M.S. Van Hecke Award


Returning graduate students and juniors in the MJ-school are eligible for a $2,500 award and summer business journalism internship.

The M.S. Van Hecke Award and Internship in business journalism are an excellent opportunity for students interested in a career in business journalism.

The winners will receive a summer internship on the business desk of The Charlotte Observer. The award is meant to pay the winner’s expenses during that internship. The winners are expected to take “MEJO 542: Business Reporting” in the spring semester prior to the internship – if they have not already taken the course.

Van Hecke is a 1948 graduate of the school who began his career with the New Bern Sun-Journal and Kinston Daily Free Press. His 34 years with The Charlotte Observer earned him the respect of North Carolina’s business leaders, journalists and newspaper readers. He covered Charlotte’s rise from a state banking center to one of the South's most important business hubs. In addition to his work as a business editor, he served as city editor, state editor and news editor at the Observer.

The Charlotte Observer is one of the Southeast’s best newspapers. As part of the Knight-Ridder chain, the Observer and its business desk write about stories and issues that have a national impact. The paper covers two of the world’s largest banks – Bank of America and Wachovia – and other large corporations. Charlotte is home to a number of Fortune 500 companies.

Please contact Chris Roush for more information.