EHS awarded Illinois Press Association grant

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

The Illinois First Amendment Center and the Illinois Press Foundation today has awarded more than $33,000 to 27 Illinois schools for their journalism programs. The “mini-grants” were awarded to help pay for computers, cameras and other equipment and materials.

“Journalism programs are essential to the understanding and appreciation of the First Amendment,” said Dennis DeRossett, executive director of the Illinois Press Association, which manages the IFAC and IPF. “As schools cut back on their budgets, journalism programs often take a big hit. This is one way that we can help fill the void left by budget cuts.”

Thirty-six schools applied for grants totaling more than $77,000. “I wish we could fund them all,” said Sue Montalvo, director of the IFAC. “Our committee was diligent in sorting through the requests and stretching the available funds as far as they could go.”

Sixteen of the schools were funded by a grant from the McCormick Foundation in Chicago. Two were funded by a grant from the Chicago Tribune Foundation in Chicago, and nine were funded by the IPF.

Eureka High School was among those receiving the grants.

The Illinois First Amendment Center provides free and low-cost educational materials to schools throughout the U.S. It is housed with the Illinois Press Foundation and the Illinois Press Association in Springfield. The IPA represents the interests of more than 480 Illinois newspapers.