The Student Press Law Center announced Jan. 8 the creation of the LouisIngelhart Journalism Internship at the SPLC.
Ingelhart, journalismprofessor emeritus at Ball State University and a former Student Press LawCenter board member, died of complications from pneumonia Jan. 7 at BallMemorial Hospital in Muncie, Ind. He was 86.
Ingelhart was regardedby many as the first professional advocate for the free press rights of highschool and college journalists. From his years as a high school studentnewspaper editor in the 1930s to being a high school and college media adviserand scholar, Ingelhart was known throughout the nation as someone who caredabout student journalism and the ability of students to make their publicationstheir own. He served on the SPLC board from virtually the organization’sfounding until becoming a board member emeritus in 2000.
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SPLCView: No one has had a bigger impact on student press freedom or the successof the SPLC than Dr. Ingelhart. When the Center was struggling in the early1980s, he was one of a small group that pledged their support and got pledgesfrom others to keep the Center afloat. He knew how crucial it was to have anational advocate for student journalists in their struggles against censorship.He will be dearly missed.