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Gift from Journalist Robert Bailyn Establishes Scholarship and Internship in FAU’s School of Communication
BOCA RATON, FL (April 11, 2008) – An initial gift of $50,000 from former Palm Beach Post editor Robert Bailyn has been made to the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. Named in honor of his wife, the Inez Persson Bailyn Scholarship and Internship Endowment will benefit one female multimedia studies or print journalism major each year with financial assistance and the possibility of an internship at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Candidates must present a strong cumulative grade point average and demonstrate an enthusiasm for the field of communications.
Married for more than 56 years, Robert and Inez Bailyn, both accomplished journalists, have lived in suburban Lake Worth, Florida since 1998. A pioneer in a profession once dominated by men, Inez is an inspiration to generations of women journalists. It was in her native country of Sweden that she got her start as a reporter. Drawn to the profession, Inez left her farm home, just 100 miles from the Arctic Circle, for the port city of Gavle in east central Sweden to apprentice for the newspaper Gavle Dagblad. Her drive, talent for writing and ability to converse in six languages earned her the distinction of being the first woman reporter at the newspaper.
Four years later, Inez was on her way to the United States to take part in an international fellowship program for journalists at the University of Michigan. Yet again, Inez became a groundbreaker as the first woman to take part in that program. While at the University of Michigan, she met Robert Bailyn, a graduate student in journalism. The two eventually married. Their wedding was in Grand Haven, Michigan, and in true reporter-style, Inez was back at her job covering the police and court beat for the Grand Haven Tribune the very next day.
Robert’s career has spanned every facet of journalism. Following military service, Robert took a news editor position with the Transcript-Telegram in Holyoke, Massachusetts. That marked the beginning of a stellar editorial career that, over the years, took Robert to media outlets in Michigan, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Alabama. From 1979 to 1981, he was editor of the Palm Beach Post’s South Palm Beach County daily edition. He continues to be a vital part of his industry as a professor and visiting lecturer. An adjunct professor on FAU’s faculty for nine years, Robert was instrumental in launching FAU’s fledgling multimedia journalism curriculum.
“The Multimedia Studies program is fortunate that Bob Bailyn decided to round out his successful career by sharing his skills with aspiring journalists,” said Dr. Susan Reilly, director of FAU’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies.
This gift to the University is a symbol of Robert and Inez Bailyn’s long-time dedication to their profession and provides Robert with an opportunity to pay tribute to Inez and her career. “It is a gift that continues beyond us. Years from now, a new generation of women will enter the field and benefit from the Inez Persson Bailyn Endowment,” said Robert Bailyn. “There is no better way to honor my bride and her contributions as a pioneer woman journalist.”
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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts ten colleges: College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.