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<strong>Washington, DC</strong> – The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) is hosting a Student Mentorship and Training Program at its annual LGBT Media Summit & Convention on August 25-28, 2011, in Philadelphia. 


Each year, NLGJA chooses students from across the country to participate in its student project — providing real-world experience to undergraduate and graduate students who are considering a career in journalism. To apply, students simply fill out an application, attaching the requested items found on the NLGJA website, and return them to NLGJA by JUNE 10th. 


If chosen, NLGJA will pay for the selected student's convention attendance, airfare, food and hotel at the convention site. 


“This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in a weeklong project, designed to immerse students in an integrated newsroom environment,” says Michael Tune, executive director. “Students can expect a hands-on media experience, as well as the opportunity to network with journalists and professionals from all forms of media.” 


Students participating in the project will work with media professionals to report, edit, photograph, design and produce the news of NLGJA's National Convention along with local coverage of the host city, Philadelphia. 


Applicants do not need to be a member of NLGJA or a member of the LGBT community to apply. NLGJA accepts applicants from all mediums and university departments and majors. 


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<strong>About the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association</strong> 

NLGJA is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students working from within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. NLGJA opposes all forms of workplace bias and provides professional development to its members. For more information on the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, visit the NLGJA Web site at 


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