WTTW honors John Callaway with fellowship

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Chicago’s WTTW has created the John Callaway Excellence in Online Journalism Fellowship, the station will announce on this evening’s Chicago Tonight (June 23). The fellowship is named for the founding host of the longtime pubaffairs program who died last June 23 (Current, July 6, 2009), exactly 10 years to the day after his final show. The fellowship will be funded through donations from family, friends and WTTW viewers, according to a statement from the station. It’s open to graduate students at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Each quarter, a young journalist will work with TV producers and web staff to create original and supplemental content for the Chicago Tonight website. It runs for 10 weeks and each fellow receives a $3,000 stipend. “John Callaway remains an iconic figure in the history of WTTW,” said Dan Schmidt, WTTW president and CEO. “I can’t think of a better way to honor his memory than by making this opportunity available to talented young journalists.”