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Journalism Opportunities at IVCC

Students can be a part of an award-winning newspaper staff through the IV Leader, IVCC’s campus newspaper, which is published 10 times each school year.

The newspaper copy is written and edited by students. The students also lay out the copy using QuarkXpress and adjust pictures using Adobe Photoshop.

The newspaper provides students with experience that can lead to scholarships at four-year universities or internship opportunities at area newspapers.

 In addition, Illinois Valley Community College has established the Trustee Talent Tuition Waiver in Student Life to recognize superior individual achievement in student leaders. Financial assistance also may be offered through journalism scholarships.

 For information, contact Lori Cinotte, journalism instructor, at 815-224-0289, or e-mail her at lori_cinotte@ivcc.edu.

Tuition Waivers

 Illinois Valley Community College has established the Trustee Talent Tuition Waiver in Student Life to recognize superior individual achievement in student leaders. Some of these waivers are awarded each year to freshmen on the newspaper staff.

 Students who receive waivers are asked to write stories for each issue and participate in layout of the publication. In addition, students receiving waivers must keep office hours each week in the IV Leader office.

 To be considered for a waiver, students should write a 500-word essay detailing their career interests and experience. The student also should include basic information, including name, address, phone number and e-mail address.  The essay should be mailed to:

Lori Cinotte
Journalism Professor
Illinois Valley Community College
815 N. Orlando Smith Ave. 
Oglesby, IL 61348

Contact Cinotte for deadline information.

Journalism Scholarships

John N. Barron Memorial
Sponsor: Mrs. Mary Barron, wife of John.
Requirements: [1] Minimum 3.0 GPA.

Gladys Koehler Memorial
Sponsor: La Salle News Tribune.
Requirements: [1] IVCC district resident; [2] entering freshman; and [3] minimum 3.0 GPA.

Dr. Rose Marie Lynch
Requirements: [1] Student pursuing studies in journalism; [2] minimum 2.5 GPA.

Michael J. Zeman Memorial
Requirement: [1] Student pursuing studies in journalism.

High School Writing Competition
Sponsor: IVCC Foundation
Requirements: [1] Entering freshman; and [2] applicants complete a written Journalism competition exam at IVCC.

For information on IVCC Foundation Scholarships visit: http://www.ivcc.edu/foundation/application.html

Applications and information about the scholarships are available by contacting the IVCC Foundation Office, Financial Aid Office or local high school counselor. Annual award amounts vary based upon investment earnings and the availability of funds.

Application deadline for each school year is usually in February.