Editors at New England Newspaper & Press Association member publications are invited and encouraged to apply for a $500 stipend for one of their 2024 summer interns.

They are awarded to aspiring community journalists in honor of former New England Press Association Executive Director Bob Wallack.

If you would like NENPA to consider your intern for this special award, please submit a letter that briefly outlines:

  • Your intern’s background and aspirations
  • The type of experience you’ll be providing for him/her in the coming months
  • The level of contribution that you expect the intern to make at your newspaper this summer
  • Why you believe this intern merits this special compensation. (In other words, will the money be well spent on this student?)

Please submit your nomination by Friday, May 31, 2024, to Linda Conway, l.conway@nenpa.com, using the subject line Summer Intern Stipend.

We can also advertise your internship positions to journalism students and help you fill them. Send your internship information to students@nenpa.com.

About the Bob Wallack Community Journalism Fund

Bob Wallack

Longtime New England journalist and former New England Press Association Executive Director Bob Wallack died in January 2014 after a brief illness at the age of 63.

Bob’s career in community journalism spanned over four decades and took him to three different New England states. He worked for a variety of daily and weekly community newspapers in positions ranging from a reporter, general manager, and publisher. He also served as Executive Director of the New England Press Association during the 1990s.

Former colleagues of Bob’s have launched a fund in his memory that will support both community journalism and young people in our industry — two of Bob’s lifelong passions. In addition to this stipend for interns, NENPA bestows an annual Bob Wallack Community Journalism Award, recognizing a New England newspaperman or woman for exemplary community journalism. Previous recipients include Steve Damish of The Enterprise in Brockton, Mass.; Thor Jourgensen of The Daily Item in Lynn, Mass.; Stanley Moulton of the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Mass.; Ray Duckler of the Concord (NH) Monitor; John Flowers of the Addison Independent in Middlebury, VT, Edward W. Forry of the Dorchester Reporter, Dorchester, MA, James D Haggerty III of the Daily Times Chronicle, Woburn, MA, Steve Collins of the Sun Journal, Lewiston, ME, and Wayne Braverman of the The Bedford Citizen, Bedford, MA.