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Doane Student Among Nine Winners of Nationwide Collegiate Reporting Prize

Doane College sophomore Alisha Forbes of Palmer is one of nine winners nationwide in the Scripps Howard Foundation's annual Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition.

The winners are awarded a nine-day journalism study trip to Japan in June to learn about international reporting.alisha forbes

Alisha is a journalism and media major and economics, history and political science minor at Doane. She is a reporter for The Owl newspaper and production director for KDNE. She previously served as The Owl's managing editor and as a producer at DCTV.

The winners, whose entries represent print, broadcast and interactive media, were chosen for the high quality of their work, an essay about their interest in international affairs and letters of recommendation.

Doane is the only Nebraska school represented. Other winners include students from New York University, Florida International University, The University of Texas at Austin, Arizona State University, Indiana University, The University of Chicago, The University of Tennessee and Ball State University.

The competition, established in 1984 in cooperation with the Indiana University School of Journalism, honors the memory of the journalist who led Scripps Howard Newspapers from 1922-1953 and United Press International from 1912-1920. Since 2006, the competition has offered winners the opportunity to travel and study abroad.

The prize responds to the need for today's student journalists to better understand international affairs, said Mike Philipps, president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation. "A number of previous winners have chosen careers in international journalism," he said. "They often cite this journalism study trip as the motivation behind their decision."

The expenses-paid trip will be led by Bradley J. Hamm, dean of the journalism school at Indiana University and a Roy W. Howard scholar, who has extensive travel experience throughout Asia. Travel begins June 15 and includes excursions primarily in the Kansai region cities of Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. Included in the trip is a visit to Hiroshima, the first city in world history to be devastated by the atomic bomb, and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Park.