Chicago public television station WTTW-Channel 11 is creating the John Callaway Excellence in Online Journalism Fellowship to pay tribute to "Chicago Tonight's" founding host, John Callaway, who died of a heart attack a year ago.
The fellowship will be funded through the donations of family, friends and WTTW viewers. The fellowship will be open to graduate students at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Each school quarter, the program will give a fellow the opportunity to work with television producers and Web staff to create original and supplemental content for the "Chicago Tonight" Web site. The fellows will get hands-on experience with online journalism and learn how to work under deadline pressure. The fellowship also will give participants a chance to hone editorial judgment and sharpen fact-checking and research skills. Each online fellow will receive a $3,000 stipend.
"My sister Liz and I are thrilled that WTTW is honoring our father's legacy by creating this fellowship," said Ann Hampton Callaway, a noted singer, songwriter and actress. "He was a passionate mentor to budding journalists, and this would have pleased him immensely," added Hampton Callaway.
"John Callaway remains an iconic figure in the history of WTTW," said the station's CEO Dan Schmidt. "I can't think of a better way to honor his memory than by making this opportunity available to talented young journalists," added Schmidt.