The Cleveland Jewish News Foundation has received a $15,000 donation that will enable it to fund a 40-week internship in the Cleveland Jewish News editorial department.
The Yoda-Newton Editorial Internship will allow the CJN to have a year-round paid internship program, said Paul J. Singerman, president of the CJN Foundation. The new internship would likely start in September and continue for 40 weeks through the spring, he said.
The CJN Foundation also provides funding to the CJN for three 10-week paid internships that are open to high school and college students during the summer.
The new internship will be financed through the Yoda-Newton Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.
The Yoda-Newton “Share the Luv” philanthropic fund was established through the Federation about 15 years ago as a resource to fund its charitable interests, said a spokesman for Yoda-Newton, who requested anonymity. One area of interest, he said, is to offer college scholarships to economically disadvantaged high school seniors, enabling them to further their education and better their lives.
“Paul Singerman was familiar with our desire to help support education in the younger generation,” the spokesman said. “So when he approached us, we thought this fit within the areas of our philanthropic desires.”
Singerman said criteria for the new internship would be determined by Kevin S. Adelstein, publisher and CEO of the CJN and president of the Cleveland Jewish Publication Company, and Bob Jacob, managing editor of the CJN. But he said it’s likely there will be four interns, each serving a 10-week period at the CJN.
“I think this is much more important for the interns than it is for the Cleveland Jewish News,” Singerman said. “The CJN is providing a community service to give young people an opportunity to become introduced to journalism and build a resume and a portfolio.”
Through the internship, high school or college students will be involved in all aspects of the news-gathering process and will have an opportunity to pitch and write stories for all CJN platforms and publications, just like the professional staff.
“The generosity and commitment displayed here by the Yoda-Newton Foundation is a direct correlation to one of the three principles of the CJN Foundation,” Adelstein said in a statement. “This significant donation will further support a program which will continue to create hands-on newsroom experiences and build future Jewish media professionals for numerous students, and connecting each of them to the Jewish community.”
The three principles of the CJN Foundation, Singerman said, are:
• To create a digital archive of the CJN and all of the Cleveland Jewish newspapers that preceded it and to establish an endowment of that archive so it’s free and open to the public;
• To provide internship opportunities for young people, particularly at the CJN;
• To provide public education opportunities and a speaker series.
Yoda-Newton has committed to funding the internship for one year, but Singerman said he hopes it can be increased to five years.
“What the Yoda-Newton fund has said is, ‘Let’s see how the first year goes, and we’ll consider (a five-year commitment),’” he said.
The CJN Foundation also provides financial support to the CJN for the Irving I. Stone and Violet Spevack editorial internships and the Nina and Norman Wain Advertising Internship, all to be served for 10 weeks during the summer.
In 2015, following the retirement of longtime CJN columnist Spevack, the CJN Foundation introduced an additional internship open to local high school and college students.