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The Jessica Lum Memorial Award for Excellence in Multimedia Reporting

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The Jessica Lum Memorial Award for Excellence in Multimedia Reporting, established in 2013, is named for Jessica Lum ’12, whose multimedia work attracted national attention. She died on January 13, 2013, in Sacramento from a rare cancer. She was 25. The award, given each spring, recognizes excellence in visual journalism, specifically a photojournalism/video/moving pictures project that applies strong design in a Web environment or strong visuals, whether in photos, video, web design and UX/UI.

Read "'See you on the other side’ Meet Jessica Lum, a terminally ill 25-year-old who chose to spend what little time she had practicing journalism," Columbia Journalism Review, May 1, 2013.

The Susan Rasky Scholarship Fund for Journalistic Excellence

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The Susan Rasky Scholarship Fund for Journalistic Excellence, established in 2014, is named in honor of Susan Rasky, a veteran national political reporter who taught at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism for two decades before her death from breast cancer in 2013. The Scholarship Fund includes the Susan Rasky Memorial Award for Journalistic Excellence in Political Reporting, a competitive award given annually to a second-year graduate student based on journalistic work. Recipients are determined through a competitive process overseen by the Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism in consultation with an esteemed group of alumni.

The Jonathan Kaminsky Memorial Award

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The Jonathan Kaminsky Memorial Award was established by members of the class of 2006 to honor classmate Jonathan Kaminsky who died in 2016 from cancer. The award, available to a first or second-year student, honors excellence in writing and reporting, especially of an investigative bent, whether in print or online.

Read "Jonathan Kaminsky was investigative journalist, father and master joke-teller," Star Tribune, Dec. 17, 2016.

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The Chauncey Bailey Graduate Fellowship

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The Chauncey Bailey Graduate Fellowship, established in 2012 by J-School lecturer Alan Mutter, is named for Chauncey Wendell Bailey Jr., the editor of the weekly Oakland Post, who was murdered on Aug. 2, 2007, while reporting on a story regarding the suspicious activities of the Your Black Muslim Bakery. His murder, at 57, was the most recent killing of a U.S. journalist since 1993, and one of the most prominent since the 1985 murder of Chinese-American journalist Henry Liu by Taiwanese intelligence agents, and the 1976 car-bombing death of Don Bolles.

Recipients will be students who demonstrate the potential for leadership in promoting cross-cultural understanding, or who seek to use journalism to shed light on racial and ethnic injustice.

For more information, see the award-winning documentary “A Late Day in Oakland,” directed by J-School alum Zachary Stauffer (‘08); Killing the Messenger, by J-School lecturer Thomas Peele, who called Bailey’s murder “one of the most blatant attacks on the First Amendment and free speech in American history,” and The Chauncey Bailey Project, an award-winning investigative project by reporters and editors from across the Bay Area who knew him. The project proved their motto “You can't kill a story by killing a journalist."

The Edwin R. Bayley Fellowship Fund

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[Note: Designate for “Edwin Bayley Fellowship Fund"]
The Edwin R. Bayley Fellowship Fund was established in 1988 by a group of donors to recognize the extraordinary tenure of Edwin R. Bayley as dean of the Graduate School of Journalism. Edwin R. Bayley, who died in 2002, was founding dean of the School and served as dean from 1969 to 1985. Under his leadership, the school expanded to a faculty of 22 and added to its curriculum a radio news course and a specialization in television news. By 1981 Cal's journalism faculty was considered among the strongest in the country. The journalism school's library is named for Bayley.


The Delaplane Fellowship

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The Delaplane Endowed Fellowship, established in 2015, was formed from the estate of magazine writer and author "Laddie" Delaplane (1923-2012) in honor of her late husband, Pulitzer Prize-winning San Francisco journalist and humor columnist Stanton Delaplane (1907-1988).

Stanton Delaplane wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle for 53 years, during which time he wrote about everything from the formation of the United Nations to the birth of the State of Jefferson movement, when people in Northern California and Southern Oregon said they wanted to form a new US state. He also wrote colorful profiles of local characters, including a polygamist who was arrested after marrying 18 women.

The Delaplane Fellowship benefits exemplary students showing potential for successful careers in feature and news writing, especially those with a knack for humor writing.

The Clay Felker Magazine Center Fund

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Founded with a $1 million endowment in 1995 by a veritable "who's who" of the American publishing industry in honor of noted publisher and editor Clay Felker (1925-2008), the Clay Felker Magazine Center at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism is dedicated to training the next generation of narrative writers. The focus is on the craft of reported narratives, editing and production, culminating in the annual publication of student magazine Brink, produced to professional standards.

Since it was founded, Brink has twice won national first place as Best Student Magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists, and has seen its stories published in magazines including The, Salon,The New Internationalist, San Francisco Magazine, Guernica, Matter, and the Utne Reader. In 2014, Brink also began publishing as an iPad app, available free from the App Store.

Jim Marshall Fellowships in Photography

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While photography was once a specialized art relegated only to highly skilled photojournalists, it is now an indispensable skill practiced in some form by nearly all our graduate students. The Jim Marshall Fellowships in Photography, established in 2015, provide financial support for students. 

Jim Marshall (1936-2010) was among the most renowned and prolific photographers of the 20th century, and his work is recognized as the premier visual chronicle of the world of late 20th Century popular music. Jim was the only photographer ever honored with a Recording Academy Trustees Award, a GRAMMY given to non-musicians, for his unrivaled photographic record of music history from the 1950s through the early 2000s. In addition, his fellow photographers honored him with a Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Photography in 2004. Nor was Jim's exceptional work confined to the music scene. His documentary photojournalism captured street life in San Francisco and New York, the despair of a Kentucky coal mining town, Mississippi civil rights demonstrations, and Johnny Cash’s groundbreaking live concerts for prison reform at Folsom and San Quentin.

Since Marshall died in 2010, his heir, long-time assistant and photographer Amelia Davis has worked to preserve and advance his legacy. Through the Center for Photography at the J-School, she helped launch a campaign to raise up to $500,000 for the study of visual arts in Marshall's name.

Photo © Jim Marshall Photography LLC

The Roy Pasini Fellowship

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The Roy Pasini Fellowship was established in 1991 with gifts from the friends and associates of Roy Pasini to provide fellowships to graduate journalism students who demonstrate academic merit and financial need, with preference given to those pursuing business journalism careers.

Roy Pasini, a Bay Area native born in Albany, received his bachelor's degree in Journalism from Cal in 1951 after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. He began his journalism career at the San Francisco Examiner. He joined Underwriter's Report, an influential insurance magazine, in 1952, becoming its editor in 1955 and its publisher in 1969 after acquiring ownership. Mr. Pasini was a founder of the City of Hope's Insurance Council for Northern California and received its annual achievement award in 1990. He also served two terms as president of the San Francisco Press Club.

The Randy Shilts Memorial Scholarship Fund

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The Randy Shilts Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1994 by a gift from the Chronicle Publishing Company to support the study of newspaper journalism by students in the Graduate School of Journalism. Recipients must be first-year students who have enrolled for a second year and who demonstrate financial need and the journalistic drive and integrity of Randy Shilts. Randy Shilts was an award-winning San Francisco Chronicle reporter and best-selling author whose ground-breaking work helped frame the national debate about the gay rights movement and AIDS.

Born in Davenport, Iowa, he grew up in Aurora, Ill., and graduated from the University of Oregon. During the later 1970s, Mr. Shilts worked as a television reporter for KQED's "Newsroom" program and as a correspondent for the "Ten O'Clock News" on KTVU-TV in Oakland, California. When Mr. Shilts joined the staff of the Chronicle, he was one of the first openly gay reporters at a major newspaper.

Throughout his career, he remained a consummate journalist rather than an activist for a cause. His first book, "The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk," was published by St. Martin's Press in 1982. It was followed by "And The Band Played On: Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic" in 1987 and "Conduct Unbecoming: Lesbians and Gays in the U.S. Military" in 1993. He died from AIDS in 1994.

Watch Professor Lowell Bergman's 1987 interview with Randy Shilts on 60 Minutes.


The John G. Trezevant Scholarship Award Fund

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The John G. Trezevant Scholarship Award Fund was established in 1991. The fund memorializes John G. Trezevant, who graduated from Berkeley in 1943 with an A.B. in journalism. He was a member of Delta Chi and Sigma Delta Chi. Mr. Trezevant went on to hold the positions of executive vice president of the Chicago Sun Times, chairman of the Field Newspaper Syndicate, and president of the Metropolitan Printing Co. in Chicago, Illinois. He served as a director of World Book-Childcraft International and the United Charities, among others. Mr. Trezevant was a member of the National Press Club and the Chicago Press Club.


The Robert Whittington Scholarship Fund

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The Robert Whittington Scholarship Fund was established in 1995 to honor Robert Whittington by gifts from his friends. He was born on March 5, 1927, in Oakland, CA. He received a B.A. with a double major of Journalism and Political Science from Berkeley in 1950 and wrote for the Daily Cal. Starting as a reporter for the Stockton Record in 1950, he moved his way up the newspaper ladder, eventually serving as the trustee of the Gannett Foundation and as regional president and director of the Gannett Co. After retiring from Gannett, Whittington served as director of Sierra Pacific Resources and as president of the Speidel Newspapers Charitable Foundation. He also served on the CAA Board of Directors between 1984 and 1997.


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