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Journalism awards renamed to honor benefactor David Swit.

It was the consensus of the NPA Foundation board at its December meeting that the foundation's annual journalism awards be renamed the David Swit Journalism Awards, and-- for the first time--each of the first place winners in the seven categories will receive a $500 cash prize at the annual June conference in Washington.

(Ed. Note--Dave Swit has done more for the NPA than perhaps any other publisher in the industry. He was one of the original founders of NPA, served as president, and holds the record for the number of years served on the NPA board. Not only has he given of his time to NPA but he has been the largest single contributor to the NPA Foundation. At the 1998 NPA conference alone, he gave $25,000 to the foundation. Dave is one of a diminishing breed of publishers whose primary interest is the editorial excellence of his publications.)

Information on next year's awards competition will be available in March. The board also decided to raise the entry fee to $75 for each submission and agreed to continue to contribute $2,000 to the National Press Club's Journalism Awards, which have a newsletter category.

In other actions at the foundation board meeting:

* A special memorial fund was established to honor the late John Wills, a former NPA president, who died last month.

* Daniel Brown of UCG was named to head up the speakers bureau of the foundation, which promotes the activities of NPA and the newsletter industry.

* Board members voted to change its name to the Newsletter and Electronic Publishers Foundation in keeping with the name change by NPA to NEPA.

The foundation is also looking for members to sponsor summer internship programs for college students interested in a career in newsletter journalism. The foundation awards living and travel expenses in connection with the internships. Information may be obtained from the foundation, at NPA headquarters.

The NPA Foundation was established in 1982 to assist in improving the visibility and reputation of newsletter journalism as part of the information industry. The foundation funds scholarships (see p. 8) and promotes careers in newsletter journalism through a number of programs which include grants to journalism schools.

During the year, the foundation in cooperation with the association staff had a career booth at the annual meeting of the Assn. of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication and at the Society of Professional Journalists conference.

The foundation has a current fund balance of nearly $225,000.
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Date:Dec 15, 1999
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