High-achieving student wins editing scholarship

High-achieving student wins editing scholarship

January 24, 2019 By Alex Cruden Contests and Awards

Nancy Coleman, a University of Missouri senior who has already interned with two international news organizations, is the second annual winner of the Bill Walsh Scholarship, named for the late author of three books and editor of news at The Washington Post.

Coleman spent last summer as a multiplatform editor for The Wall Street Journal and the previous summer as a digital trending writer for CNN. She has also been a reporter and editor for the Columbia Missourian and an editorial associate for Investigative Reporters and Editors.

While majoring in journalism and political science, she taught a course in sports journalism to freshmen at the university.

Coleman wins $3,000 plus financial support to attend the next annual conference of ACES: The Society for Editing.

Support for the Walsh Scholarship comes from individual donations from the Walsh family, ACES members, and other contributors. The competition is administered by the ACES Education Fund, of which Bill Walsh was a board member.

Finalists for the 2019 scholarship had to write a solution for a newsroom deadline dilemma, correct a news lead, write brief summaries for a variety of news reports, and take a timed editing test.

The judging panel was made up of three members of the Walsh family who are professionals in the editing/writing field and two editors who are members of ACES.

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