Journalism Institute for Media Diversity

About the Journalism Institute for Media Diversity

Wayne State University's nationally acclaimed Journalism Institute for Media Diversity trains high-achieving students for careers in media. The institute offers scholarships for students to study journalism, public relations or radio and television production at Wayne State. Along with their studies, students in this program work as interns at local news and public relations agencies. Institute students often work at The South End,The Detroit NewsDetroit Free Press, WJBK-TV, WDET-FM, Eisbrenner Public Relations and many more. Institute graduates are employed at the the Wall Street Journal, Burson-Marsteller, Detroit Free Press, WPXI-TV, WWJ Newsradio and other media outlets and corporations throughout the country.

The Journalism Institute for Media Diversity was founded in 1984 at Wayne State University by the Department of Communication and editors of The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press. Both newspapers are key supporters as are other metro Detroit newspapers, media outlets and radio and television stations.

More than 150 graduates of the institute have launched professional careers at metro dailies, radio and TV stations, public relations firms and other media organizations across the nation. Some graduates have moved on to careers in law, politics, civic and charitable organizations and as award winning authors and documentary producers.

In a diverse democracy, it is important that all voices are heard, no matter their creed, color, race, ethnicity or gender orientation. Graduates help to diversify the media and serve as an alumni network for those beginning professional careers.

The institute provides a strong academic and professional climate for undergraduates. Members of racial, ethnic and other underrepresented groups are particularly urged to apply as are those interested in studying the importance of diversity in the nation's media to this country's future well being. Applicants must have a superior scholastic record as well as a record of involvement in extra-curricular activities and community service. Institute members must maintain a 3.0 average on a 4.0 scale.

Learn about JIM scholarships here

JIM is a unique program designed to prepare the best and brightest students for careers in communication.

Institute students have interned with such stellar organizations as:

21st Century Newspapers
AAA Michigan
Akron Beacon Journal
Black Entertainment Television
Bloomberg News
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
The Chicago Tribune
Dayton Daily News
Detroit Free Press
The Detroit News
Hass Associates Inc.
John Bailey & Associates
The Michigan Citizen
New York Times
The Portland Oregonian
The Seattle Times
The Virginian Pilot
Wall Street Journal
WCHB-AM 1200
WDET-FM 101.9
WilsonBowens & Associates
WWJ-AM Newsradio 950

Director:  Alicia Nails
Wayne State University
Journalism Institute for Media Diversity

559 Manoogian Hall
Detroit, MI  48201
Telephone: (313) 577-6304