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2010 Lloyd P. Burns Teachers at Newspapers Program
Summer Internship for High School Journalism Teachers / Newspaper Advisers

The Lloyd P. Burns Teachers at Newspapers program is designed to provide teachers with a fresh perspective on newspapers so they can transmit to their students the variety of opportunities, the excitement they engender, and the skills students can bring to newspapers and their readers.

The start of the internship will take into account the teacher's planned vacation time. The teacher selected will be paid a salary of $500 a week for four weeks of work at a New Jersey daily or weekly newspaper.

For a PDF version of the application form and details about the 2010 Teachers at Newspapers Program, click here

This internship program is possible because of grants to the Lloyd P. Burns Memorial Scholarship Fund, managed for more than 30 years by the New Jersey Press Foundation. Burns was general manager of the New Jersey Press Association from 1950 to 1976.

His daughter, Margaret Burns Velden of Bridgewater, N.J., recently made generous donations to perpetuate this award.

Lloyd P. Burns    


Teachers must have at least three years of experience as a journalism teacher or adviser to a high school newspaper. The school administration must agree that the teacher will return to journalism teaching/advising or will start or resume a high school newspaper following the internship.

Teachers Design the Internship

The internships involve a short orientation program and overview of the management and operation of the sponsoring newspaper. The orientation period is followed by work in the newsroom or with the newspaper's Newspaper In Education program.

The teacher who is selected will be asked to write a letter to describe the type of experience she or he feels will best help the school's journalism program and school newspaper.

This program was proposed by members of the Editorial Committee of the New Jersey Press Association in an effort to support high school newspapers and encourage young people to consider careers in journalism.

Past Recipiants:

Charles Zimmerman, who teaches journalism and advises The Voice at Pemberton Township High School in Burlington County, completed a summer internship at the  Burlington  County Times, Willingboro, through the New Jersey Press Foundation's 2008 Teachers at Newspapers Program.

Tom McHale, who teaches journalism and advises The Lamp at Hunterdon Central Regional High School, completed a summer internship at the  Hunterdon  County Democrat, Flemington, through the New Jersey Press Foundation's 2007 Teachers at Newspapers Program.

Steve Merkel, the journalism teacher and newspaper adviser at Holy Cross High School in Delran, completed a summer internship at the Courier-Post, Cherry Hill, in 2006.

John D'Agostino, journalism teacher at Millville Senior High School, worked for The Press of Atlantic City as a paid intern during the summer of 2005.

Gary Pankiewicz, journallism teacher at Hasbrouck Heights Junior/Senior High School, was the 2004 intern through the Teachers at Newspapers Program. He worked for The Record (Bergen County) as a paid intern during the summer of 2004.

Venise Grossmann, journalism teacher at West Deptford High School, was the 2003 intern. She worked for the Courier Post, Cherry Hill, as a paid intern during the summer of 2003.

Gregory Gagliardi, journalism teacher at Cherry Hill East High School, worked for the Courier Post, Cherry Hill, as a paid intern during the summer of 2002.

Three New Jersey high school journalism teachers were selected as the first Teachers at Newspapers in 2001:
Catherine Hoffman, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, Scotch Plains; she interned at Suburban Trends, Kinellon
Sharyn Kreisler, Montgomery High School, Skillman; she interned at The Times of Trenton
Stephen Porcello
, West Milford Township High School; he interned at The Record of Bergen County.


Founded in 1962 as the charitable arm of the New Jersey Press Association.

NJPF is a charitable 501(c)(3) foundation for inspiring youth readership, advancing student journalism, providing scholarships and professional internships, and boosting the public´┐Żs understanding of the free press and its role in our democratic society.

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Titusville, NJ 08560
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