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Digital training for journalists sets Kiplinger Program record

2015 Fellowship lab

More than 1,800 journalists, educators, communicators and students benefited from Kiplinger Program training during the past year – a record level of impact.

To supplement the weeklong Kiplinger Fellowship on Ohio State’s main campus, the program took its training on the road to reach large audiences at national and regional journalism conferences. In addition, journalists from around the world now learn about new digital tools and tactics from the program’s redesigned website and social media channels.

A total of 1,860 journalists, educators and students received Kiplinger Program training that reached from San Antonio, Texas, and Bennington, Vermont all the way to Kampala, Uganda. Through its partnership with the Society of Professional Journalists, the program co-sponsored and led training at JournCamp workshops in Miami, Florida, and New York City. Kiplinger trainers also presented sessions and hands-on training at national conferences hosted by Investigative Reporters and Editors, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, National Association of Science Writers, American Agriculture Editors Association and SPJ.

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Kiplinger ‘fellowship’ never ends for this gang


Class of 1993 Fellows Ron Parker, Julie Truck Tatge, Dwayne Bray, Rebecca Theim, Marty Gonzalez, George Estrada, Tom Kertscher, Beth Bragg Henon and professor Mike Masterson.

The year that changed everything for eight journalists lives on in a jumpy analog videotape with a bad ’90s soundtrack.

A woman stands through an open limousine sunroof as her seven classmates quaff champagne at her feet. The group mug pictures with Sam Donaldson and Geraldo Rivera. One raps about Ira Hackey, Bob Woodward and Pabst Blue Ribbon.

The video snapshot, with its big hair and bigger shoulder pads, recaps the more waggish moments of the 1993 Kiplinger Fellowship, at that time a one-year graduate program for mid-career journalists at Ohio State University.

That year, Fellow Ron Parker deadpanned about one day visiting his fellow Kippers in their mansions, maybe every five years or so.

No one ever got a mansion. But the group remained so tight that they did reunite the next year, and the next, and nearly every year since.

“We’ve centered reunions around weddings, 25th wedding anniversaries, babies being born, job changes, political campaigns that we were working” — nearly 20 gatherings in all, said Fellow Beth Bragg Henon. “Not a month goes by that I don’t touch base with one of them. I get chill bumps just saying that.”

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