Katharine Weymouth, chief executive of Washington Post Media. "The values that the Weeks family instilled in their two remarkable sons are the same values of engaged citizenship and public service that drive our journalism."

To learn more, visit www.stoneandholtweeksfoundation.org