Applications are open for the 2016 Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition, which awards nine of the country’s top journalists from colleges and universities throughout the country with an all-expenses paid trip to Japan.

Doane alum Alisha Forbes was chosen a few years ago for this honor.

Applications will be accepted until Jan. 13.

The Scripps Howard Foundation, with Indiana University journalism, established the Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition in 1984 to honor the memory of the journalist who led Scripps Howard Newspapers from 1922-1953 and United Press from 1912-1920. Asia was an area of special interest to Howard.

Competition winners will enjoy a nine-day trip to Japan, which includes visits to domestic and international media organizations and cultural landmarks. The group will also tour Buddhist temples in Kyoto and the A-bomb memorial in Hiroshima. Tentative trip dates are May 12-21, 2016.

Click here for more information, including blog posts from past trips.