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Sigma Delta Chi Foundation Announces the $75,000 Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing

For Immediate Release:


Heather Porter, Programs Coordinator, (317) 927-8000, ext. 204
Beth King, Communications Manager, (317) 927-8000, ext. 211

INDIANAPOLIS — The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of the Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing.

The Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship was established to enable a mid-career editorial writer from a newspaper in the United States to have time away from daily responsibilities for study and research. The $75,000 cash award allows the selected Pulliam Editorial Fellow to take courses, pursue independent study, travel or otherwise enrich their knowledge of a public interest issue.

To be eligible for application for the Pulliam Fellowship, a candidate must:

• Hold a position as a full-time editorial writer at a news publication located in the United States.

• Have at least three years experience as an editorial writer.

• Demonstrate outstanding writing and analytical abilities.

• Secure assurances by the editor or publisher that the applicant will be allowed sufficient time to pursue the fellowship without jeopardizing employment.

• Demonstrate ability and intent to publish work within 18 months of selection.

All entries must be in English and be postmarked by July 1, 2007.

“The Pulliam editorial fellowship is one of the most prestigious in journalism today,” said Paul McMasters, a former president of both SPJ and the SDX Foundation and one of the Pulliam judges for more than a decade. “For 30 years,” McMasters continued, “the fellowship has provided generous stipends for some of the nation’s most distinguished editorial writers to broaden their horizons and deepen their knowledge. Overall, the program has contributed significantly to the improvement of newspaper editorial pages.”

The Pulliam Fellowship is an educational program of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of the Society of Professional Journalists. The Society first offered the fellowship in 1977. It is funded by a grant from Mrs. Eugene C. Pulliam honoring the memory of her husband, one of the founding members of the Society, which was founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi. Eugene C. Pulliam was the publisher of The Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis News, The Arizona Republic and The Phoenix Gazette.

For more information on the application process, please visit or contact Heather Porter, at (317) 927-8000, ext. 204.

Since its founding in 1961, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation has promoted excellence and ethics in journalism. SDX is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization that supports the educational programs of the Society of Professional Journalists and serves the professional needs of journalists and students pursuing careers in journalism.

The Society of Professional Journalists is one of the nation’s largest and oldest journalism –advocacy organizations. SPJ is dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, and based in Indianapolis, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed public, works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists, and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. For more information about SPJ and SDX, please visit


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