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“I learned that our differences connect us more than our similarities. It is important to realize that differences are inevitable; we must accept then and refuse to change them, they make the world a diverse place that is accessible for all.”

– 2018 Chuck Stone Scholar

Professor Chuck Stone retired from UNC-Chapel Hill on June 30, 2005, after 14 years as the Walter Spearman Professor in the School of Media and Journalism. Before arriving at UNC-Chapel Hill, Professor Stone had a well-established record of promoting diversity wherever he worked, be it in Congress, in the media or in academia.

The Chuck Stone Program, sponsored by the UNC-Chapel Hill Hussman School of Journalism and Media, the Capitol Broadcasting Company and Gannett Foundation, is seeking applications from high school students who will be seniors in the 2023-2024 school year and who have expressed a career interest in journalism. The program aims to attract students of varying diversity, including but not limited to religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and gender. The 2023 Chuck Stone Workshop will include virtual classroom study, real-world reporting, newsroom practice, and professional mentors. The workshop will consist of multi-platform storytelling and writing. Twelve participants will be chosen.

The 2023 Chuck Stone Summer Program will be held in person on June 25-28. The application process is open, and the deadline to apply is Friday, March 3rd. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The application consists of the application form below plus:

  • A letter of recommendation from a high school journalism adviser or guidance counselor emailed to
  • Essay (submitted online)
  • High school transcript also emailed to

The program will pay for the following:

Questions? Call 919-389-3486 or email or

Upon admission to the program, please notify directors of any accommodation or dietary needs when submitting completed registration forms.


Attach an essay discussing how your diversity — your religious affiliation, your socio-economic status, your ethnicity or whatever factors you select — contributes to your community’s diversity. (Limit: 500 words)

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