The ASBPE Educational Foundation is honored to present its fifth Business Journalism Scholarship to Emily Dreibelbis, a graduate student at the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University in Chicago. She was awarded the $2,500 scholarship by the Foundation, which has supported excellence and education in business-to-business media since 2007.
Dreibelbis, who earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Columbia University, came to the field of journalism after seven years of working in business and technology on the West Coast, most recently as a product manager at Amazon for six years.
“Making the switch to a new industry where I can use my background to enhance my reporting has been immensely gratifying,” she says.
This summer, she is doing an editorial fellowship at PC Magazine (PCMag), where she’ll be rotating around the News, Features and Product reviews teams and publishing regularly. Using her supply chain knowledge, she is also freelancing for B2B publications.
“I’m not sure what’s after that yet, but I’m excited to explore opportunities,” Dreibelbis says. “I’m so grateful to Medill and the ASBPE Educational Foundation for their support of my journey.”
Abe Peck, director of business-to-business communications at Medill, partnered with past Foundation president Roy Harris and Foundation president Amy Fischbach to launch the scholarship program in 2018. Dreibelbis is in Peck’s class this summer as part of the one-year graduate program.
“Even before taking this summer’s Inside B2B Media class with me, Emily’s curiosity has her freelancing for two B2B publications and interning with PC Magazine,” says Peck, executive editor of the B2B magazine Inside Unmanned Systems. “Her six years of experience with Amazon prior to enrolling in Medill’s master’s program will enrich the class’s collaboration with a real-world partner.”
Past scholarship recipients include Tyler Sonnemaker (2018-2019), Andrew Weiler (2019-2020) and Bryce Jones and Gabriela Rodriguez (2020-2021).
Fischbach, president of the ASBPE Educational Foundation, remembers when she earned a scholarship from the Kansas City Press Club, which allowed her to study journalism at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. She is thrilled that the ASBPE Foundation Business Journalism Scholarship now grants a scholarship opportunity to graduate students at Medill. In addition, she appreciates the generous donations to the scholarship fund from donors, Peck and Harris, and a multiyear investment from ASBPE in the program.
“It is an honor to support up-and-coming B2B media leaders with the ASBPE Foundation Business Journalism Scholarship,” says Fischbach, field editor for T&D World magazine. “The Foundation values our relationship with Medill and appreciates everything the school has done to educate the next generation of B2B media journalists.”
Note: To support the educational mission of the ASBPE Educational Foundation, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the 501(c)(3). If you have any questions about the Foundation programs or the scholarship program at Medill, please email Amy Fischbach.