A common theme of much of deep outpouring of grief and remembrances following journalist Gwen Ifill’s death from endometrial cancer in November of last year was a sense of how deeply supportive Ifill had been of other journalists throughout her career.
It is fitting then, that PBS NewsHour, where she had served as co-anchor and managing editor up until her death, and the Washington Press Club Foundation, which hosts its 73rd annual Congressional Dinner tonight, will be honoring her memory with the creation of a journalism fellowship program, called The Gwen Ifill/PBS NewsHour Journalism Fellowship.
“Gwen embodied so much of the core mission of the Washington Press Club Foundation, and it is our intention, with this fellowship, to help train the next generation of journalists to follow in her footsteps,” said Washington Press Club Foundation board president Margaret Talev in a statement.
The fellowship, a 10-month summer program, is open to both undergraduate and graduate student with demonstrated financial need who are interested in pursuing journalism as a career. The first round of applications will be available this month, with the fellowship starting in June.
“At a time when the world needs Gwen Ifill more than ever, her passing reminded us just how many seeds she planted through mentorship and friendship with up and coming journalists,” said NewsHour EP Sara Just in a statement. “We are grateful for the generosity of the Washington Press Club Foundation for the opportunity to honor Gwen’s legacy in this way and guiding young people into practicing journalism with her high standards.”