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    May 19, 2014, 6:30 PM 
      Gwen Ifill at the Press Club
Join us for a special evening of excellence as we celebrate the fabulous Gwen Ifill, recipient of the ANWC Excellence in Journalism award 2014! Contact Julie Chase, Gala Chair, at anwclub@comcast.net.
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The ANWC welcomes Christy Eagleton Fleming, of Wilmington, Del., to the club! Christy is a marketing executive and writer for www.TownSquareDelaware.com, a digital media website she co-founded in 2011.Christy has also worked at Sprint International/Global One, Earle Palmer Brown Public Relations and Advertising, and as a journalist for WWBT-NBC 10 in Richmond, Va., and WJTV-12 in Jackson, Miss.



– The American News Women’s Club (ANWC), the longest serving national organization for women in the media, announces its 2013 scholarship winners. Four aspiring journalists each received $3,000 awards at the 2013 ANWC 19th Gala and Award Luncheon June 21 honoring Barbara Walters.

In her will, longtime ANWC member Jane Lingo endowed the Club with a generous fund to support scholarship awards to local journalism students. Every year at least one ANWC scholarship recipient is designated a “Jane Lingo Scholar.”
The following award winners have been selected from the numerous applications submitted. Thanks to our Scholarship Committee Margaret Ryan, ANWC Treasurer, and Pam Ginsburg, past president, for reviewing all the applications. The winners are:
Above, scholarship winners pose with ANWC treasurer Margaret Ryan. (From left: Margaret Ryan, Jatara McGee, Zinhle Essamuah and Lauren Kirkwood.)

Jane Lingo Scholar
Zinhle Essamuah. A rising sophomore at George Washington University, majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication, Zinhle brings a unique world view to her studies as the first American citizen in her family, with parents from Uganda and Ghana. She names as her role models Aung San Suu Kyi, Hillary Clinton, and Oprah Winfrey, and her goal is to tell the stories of people worldwide who get little media attention. Her accomplishments, including her strong writing, on-camera poise, and focus on pursuing well-articulated goals, stood out to the judges.
ANWC Scholars
Lauren Kirkwood. A rising senior at the University of Maryland, majoring in Journalism, Lauren has pursued academic coursework in history, economics, and science policy, and focused her professional work on learning journalism from the ground up. Reporting for the Hagerstown Herald-Mail, Capitol News Service, and Maryland’s student newspaper, The Diamondback, she has zeroed in on health policy as the area she hopes to continue covering after graduation. Her achievements in both academia and journalism made her a judges’ choice.
Jatara McGee. A rising junior at the University of Maryland, majoring in Broadcast Journalism, Jatara wants to use her journalism skills to help victims of injustice tell their stories. Teaming with other journalism students last year, she helped found and manage “Stories Beneath the Shell” (umdsbs.com), an on-line space where journalism students can post innovative video stories. The judges were impressed by her initiative and by the level of accomplishment demonstrated in her published work.


 Scholarship winners with Barbara Walters at the 2013 Excellence in Journalism Gala. 


Former scholarship winners:

Omama Altaleb will be a sophomore at George Mason University and is
majoring in communications with a journalism concentration. She is pursuing
a career in journalism to answer her mother's perennial question, "How are
you going to make the world a better place?" She has been interning at GMU's Arab Studies Institute while studying, and is considering a double major with conflict resolution.




 Rachel Auerbach will be a junior at the University of Maryland College Park
and is majoring in journalism and government and politics. She hopes one day to be a network anchor. She has known since she first stepped into a newsroom, in her senior year of high school, that reporting people's stories is what she wants to do. She has volunteered with Maryland Online Television Station and TerpsTV, and has written for The Diamondback, Eclipse, and the website Her Campus.  





Rachel Karas will be a senior at American University and is working on two bachelor’s degrees—one in print journalism and the other in international studies.  She embraced journalism after seeing how sensitive news writing on the Virginia Tech massacre could help the whole nation to grieve that tragedy. She has set as her goal becoming one of the premier journalists covering the Middle East. In pursuit of that goal, she has studied a semester in Israel and is learning Arabic. She has also interned with the Washington Post and Agence France Presse, worked in a local television station and written for the Eagle



Nicole Raz will be a senior at American University and is majoring in print journalism with a minor in international studies. She has been pursuing her dream of being an international reporter since high school, writing for local newspapers in her hometown of Albuquerque, N.M. She has lived in both China and Italy. She spent two years at the University of New Mexico, interning for a local newspaper and convincing broadcast reporters to let her shadow them to learn their craft. Last fall, she transferred to American University's journalism program, and now works with American TV and edits the satirical paper, Eagle Droppings.