Center for Editing Excellence


Newspaper Fund Interns Learn Copy Editing Skills
at the University of Texas at Austin

From the June 5, 1998 edition of the Southwest Journalist

Ten students representing nine universities wind up an intense two-week copy editing program Friday at The University of Texas at Austin, part of a national project to encourage and develop editors for U.S. newspapers.

The Department of Journalism is one of six sites hosting a Dow Jones News Fund Center for Editing Excellence. The center provides an editing instruction program for 10 students, who will go on to copy-editing internships at newspapers in Texas and Colorado for the remainder of the summer.

Nationally, 117 summer interns will edit stories, write headlines and design pages for leading American newspapers. Internships are from 10 to 14 weeks, depending on the needs of participating newspapers and student intern schedules.

Other Centers for Editing Excellence are at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.,; University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Virginia commonwealth University, Richmond; University of Missouri, Columbia; and San Jose State University.


  • David Brooks, Virginia Commonwealth University, Austin American-Statesman
  • Mauro Diaz, the University of Texas at El Paso, The Dallas Morning News
  • Katherine Dillinger, the University of Missouri at Columbia, Colorado Springs Gazette
  • Jacqueline Feldman, the University of Missouri at Columbia, Denver Post
  • Christine Garrison, the University of Texas at Austin, Houston Chronicle
  • Frank Gonzales, New Mexico State University, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • Jim Little, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Amarillo Globe-News
  • Jill Taylor, Texas Christian University, Corpus Christi Caller-Times
  • Tranisha Wallace, Prairie View A&M University, Houston Chronicle
  • Harlesica Wooten, the University of Houston, Houston Chronicle

1998 STAFF

  • S. Griffin Singer, director, Center for Editing Excellence
  • George Sylvie, assistant director, Center for Editing Excellence
  • Hillary Warren and Janice Hendrson, faculty/staff


  • Fernando Dovalina, assistant managing editor, Houston Chronicle
  • Hank Glamann, administrative news editor, Houston Chronicle
  • Norma Sosa, obituary editor, New York Times
  • David Forrest, copy editor, Austin American-Statesman
  • Melanie Gerik, copy editor, Beaumont Enterprise
  • Bradley Wilson, University Interscholastic League
  • Mike Quinn, professor, UT-Austin
  • Andy Ceperley, assistant dean for Career Services, College of Communication, UT-Austin
  • Richard Holden, executive director, Dow Jones Newspaper Fund