Davin White, a second year master’s student in the P.I. Reed School of Jouranlism at West Virginia University, is the new Ward Neff Fellow for the 2003-2004 academic year.

The fellowship, administered by Dr. Terry Wimmer for the national Society of Professional Journalists, involves creating a daily summary of news about the news and monthly reporting for Quill magazine.

“We are honored to house the Ward Neff scholarship program in the P.I. Reed School of Journalism,”Dean Christine Martin said.”It represents an outstanding opportunity for our students to create and practice great journalism.”

White, an undergraduate of the school, most recently served as editor of The Daily Athenaeum. He is a native of Fairmont. He also interned as a news writer at the Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram and as a communications intern at the West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation. This summer, he will intern as a sports writer at The Charleston Gazette.

The annual fellowship provides the chosen SOJ graduate student with a stipend of $17,500, including $2,000 for a fall 2003 Society of Professional Journalists conference in Tampa, Fla. White will replace Gretchen Stone, who served as the school’s first Warden-Neff scholar during the 2002-03 school year. Her tenure will end in August.

White will be responsible for researching Press Notes prepared for SPJ and posted on the organization’s Web site (www.spj.org). White will search for news stories dealing with journalism ethics, broadcasting, public relations, print media and advertising from various local and national sources. These stories will then be compiled, summarized, cited and packaged to produce an interactive listing of daily stories for the Web site.

“This fellowship has been a wonderful opportunity for the school to build greater industry contacts nationally,”Wimmer said.