AUDIO: Board Of Regents Chancellor On Scripps Statehouse News Bureau Launch

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The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Statehouse News Bureau officially launched today in Columbus.  The partnership between Ohio University's journalism school, the Scripps Howard Foundation and The Columbus Dispatch, offers OU students an internship opportunity covering the Ohio statehouse under the guidance of a Scripps School faculty member.

The students are being supported through scholarships provided by The Dispatch and the Scripps Howard Foundation.

"Students will receive valuable professional experience, and news consumers throughout the state will be the ultimate beneficiaries," said Mike Philipps, president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation, the corporate foundation of The E.W. Scripps Company.

"The bureau is a natural extension of Scripps' commitment to public service reporting in Ohio," said Philipps. "The 133-year-old media company is based in Cincinnati, where it operates television stations and newspapers nationwide, including WEWS in Cleveland and WCPO in Cincinnati."

Karen Kasler of Ohio Public Radio asked Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro for his thoughts on the collaboration.  He praised the effort: "What a great way for a student of journalism to really become knowledgeable on public affairs and government structure."

Two OU students will intern for each of the three quarters in the academic year.  OU will expand the project to other academic partners starting in August 2012.

WOUB News, as part of the Ohio University Scripps College of Communication, will act as an outlet for the Scripps Statehouse News Bureau reports.