Taylor Student Kari Travis Wins 2012 John Chamberlin Award for Excellence in Print Journalism

By Kari Travis Published: Sep 04, 2012

Kari Travis with Congressman Trent Franks at the Center of Christian Statesmanship Awards ceremony

Taylor University junior Kari Travis received the 2012 John Chamberlin Award for Excellence in Print Journalism at an Aug. 3 ceremony hosted by Georgetown University and The Fund for American Studies (TFAS).

Travis, a professional writing major and student journalist, received the award for work done during a two-month internship at a D.C. newspaper. She was chosen from a group of 88 national and international students gathered at Georgetown University for the Institute on Political Journalism, a summer program sponsored by TFAS.

Criteria considered during the selection of the award recipient included strong work ethic, professionalism, good reporting skills and writing ability. Previous recipients include journalists such as Paul Glader, who attended the Institute on Political Journalism in 1999 and has since worked for The Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal.

“The summer’s experiences and opportunities amazed me on many levels,” Travis said. “One of the biggest surprises was this award. I feel incredibly blessed to have been chosen, and am grateful to the administrators from the Institute on Political Journalism, and to The Fund, for considering me in the first place.”

The Institute on Political Journalism is an intensive eight week program that allows college and university students to live, intern and study in Washington D.C. Students who enroll work 35-40 hours each week at a D.C. paper or broadcast news source, at the same time earning at least 6 credits in media and political science courses from Georgetown University. Additionally, students in the program attend briefings at sites such as Capitol Hill, the U.S. Department of State, and major news outlets around the city.