Category Archives: Fellowships

Summer media fellowship in NYC

IRTS SUMMER FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
June 3 – August 4, 2018

APPLICATIONS DUE: SUNDAY, DEC. 3 (Midnight Eastern Standard Time)

Eligible students have the chance to participate in an exciting media industry internship in New York City that includes travel, accommodations and an allowance!

Students must be college juniors, seniors, or graduate students as of April 2018.

Students selected for this highly competitive program learn about opportunities throughout the media industry, in addition to interning at a specific company where skills are matched to a corresponding area of our business. Accomplished students from all majors (including math, liberal arts, computer science, business, marketing, communications, etc.) are encouraged to apply.

The IRTS Summer Fellowship Program has had a key role in launching the careers of top professionals in the media business for more than 45 years.

For detailed eligibility information and to learn more click here: 2018 IRTS SUMMER FELLOWSHIP DETAILS.

APPLY NOW: 2018 FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION

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Podcasting fellowship

Students interested in political communication, podcast journalism, youth political engagement, sociology and international relations are invited to apply by Oct. 2 to be one of two Palestinian American Youth Civic Engagement Fellows.  

The PAYCE Civic Podcasting Fellows complete a significant audio project in civic storytelling and podcast production.

Learn how to tell and help others tell stories about how young people do politics. Create podcasts on stories about politics, rights, civic engagement and more as part of PAYCE, a binational curriculum initiative to foster deeper understanding of youth civic engagement.

PAYCE offers up to three students on campus the opportunity to serve as PAYCE Fellows in Podcast Storytelling for Civic Engagement.  Work with students from six U.S. and Palestinian campuses.  You will learn about young adult civic engagement, audio storytelling, and audio editing with Audacity software.  The site of the workshop, Drake University, is nationally and internationally recognized as an important location for citizen political engagement. Must be available J Term 2018 and for a Tuesday late afternoon class Spring 2018. Before you apply, please carefully review details about the PAYCE program below. Questions can be directed to darcie.vandegrift@drake.edu.

PAYCE Civic Podcasting Fellow Requirements:

  • Participate in up to 10 hours of virtual exchange in November and December 2017. Includes two real time video conferences, discussion boards, listening and reading preparation, and email exchanges.
  • Attend workshop Jan. 4-19, 2018 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa (USA) with university students from four U.S. campuses and two Palestinian campuses. Expenses paid and independent study credit available.
  • Mentor peers on your campus within a faculty course in Spring 2018. Use the skills learned in workshop back on your campus. Work with campus faculty and Drake faculty to help your peers tell stories about civic engagement and politics in your city. Your work will contribute to an international curriculum on young adults and civic engagement. PAYCE Fellows will be expected to have availability to work intensively with peers in a university course during spring 2018; the commitment will involve approximately 30 hours over a period of three to five weeks during the semester. Ideally, Scholars will also enroll in the course of the participating faculty.
  • OPTIONAL: Invited for summer institute June 19-23. The PAYCE summer institute will gather faculty and students to discuss curriculum implementation and plan strategy for future civic engagement initiatives. Scholars selected to attend will be invited and have expenses paid by the program. This is not required.

Desired qualifications and characteristics:

  • Ability to arrive on time and stay until the end of the workshop. Willingness to implement the curriculum with on-campus faculty member in spring 2018
  • Interest in and knowledge of how young adults (age 15-30) participate in advocacy, politics, social issues, and other forms of civic engagement
  • Previous experience with Audacity or similar audio editing (desired but not necessary)
  • Interest in listening to other young adult experiences and telling stories about them
  • Interest in comparing Palestinian and American political systems and how young adults interact with them
  • Respectful of others’ opinions
  • Takes initiative, works collaboratively and independently
  • Good English comprehension
  • Excellent ability to provide and receive feedback
  • Willingness to become knowledgeable of the workshop goals and objectives.
  • Confidence to ask clarifying questions to ensure a successful creation of audio podcasts

As a scholar, you will receive:

  • Opportunity to develop meaningful connections with students and faculty from Palestinian and American Universities
  • Learn about a typical and significant U.S. site for studying American politics where the U.S. presidential race begins (Des Moines, Iowa)
  • Skills in interviewing, audio editing, crafting clear stories, supervising projects.
  • All expenses paid for travel and costs related to workshop
  • Possible independent study college credit (3 hours) from their home campus.
  • Connection with a transnational network of peer tutors working together in Spring 2018 and Summer 2018.

How to Apply

October 2 deadline. To apply, send resume, including one academic reference from your campus, and letter of interest detailing qualifications and why you are interested in the PAYCE audio project and civic stories podcast curriculum to Darcie Vandegrift (Darcie.vandegrift@drake.edu).

Fellowship at Mother Jones magazine

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

Tracking the connections between Russia and the Trump administration. Sifting through public records and massive datasets. Reporting on private prisons from the inside. Mother Jones is breaking news and creating first-rate investigative journalism for over 14 million readers a month. Behind that award-winning journalism—and sometimes in front of it—are the journalists-in training who are deep in the trenches, making our reporting honest, meticulous, and bulletproof.

Mother Jones fellows dig deep into our 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 our collaborative projects. Mother Jones is better for it, and at the end of a six-month or yearlong intensive stint, MoJo fellows are armed with all the tools of the journalism trade—tools they’ve gotten 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 candidates for elected office; illuminating sexual harassment allegations at the EPA; and chronicling the aftermath of Trump’s move to end DACA.

Applications for our December 2017 start-date are due October 1. Mother Jones believes that a diverse newsroom strengthens the quality of our workplace and reporting. We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. To learn more about the fellowship position, pay, and how to apply, visit our fellowship page at MotherJones.com.

Social media, PR fellowships with Mother Jones magazine

Mother Jones is currently hiring for two fellowship positions based in San Francisco. Please see below for more information and links to the full job descriptions and application requirements.

 Social Media Fellowship (San Francisco)

Do you find all your news on Twitter? Get a rush from breaking news? Miss GawkerMother Jones is looking for an all-star social media fellow to help keep us current on social platforms, blog for our award-winning website, and enhance our coverage of breaking news. This fellow will work closely with Mother Jones’s digital news team and collaborate alongside seasoned editors and reporters. Aside from helping promote Mother Jones stories, you’ll write your own stories for our website. You’ll also help with web fact-checking and attend regular skill-building sessions covering topics that span the operations of a media organization.

 Full description HERE

Strategic Communications Fellowship (San Francisco)

 You love news, politics, and investigative reporting. You can’t tear yourself away from a great long-form story or a powerful tweetstorm. You know a killer interview when you see one. You’re a smart, hungry emerging professional determined to use your communication talent and skill to make a difference.

 If this sounds right, you might be Mother Jones’ next strategic communications fellow. This fellow will work with Mother Jones’ communications strategist—in collaboration with staff across the organization—to build buzz for Mother Jones investigations and breaking news, increase our impact, and engage with our audience.

The communications fellow will assist in pitching television and radio appearances, building communication with key organizations and influencers, and identifying events and speaking opportunities for MoJo staff. He or she will help plan and promote Mother Jones events and test out new ways to engage with its readers, while also tracking Mother Jones’ impact and helping submit its journalism for prestigious awards.

This is a unique opportunity to learn and practice strategic communications, project management, and audience engagement skills while helping a major investigative reporting organization tell important stories and increase its impact.

Full description HERE

Digital media fellowship, Mother Jones (NYC)

Mother Jones is looking for an all-star digital-media fellow to keep us current on social platforms, and enhance our multimedia coverage of breaking news—especially with snappy, smart video. This fellow will work closely with Mother Jones‘ digital news team in our New York City office. You’ll learn about every aspect of modern online publishing, collaborating with seasoned editors and reporters. You’ll also attend regular skill-building sessions covering topics that span the operations of a media organization.

 Desired Skills:

  • Video editing experience, including familiarity with the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, (especially Premiere)
  • Evidence of hands-on production, including writing for video and shooting in the field
  • Stellar writing ability, as demonstrated by published work
  • Comfort with content management systems
  • A zeal for online news and media
  • A working knowledge of HTML and experience with Photoshop
  • Endless enthusiasm for digital storytelling languages like memes, GIFS, and Vines.
  • Deep familiarity with social media
  • Previous reporting experience a strong plus

 Ideal candidates will have experience working in a fast-paced digital newsroom. We’ll want you to bring some skills to the table: Maybe you’ve got experience as a quick-hit blogger, you’ve worked in social media, or you’ve more-than-dipped your toes in video-editing software. This fellow will work in the New York City office.

Please submit:

  • A cover letter and résumé, including the names and numbers of two references
  • Two videos you have worked on, describing what role you played in their production (i.e. editor, shooter, producer etc.)
  • Two writing samples (links to online versions preferred)

 Please send these materials by end of business, Friday, June 2, 2017, to fellowships@motherjones.com.

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.