Campus: CSU Fresno -- May 31, 2002
Journalism Graduate Wins Fellowship
Forrest Valdiviez of Visalia, who received his bachelor's degree from
California State University, Fresno in mass communication and journalism
at the May 25th Commencement ceremony, is among 50 Fellows selected
by the American Society of Newspaper Editors and Associated Press Managing
The fellowship provides Valdiviez, 27, a full-time, paid job at a newspaper
for two years and an additional stipend of $20,000. His newspaper site
has not yet seen selected.
The Fellows program, funded through the Freedom Forum, seeks to place
journalists of color at newspapers with circulations under 75,000. The
goal is to help diversify small- to mid-size papers and to provide the
professional experience a new reporter needs to grow and learn.
While at Fresno State, Valdiviez served as editor-in-chief of The Collegian,
the campus newspaper. In spring 2001, he won awards for editorial writing
and feature photography in competition sponsored by the California Intercollegiate
Valdiviez also was a Chips Quinn Scholar and served an internship at
newspaper in Lexington, N.C., last fall. The Chips Quinn Scholars program
offers $1,000 scholarships to students of color who are pursuing careers
in print journalism, plus hands-on training in journalism and mentoring.