IFB to fund grants to student journalism programs

Illinois Farm Bureau will financially sponsor this year’s Illinois Press Foundation mini-grants program that helps public and private high school media programs throughout the state.

Selected schools receive grants of up to $1,500 from the Illinois Press Foundation to pay for a computer, software or other equipment needed for a high school’s student media program to produce print or online newspapers. School media programs will soon receive application information, with requests due on or before May 14. Funds or equipment will be received in September.

“We’re excited to have Illinois Farm Bureau as a partner in this effort,” Illinois Press Foundation Director Jeff Rogers said. “Both of our organizations feel passionate about the opportunity to help young journalist and student news organizations.”

The mini-grants program will provide funding or equipment to as many as 15 high school media programs.

“Illinois Farm Bureau is really excited to be a part of program that will assist Illinois high school students in developing their writing and reporting skills while also sharing the news of their school,” said Chris Magnuson, executive director of Illinois Farm Bureau’s News and Communication division. “These types of hands-on opportunities typically create future career goals, and it’s exciting to think that some of these students could one day help tell agriculture and rural America’s story.”

Jerry Reppert, president of the Illinois Press Foundation Board, called Illinois Farm Bureau’s sponsorship “great news,” and added the mini-grants program has always been special to him.

For more information about the Illinois Press Foundation’s mini-grants program, email Rogers at jrogers@illinoispress.org.

This story was provided by FarmWeekNow.com.