For the 16th consecutive year, the Gannett Foundation of Arlington, Va., will fund the professional journalist in residence program at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the Kansas University.
Mike Kautsch, KU journalism dean, said the $55,000 grant will allow a working journalist to spend a year at KU teaching such courses as reporting, editing, editorial writing and newspaper management. A search committee has been formed to recruit the candidates. The position will be advertised nationally and nominations sought from news executives and educators.
"The foundation's support of our school greatly encourages us in our efforts to maintain a model professional program and contribute to excellence overall in journalism education," Kautsch said. "We are deeply grateful."
The professional in residence position was held this year by Michael Robertson of the San Francisco Chronicle. Other professionals in residence have included Bob Giles, editor and publisher of the Detroit News; Charlie Waters, a features editor of the Los Angeles Times; Richard Thien, executive editor, Iowa City Press-Citizen; Chuck Wanninger, publisher of the Marion (Ind.) Chronicle-Tribune; and Jim Flannery, a reporter for the Omaha World-Herald.
The Gannett Foundation grant pays the visiting professional a nine-month salary comparable to pay scales for senior news positions plus expenses. It also covers search costs.
The Gannett Foundation is dedicated to supporting national, international and community programs that foster First Amendment Rights.