Society of Professional Journalists/LA Announces 2010 Scholarship Winners

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has awarded scholarships to six students at colleges and universities in Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange counties.

The winners are:

**Ken Inouye Scholarship: $1,000 awarded to a journalist of color and aimed at increasing ethnic diversity in newsrooms.

Yazmin Cruz: Cruz is a journalism student at Cal State University, Northridge and is spending an extra year in school to serve as the editor-in-chief of the student-run Daily Sundial. Cruz is the first of her family to go to college. She is fluent in Spanish and has also worked for the student-run Spanish publication, El Nuevo Sol.

** Helen Johnson Memorial Scholarship – Two $500 scholarships awarded to students pursuing broadcast and multimedia journalism.

Natalie Yemenidjian: Yemenidjian is a student at Pierce College and interns at KPCC, where she has produced multimedia pieces for KPCC’s website. She was also one of the student founders of, Pierce College’s first Internet radio station. She has interned at the Glendale News-Press/Burbank Leader, and served as editor-in-chief of the student-run Bull Magazine and Roundup Newspaper.

Regina Graham: Graham is a graduate of Spelman College and will be attending USC as a journalism graduate student in the fall. She was a CNN Summer Trainee, where she worked in CNN’s Newsource department and currently works as a freelance assignment coordinator. She was an anchor for Morehouse College’s TV news station, and also has written for the student-run newspaper, The Maroon Tiger.

** Carl Greenberg Memorial Scholarship – $1000 awarded to a student pursuing investigative or political reporting.

Ariel Edwards-Levy: Edwards-Levy is a student at USC majoring in journalism and political science who has shown a strong interest in political reporting. She has worked at the student-run Daily Trojan, where she served as a staff writer and city editor. She has also expanded her skills to radio and online as a  reporter at the Annenberg Radio News.

** Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship – Two $500 scholarships awarded to two students who demonstrate a strong intent to pursue a career in journalism.

Derrick Taruc: Taruc is a student at Cal Poly Pomona majoring in communications with an emphasis in journalism. Since transferring from Mt. San Antonio College, Derrick has wasted no time pursuing his goals to becoming a magazine writer. He’s a writer for the student newspaper, the Poly Post, and the student-run magazine, Title Magazine.

Jiyoon Jane Yu: Yu is a graduate of UCLA and will be attending Northwestern University for her master’s in journalism this fall. She entered college as a pre-med, but became a communications major after discovering her passion for writing and reporting. Yu has written for Korean newspapers on both sides of the Pacific, as a reporter for The Korea Daily in Los Angeles and as an intern at the Chosun Ilbo Newsper in Seoul.

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