Although William & Mary has no communications program, there are many William & Mary students interested in journalism as a potential career path. The Charles Center is dedicated to providing opportunities for students to gain experience in journalism and writing for a public audience through a number of different intitatives.
The Sharp Seminar, established with a generous gift from Anne and Barry Sharp, is a Charles Center intitiative that includes a close collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. The program pairs Pulitzer Center-sponsored journalists with William & Mary students invited by faculty to apply to the program. The goal of the initiative is to provide students with the opportunity to learn how to communicate to a broad audience about topics that they have studied and care deeply about. William & Mary provides students with many opportunities to write as scholars for other scholars; this course is designed to help students improve their ability to write as citizens for other citizens.
Students interested in gaining practical journalism experience in the summer can apply for the Grimsley Fellowship for Journalism. Each year the Charles Center will award one $3,000 fellowship to a student doing an unpaid internship in journalism.
Thanks to the generosity of Connie and Mason Sizemore, the Charles Center is able to offer undergraduate travel and gradute study funds for journalism. The Sizemore Journalism Travel Fund is used to support undergrduate student travel to conduct interviews and to meet other costs associated with research for journalism projects. Applicants for the Sizemore Fellowship for Graduate Study in Journalism must be graduating seniors who plan to enroll in a graduate school of journalism in the fall, with the recipient receiving a $17,500 award.