LIN Media (NYSE: TVL), a local multimedia company, today announced Cozetta Smith as the recipient of its 2012 Minority Broadcast Scholarship and Training Program and Gloria So as the recipient of its 2012 Minority Digital Scholarship and Training Program. Ms. Smith is a junior majoring in Broadcast Journalism Television: Writing and Production at Columbia College Chicago, the largest and most diverse private, nonprofit arts and media college in the nation. In addition to excelling in her academic career, Ms. Smith is committed to giving back to her community and is currently serving as president of the Chicago chapter of Jewels, Inc., a mentoring program for urban youth. Through LIN Media’s Minority Broadcast Scholarship and Training Program, Ms. Smith will earn hands-on broadcast training through a paid summer 2012 internship program at WANE-TV, the Company’s local CBS affiliate in Ft. Wayne, IN. Ms. So is a junior at Elon University, a private liberal arts university in North Carolina, majoring in Communications, Human Services. Over the past few years, Ms. So has built an impressive portfolio that utilizes the latest interactive technologies and digital media to inform and inspire. Ms. So will continue to advance her career in digital media through a paid summer 2012 internship at WOOD-TV, the Company’s local NBC affiliate in Grand Rapids, MI. In addition to the internships, both students will each receive a two-year scholarship for up to ten thousand dollars ($10,000) per year, which can be used towards tuition, fees, books, and room and board. “While the media industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace, our scholarship and internship program furthers our commitment to attracting future leaders and promoting diversity in the workplace,” said Vincent L. Sadusky, president and chief executive officer of LIN Media. "Our recipients have high aspirations and we are pleased to provide them with an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and experience."
LIN Media has been awarding two-year scholarships to ambitious students interested in a wide spectrum of fields in or relating to broadcast television since 1998. In 2011, LIN Media expanded its Minority Scholarship and Training Program to include a new two-year scholarship and internship for multicultural students pursuing a career in digital media.LIN Media's Minority Scholarship and Training Program is an integral part of the Company's strategy to strengthen its talent base and deepen connections within its local communities by building on the cultural diversity of its workforce. Students are selected for the program based on various criteria, including academic achievement, passion for broadcasting and digital mediums, as well as a strong desire to contribute to the overall advancement of the industry. About LIN Media LIN Media is a local multimedia company that operates or services 32 network affiliates, more than 50 television and niche web sites, and a growing suite of mobile products. The Company's strategic investments focus on emerging media and interactive technologies that deliver measurable results to advertisers. LIN TV Corp. is traded on the NYSE under the symbol "TVL".