The 2020 Chuck Stone Program for Diversity in Education and Media will be held July 6-9. The Chuck Stone Program welcomes students of varying diversity, including but not limited to religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and gender. The 12 students accepted to the one-week program will learn from classroom study, real-world reporting, newsroom practice and professional mentors. The workshop will consist of 50 hours of multi-platform storytelling and writing in which the participants work together to make a multimedia publication called The Mix.
The first workshop was held for rising high school seniors in 2007. The program honors the legacy of professor Charles ‘Chuck’ Sumner Stone Jr., who retired from the school in 2005.
A committee of journalism professors and professionals will select 12 participants. Aspiring journalists who will be seniors in the 2019-20 school year are encouraged to apply. Paid expenses include airfare, meals and lodging.
The application materials must be received by March 15, 2020, and can be found at http://chuckstone.web.unc.edu/.
Charles “Chuck” Stone Jr. was a prolific journalist who promoted diversity and equality during his long career in news reporting.
Stone was born in St. Louis in 1924. He was a Tuskegee Airman in the U.S. Army Air Corps before he went on to attend Wesleyan University. After graduating college, he traveled to Egypt, India and South Africa to help in aid and development projects.
He later settled into journalism, becoming the first black host for PBS’ Black Perspective in News. He went on to become editor of the New York Age, the Afro- American, senior editor of the Philadelphia Daily News, and editor-in- chief of the Chicago Defender. These newspapers were notable news sources created by the black community.
Stone was very active in bringing diversity into the media. He was the first president of the National Association of Black Journalists. A close friend of Martin Luther King Jr., Stone was very involved in the desegregation movement. He was even offered the position of executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which he declined for the reason that he did not want his young children subjected to life in the South.
The integrity that Stone brought to his reporting caused him to transcend beyond his role as a journalist into the position of a liaison between the troubled parts of the African-American community and the society which they were at odds. His articles sparked conversation about race, and he gained credibility in the media and with the people.
After a long career of reporting and activism, Stone took his talents and experiences to the classroom. He became a Walter Spearman Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He won several teaching awards for his classes in censorship and magazine writing. He retired from UNC-CH in 2005. The Chuck Stone Program for Diversity and Education in Media was created in his honor. He contributed sharing with the scholars stories from his illustrious career.
Stone passed away in 2014 at the age of 89. The Chuck Stone Program strives to bring remembrance to his legacy.