BETHANY, W.Va. -- Mike King, Bethany College Assistant Professor of Communication, has been awarded a $20,000 fellowship with the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE).

King, along with 20 other college professors, will participate in their Institute for Journalism Excellence Program this summer.

He will spend a week in Washington, D.C., attending a convention for journalism professors designed to provide the latest advancements in the newspaper industry. He will also spend six weeks working as a reporter at the Grand Forks Herald in Grand Rapids, N.D.

The ASNE Fellowship has existed for nearly 20 years and its funds were created by the James Knight Ridder Non-Profit Organization. The fellowship's purpose is to give educators the opportunity to gain experience working for a daily newspaper.

King said, "This is a tremendous opportunity. I feel like a rookie going to the World Series and winning."

King stated he is looking forward to making contacts within ASNE and Knight-Ridder to set-up internship opportunities and job contacts for his students.

King joined the Bethany College faculty in 2003 and serves as the adviser to the Communication Department's Student Publications Center.

Communication Department Chair, Dr. Patrick Sutherland, said, "Mike has brought a great deal of solid print and radio journalism experience to our program at Bethany. We're proud of his being awarded this prestigious fellowship by ASNE."

Founded in 1922, the American Society of Newspaper Editors is open to directing editors of daily newspapers and those who are directly involved with developing material for daily newspapers.