Category Archives: Fellowships

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!

Summer Institute on Political Journalism

The Summer 2017 Institute on Political Journalism in Washington, DC, is now acception applications. The program includes:

  • Undergraduate academic credit from George Mason University
  • Internship placement with an organization in the Washington, DC Metro Area
  • Fully furnished on-campus housing in the heart of Washington, DC

Nominate a Top Student Today

Faculty can also nominate students for special scholarship consideration. The institute awards close to a million dollars annually and preference is given to nominated students. For more information visit www.DCinternships.org/Nominate.

 More information on the institute programs may be found at www.DCinternships.org/IPJ. For questions, contact Mary Stankus, director of recruitment and admissions, at mstankus@tfas.org or 202.986.0384.

Journalism + Communications Internships – the Ultimate DC Experience!

 Institute on Political Journalism

June 3 – July 28, 2017

Early Application Deadline: December 6, 2016 – 5% tuition discount

Spend your summer in Washington, DC and prepare for your future! The 8-week program allows students to intern in the fields of journalism, public relations and communication while earning academic credit.

Live: Each year, Washington, DC attracts many journalism student interns who are all passionate about politics, getting the story straight and learning the ins and outs of the news business.

You will live just blocks from the national monuments, State Department and White House on the campus of George Washington University. Fully furnished housing and roommate matching is provided as part of our comprehensive program.

 Learn: Earn course credit while you intern! You will earn 3 to 9 academic credits this summer. Our unique curriculum is designed to complement your DC experience with upper level ethics, government and economics courses. Academic course credit is provided through George Mason University and taught by top rated faculty from GMU and other top local universities.

Intern: A journalism or communications internship is one of the most important investments you can make in your future. Based on your interests and skills, you will be placed in an internship in the Washington, DC area.  We have been creating academic internship experiences for over 45 years and work with over 300 top organizations in DC.

  • Internship placements include:
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • TV and radio stations
  • Online publications
  • News Services
  • PR and communication firms

 Connect: Who you know does matter – especially when it comes to your future job search. Our comprehensive program is designed so you can make valuable professional connections with working journalists and practice your networking skills in a real-world setting.

 We offer a number of networking opportunities to enhance your internship experience and maximize your time in DC:

  • Mentor Program with DC media and PR professionals
  • Roundtable Discussions & Networking Receptions
  • Site Briefings at Key Washington Institutions including the National Press Club and Capitol Hill

Make plans for your summer! Visit www.DCinternships.org/IPJ to begin an online application today. Apply by the early deadline of December 6 to receive priority admissions and scholarship consideration as well as a 5% tuition discount.

 SCHOLARSHIPS

We strive to make the programs accessible and affordable to the best and brightest students regardless of financial status. Scholarship awards are granted based on need and merit with over 70% of students receiving full or partial funding.

 Questions may be directed to admissions@tfas.org or 202.986.0384.

Fellowship, Mother Jones magazine

Mother Jones Ben Bagdikian Fellowship Program

Accepting applications for December 2016

 Mother Jones is currently accepting applications for its prestigious Ben Bagdikian Fellowship Program, with openings in San Francisco and New York City. This is a full- time opportunity, starting in December 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 EPA; and 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 December 2016 fellowship are due October 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 position, eligibility, and how to apply, visit http://www.motherjones.com/about/ben-bagdikian-fellowship-program

Research project director, Columbia Journalism School

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School 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.

Interested applicants can apply here; application deadline is September 25.

Please reach out to towcenter@columbia.edu if you have any questions!