Category Archives: Fellowships

LGBTQ Journalists offer academic, convention scholarships

CONNECT: Student Journalism Projects

NLGJA’s, the Association of LGBTQ Journalists’, CONNECT: Student Journalism Project provides real-world experience and professional connections at NLGJA’s National Convention for 12 students across the country who are considering a career in journalism.

 This year’s National Convention is at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Sept. 7-10, 2017.

NLGJA covers student expenses including airfare, food and accommodations.

Applicants do not need to be a member of NLGJA or a member of the LGBTQ community to apply. NLGJA accepts applicants from all disciplines, departments and majors.

Aarons and Longcope Scholarships 

NLGJA offers annual scholarships to students hoping to pursue a journalism career.

The Kay Longcope Scholarship Award

For 2017-2018 academic year will provide up to $3,000 tuition assistance to an LGBTQ student of color who plans a career in journalism and is committed to furthering NLGJA’s mission of fair and accurate coverage of the LGBTQ community.

The Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award

For the 2017-2018 academic year will provide up to $5,000 in tuition funding to an LGBTQ student who plans a career in journalism and is committed to furthering NLGJA’s mission of fair and accurate coverage of the LGBTQ community.

Applications for CONNECT and Scholarships are due May 31, 2017. 

Apply at www.nlgja.org.

 For more information on NLGJA and our student opportunities please visit www.nlgja.org. Please contact Sachelle Brooks (sachelle@nlgja.org) with any questions or concerns.

Fulbright fellowship in Berlin

The Berlin Capital Program (Nov. 12 – 19, 2017), organized by the Fulbright Commission Berlin, invites young American journalists and students of journalism to Germany to participate in a seminar which informs participants about current developments in German media and politics. The program will be conducted in English and is fully funded by the Fulbright Commission

 For the purpose of a better understanding of transatlantic issues and for promoting professional and academic networks between Germany and the U.S., this intensive program offers American journalists the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the political, economic and cultural environment in Germany/Europe with a special focus on the German media landscape and the role of media in politics and society.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be . . .

  • a U.S. young professional journalist, currently employed by U.S. media in the U.S., with fewer than 5 years of work experience in the field
  • or a Master’s student in the field of journalism or communications at a U.S. university
  • or a graduating senior in the field of journalism or communications at a U.S. university
  • demonstrate relevant background and professional interest
  • U.S. citizenship is mandatory. Dual citizenship holders with German citizenship are not eligible
  • permanently reside in the U.S. and have a valid U.S.-American passport

 The award benefits include program costs including round-trip transportation from the U.S. to Germany and back, hotel accommodation (single rooms, incl. breakfast), several meals, local transportation and health insurance coverage during the seminar.

The full program description and the application documents can be accessed on our Fulbright website

 Applications are welcome until July 3, 2017.

Emma Bowen Foundation Fellowship Program

Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media – Emma Bowen Foundation Fellowship Program

The Emma Bowen Foundation is building a more diverse media industry. We recruit promising students of color and place them in multi-year paid internships at some of the nation’s leading media and technology companies, provide the media and tech industries with a pipeline of young talent and emerging leadership, and advocate for best practices in diverse hiring, retention, and advancement.

We believe that diversity is important in all aspects of the media industry, from the correspondents in front of the camera to the media sales departments bringing in revenue to the coders and engineers who are changing the way we access and understand content, and prepare our students for careers in the Business of Media, Content of Media, and Innovation of Media.

Whether you’re interested in being a producer, a journalist, a web developer, an engineer, a business executive, a PR agent, or in any other career in the media or tech industry, the Emma Bowen Fellowship is here to help you get your start.

If selected, you will have the opportunity to develop valuable skills and network with industry professionals each summer during college. Not only will you earn a salary, but you will have the opportunity to get additional money to pay for college expenses.

DO YOU QUALIFY?

You are welcome to apply for an Emma Bowen Fellowship if you:

Are a student of color (African-American, Asian-American, Latino, or Native American)
Are a graduating high school senior OR college student
Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
Are interested in pursuing a career in the media industry
Plan to attend or are currently a student at a four-year accredited college or university
Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Speak and write English fluently

How To Apply:  http://www.emmabowenfoundation.com/application_info
Applications accepted until May 12.

Fellowships at Mother Jones (San Francisco, D.C.)

Mother Jones is currently accepting applications for its prestigious Ben Bagdikian Fellowship Program, with openings in San Francisco and D.C. This is a full-time opportunity, starting in June and lasting six months, with the possibility of an additional six-month extension.

Investigating a private prison from the inside. Tailing candidates on the campaign trail.

Sifting through public records and scrutinizing massive data sets. Tracking gun violence.

Mother Jones is breaking news and creating first-rate investigative journalism for 9 million readers a month. Behind that award-winning reporting—and sometimes in front of it—are the journalists-in-training, deep in the trenches and making sure everything we publish is honest, accurate, and bulletproof.

Mother Jones fellows dig deep into our hard-hitting investigations as fact-checkers, soak up research chops and digital skills, and learn how a nonprofit news business hums. They comb archives and spreadsheets while immersed full time in collaborative projects. Mother Jones is better for it, and at the end of their time in our newsroom MoJo fellows are armed with all the tools of the journalism trade—tools they’ve been paid to learn.

Fellows work closely with top-notch editors, penning pieces about a transgender inmate risking everything to protest mistreatment in jail; digging into Black Lives Matter’s influence on political candidates; illuminating sexual harassment allegations at the EPAand exposing the failures of abstinence-only education. Many recent alumni of the program have been hired as MoJo staff, while others have gone on to work at outlets like the New York Times, Foreign Policy, BuzzFeed, Politico, and Wired.

 Applications for our June 2017 fellowship are due April 1. Mother Jones believes that a diverse team makes our work better. We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. To learn more about the fellowship positions, eligibility, and how to apply, visit http://www.motherjones.com/about/ben-bagdikian-fellowship-program

American University Washington Semester Program

American University in D.C. offers a Washington Semester Program for fall, spring and summer terms.

The program focuses on three key ingredients to help your students develop the skills and contacts to find their chosen career.

First, the program offers a seminar course that takes the students around Washington to talk to more than 30 innovators who describe how the profession is changing and where they might fit in.  Speakers include the Washington Post’s managing editor for digital news, and NBC’s Washington bureau chief, as well as reporters and editors at USA Today, Slate and BuzzFeed. We also talk to key communicators at advocacy groups, in political communication and at PR agencies.

 Second, students are sent all over Washington to report on stories and interview sources under the tutelage of an experienced news writer and author.

 And third, the program helps students find professional internships.  Just in the past year, our students have worked at NBC, ABC-7, the Columbus Dispatch Washington Bureau, the Smithsonian Channel, PolitiFact, and an assortment of communications offices both on and off Capitol Hill.  As I am sure you well know, landing a job these days requires professional internships and a network of contacts.  That’s our specialty, and my alumni Facebook page attests to the accomplishments of our past students.

For more information visit: http://www.american.edu/spexs/washingtonsemester/ . For specific questions about Journalism and New Media, contact Gil Klein at gklein@american.edu. For general questions about the Washington Semester Program, contact washsem@american.edu.

Ida B. Wells Fellowship

Named after the pioneering African-American investigative reporter, the Ida B. Wells Fellowship was launched to promote diversity in journalism by helping to create a pipeline of investigative reporters of color.

The Ida B. Wells Fellowship provides four reporters each year with a $10,000 stipend and access to an Investigative Fund editor who will advise them throughout the process of producing their first substantial work of investigative reporting. The one-year fellowship also covers travel and other reporting costs associated with the project and the costs of attending the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors conference. Each fellow will enjoy access to research resources, legal counsel, professional mentoring, and assistance with story placement.

The fellowship is a one-time educational opportunity and is non-renewable. Journalists of color are strongly encouraged to apply, as are other reporters who believe their presence would contribute to diversifying the field of investigative reporting. The fellowship is open to entry-level or mid-career journalists, recent journalism school graduates, journalism students or journalism interns, as well as reporters in other fields seeking to pivot to investigative reporting. Applicants may be freelance or on the staff of a media organization.

The deadline for the 2017 application is March 1. On January 31, at 12 noon Eastern, the Investigative Fund will hold a Google Hangout to answer questions about applying. Visit the url below for details and answers to FAQs.

We are looking for reporters:

  • With great story ideas, a passion for holding the powerful accountable, an appetite for digging.
  • With the demonstrated ability to produce a narrative feature for print or broadcast.
  • Who would relish the opportunity to closely collaborate with editors.
  • Who are persistent, detail-oriented, and organized enough to complete a major project on deadline.

Winners will be notified in May and announced in June. Fellows are required to publish or air their projects in a U.S. media outlet within the fellowship year.

The Investigative Fund incubates and supports important investigative stories with the potential for social impact, which are published in a wide variety of print, broadcast, and online outlets. Investigative Fund projects have won some of journalism’s top awards, including the Emmy, the Polk, the National Magazine Award, the Scripps Howard Award, the IRE Medal, and the Hillman Prize.

A nonprofit media center, The Nation Institute is dedicated to strengthening the independent press and advancing social justice and civil rights. Its programs include The Investigative Fund; a bestselling book imprint, Nation Books; the syndicated website TomDispatch; the Victor S. Navasky Internship Program; and Journalism Fellowships that support dozens of reporters every year.

For more information, see www.theinvestigativefund.org/about/2219/ida_b._wells_fellowship

Opportunities at Tow Center for Digital Journalism

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School has a number of research opportunities in the near term:

1) GRANTS: Call for Research Applications for Spring 2017 Fellowships |Apply here | Deadline Nov 15

The Tow Center has opened a call for new research project proposals for its four major areas of inquiry: Computation, Algorithms and Automated Journalism; Data, Metrics and Impact; Audiences and Engagement; Experimental Journalism, Models and Practice. With this new cohort, Tow has a particular interest in the following topics: business models within the news industry, advertising and journalism, branded content, bots, artificial intelligence, and audio/podcasting. Learn more about our research fellowships and how to apply here   .

2) JOB: Project Director – Platforms and Publishers (NYC) | Apply here | Deadline Oct 30

The Tow Center is seeking an Associate Research Scholar to act as the project director for a high profile, multi-year project examining the relationship between news platforms and publishers   . The full job description is attached.

3) JOB: Associate Research Scholar (NYC) | Apply here | Deadline Oct 30

The Tow Center is seeking an Associate Research Scholar to supervise and advise on research projects in digital journalism. Tow’s research initiatives include a combination of field research, workshops, events and published findings in the form academic journal articles & industry white papers. The full job description is attached.

Please share with interested colleagues, students and alumni in your program. Please reach out to towcenter@columbia.edu if you have any questions!