Fall 2001

2001 Headlines:
• Hijacked Jets Destroy World Trade Center, Hit Pentagon; Thousands Missing, Presumed Dead; U.S. Congress Approves Military Action in Retaliation for ‘Acts of War’ (September 11, 2001)
The events of Sept. 11, 2001, created concerns for one Scholar as he embarked on his CQS internship that fall.

1. Daniella Aird, Florida International University, The [...]

Summer 2010

2010 Headlines:
• Attempted Car Bombing Fails in New York City’s Times Square; Suspect Arrested While Fleeing U.S. (May 1, 2010)
• IMF, Eurozone Agree to $146 Billion Greek Rescue Plan; Greece Promises Austerity to Slash Deficit (May 2, 2010)
• Obama Nominates Solicitor General Kagan to Supreme Court; Nominee Would Be U.S.’s Fourth Female Justice (May [...]

Learning to tell stories that touch a reader’s soul

by Carlos Silva Jr.
I was tired, hungry and physically beat after a 24-hour drive from El Paso, Texas, to Tallahassee, Fla.
I arrived a day before my first-day introduction at the Tallahassee Democrat, as a Chips Quinn Scholar, feeling mentally and physically drained.
Besides being sleep-deprived, I was scared to death about starting my first sports [...]

The CQS program unlocked a scholar’s passion

by Tiffany Williams
In 2010, I’d just graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and was headed to graduate school in the fall. Although I would soon start my journey toward a master’s degree in journalism, I was questioning whether it was the right field for me. Would I be good enough? Should I concentrate on [...]

Enduring appreciation

by Shanida Smith Carter
Oddly enough, my most memorable moment as a Chips Quinn Scholar involves getting in trouble with CQS program Co-founder John Quinn.
I was chatting with a fellow Chipster during an orientation workshop in 1999 when he pulled me aside. I didn’t think he knew me by name, but he said, “Shanida, you’d [...]

A dream takes hold

by My Nguyen
After graduating from college with a degree in journalism and not knowing whether I would be able to get a job, I was beyond petrified. But that changed when I found out I was accepted into the Chips Quinn Scholars program.
Being a Chipster has meant everything to me; the people involved in the [...]

Spring 2011

2011 Headlines:
• Health Care Reform: Provisions, New Rules Take Effect (January 1, 2011)
• Pakistani Governor Assassinated Amidst Religious Dispute; Alleged Killer Hailed by Islamist Groups (January 4, 2011)
• 112th Congress Convenes; Republican Boehner Elected House Speaker (January 5, 2011)
• Six Killed, Congresswoman Wounded in Mass Shooting in Arizona; 22-Year-Old Suspect Arrested, Charged (January 8, [...]

Summer 2011

2011 Headlines:
• An Emblem of Evil in the U.S., an Icon to the Cause of Terror (May 2, 2011)
• Man unknowingly liveblogs Bin Laden operation (May 2, 2011)
• As TV Anchors Wait for the Official Report, Social Networks Break the News (May 3, 2011)
• Newspapers see big demand from bin Laden news (May 3, [...]

The journey from video-phobe to video-phile

by Bertrand Teo
The Chips Quinn Scholars program revived my interest in visual storytelling.
In college, I pushed myself to learn about multimedia journalism. But writing for print is my first love, and the technical aspects of filming and editing video were stumbling blocks to my appreciation of the medium.
The multimedia training I received as part of [...]

The editor and the coach

by Sally Farhat Kassab
It was an honor to be part of the Chips Quinn Scholars program in 1999. I remember pinching myself when I learned that someone was going to train and mold me to become the best journalist I could be. I was a recent college graduate and had worked at the campus newspaper [...]

Archives by Year