The Los Angeles Times is committed to promoting the educational development of student journalists and journalism as a career. However, given the challenging business climate facing the media industry, The Times has decided to change how we support student journalism.

We will be discontinuing The Times’ Student Journalism Awards annual competition, the Saturdays at The Times workshops and the Jim Murray Sports Journalism workshop.

We realize that this decision will be a disappointment to many students and school journalism programs, so The Times will continue its existing partnerships with California State University at Northridge and the University of Southern California. Both have excellent programs targeted to high school students that will include Times journalists as speakers and instructors. We will also continue The Story Behind the Story signature editorial program and will continue to invite high school and college journalists to attend the events.

Diversity is valued at The Times and we will continue our participation in Tribune Co.'s renowned METPRO career development program for journalists of color and the summer intern program for college students. The Times will also continue sponsorship funding of regional and national journalism organizations many of which offer student scholarships, training workshops and mentoring programs. Some of these organizations include: the Asian American Journalists Association, California Chicano News Media Association, Greater Los Angeles Press Club, International Women's Media Foundation, National Association of Minority Media Executives, National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

We appreciate your understanding at this time, and look forward to continuing communication to keep student journalists connected to The Times. If you have questions regarding our partnership programs with the California State University at Northridge or the University of Southern California, please contact Public Affairs Associate Peggy Stevenson at peggy.stevenson@latimes.com. The editorial contact person is Senior Editorial Recruiter Randy Hagihara. He can be reached at 213.237.7992 or randy.hagihara@latimes.com.





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