Stanford fellowship for democracy, development

https://cddrl.fsi.stanford.edu/summerfellows

Launched in 2005, the Draper Hills Summer Program (DHSF) is a three-week intensive academic training program that is hosted annually at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. The program brings together a group of 25 to 30 mid-career practitioners in law, politics, government, private enterprise, civil society, and international development from all regions of the world. This training program provides a unique forum for emerging leaders to connect, exchange experiences, and receive academic training to enrich their knowledge and advance their work.

For three weeks during the summer, fellows participate in academic seminars that expose them to the theory and practice of democracy, development, and the rule of law. Delivered by leading Stanford faculty from the Stanford Law School, the Graduate School of Business, and the departments of economics and political science, these seminars allow emerging leaders to explore new institutional models and frameworks to enhance their ability to promote democratic change in their home countries.

Guest speakers from private foundations, think tanks, government, and the justice system provide a practitioners viewpoint on such pressing issues in the field. Summer Fellows also visit Silicon Valley technology firms such as Benetech, Google and Twitter to explore how technology tools and social media platforms are being used to catalyze democratic practices on a global scale. 

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Greenberg World Fellows Program

Each year, the Program selects a diverse cohort of World Fellows to spend four months together in residence at Yale University to grow intellectually, share knowledge, strengthen skills and expand networks.

World Fellows are people of character, integrity, energy and talent. They are dynamic, creative, disruptive and innovative. They are selfless leaders who serve, inspire and motivate others. They have demonstrated impact, they are on the rise in their careers, and they are ambitious to grow to their full potential.

Established in 2002, the Program now has a network of over 300 World Fellows contributing to their communities in 90 countries, connected to each other and to Yale.

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Free Course: The Power of Digital Audio Storytelling: From Podcasts to Voice Assistants

During this four-week course, you’ll gain an understanding of why one of the oldest storytelling forms is having a renaissance thanks to technological changes. We’ll explore the fundamentals of great audio storytelling, podcasting, voice assistants, how to get audio to your audiences, and more.

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Reynolds Journalism Fellowship

https://www.rjionline.org/fellowships

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from individuals and organizations who wish to partner with us on innovative projects that strengthen journalism’s future.

Chosen projects often include devising new strategies or models to solve a problem, building new tools, creating a prototype or advancing a prototype so it’s ready for investment or launch. All projects will be built and implemented in a newsroom within the span of the 8 month fellowship.

Whatever your idea, its benefits should be able to extend to other news organizations and the people who depend on them. You will publish regular updates at rjionline.org to share what you’re learning and how it could benefit news organizations. At the end of your fellowship, you will publish the results and lessons learned from the implementation of your project after it has been tested or utilized in a newsroom.

RJI Fellowships are open to U.S. citizens and news organizations as well as international news outlets. We also welcome proposals from international journalists who plan to partner with U.S.-based news, technology and civil society organizations.

We have three types of RJI Fellowships:

1. Residential

Residential fellowships are designed for individuals who want to collaborate with RJI staff, students and faculty on-site at our institute in Columbia, Missouri. Residential fellows spend eight months on campus at the Missouri School of Journalism to take advantage of the intellectual and technological resources of RJI and the Missouri School of Journalism. Resource examples include access to programmers and app developers, support to conduct market research, and paid students to produce multimedia content.

Your final project — in the form of strategies, products or services — developed from the original idea will be shared with many news and news-related organizations. You must reside in Columbia, Missouri, for the duration of this fellowship. The project can be tested and implemented at one of the Mizzou newsrooms or another newsroom of your choice during your fellowship.WHO QUALIFIES:Anyone above the age of 18START DATE:June 1, 2021DURATION:8 months (two academic semesters)STIPEND:Fellows receive a $10,000 a month stipend and a one-time reimbursement for relocations up to $10,000.APPLICATION DEADLINE:Dec. 18, 2020

2. Nonresidential

Nonresidential fellowships can tackle something you are interested in pursuing on your own or something that could benefit a current employer. You do not need to live in Columbia but you will need to make at least one visit to consult with RJI leadership and staff. Your project will be implemented and tested in the newsroom of your choice during your fellowship.WHO:Anyone above the age of 18START:Starting date is negotiableHOW LONG:8 monthsSTIPEND:Fellows receive a $20,000 stipend, payable quarterly in increments of $5000.APPLICATION DEADLINE:Dec. 18, 2020

3. Institutional

Institutional fellowships are designed to unlock some of the thoughtful, meaningful ideas in your newsroom or company that for various reasons haven’t been able to be explored yet. RJI will collaborate with a leader at your institution or company who can develop the idea and lead a team that will make it a reality. That leader will be named an RJI Fellow but will continue working at his or her job. The stipend for this fellowship will be paid to the company or institution to be used for salary relief for the fellow, or for another purpose that the company or institution determines will best ensure the success of the fellowship project. The project will be implemented and tested at the institution or in a newsroom of their choice during the fellowship.WHO:Managers and executives from institutions or companiesSTART:Starting date is negotiableHOW LONG:8 monthsSTIPEND:Fellow’s institutions receive a $20,000 stipend, payable quarterly in increments of $5000 to the institutionAPPLICATION DEADLINE:Dec. 18, 2020

How to apply

Open the application form at this link.

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Digital Reporter/Editor Job at The World

https://publicmedia.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/WGBH_Careers/job/Boston/Digital-Reporter-Editor_R001035

DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW
The World is a one-hour, nationally distributed weekday radio public affairs program co-produced by GBH and PRX. The show offers a mix of news, features, interviews and music from around the globe, developed specifically for an American audience. The World’s companion website, TheWorld.org, offers a similar mix of news and features along with original analysis, photos, videos, podcasts and interactive graphics that expand on the radio content. The World and TheWorld.org use social media and other relevant tools to maximize audience engagement and enhance the user experience.

JOB OVERVIEW

The Digital Reporter/Editor will be responsible for creating and editing content that appears on The World.org. Among the Digital Reporter/Editor’s responsibilities would be writing Top of The World, The World’s morning newsletter that provides a roundup of the day’s top international news stories and showcases The World’s best content.

In addition, the Digital Reporter/Editor will work closely with radio reporters and producers, as well as members of the digital team, to generate sharp story angles and optimize radio stories for digital platforms. The Digital Reporter/Editor will have the opportunity to write analysis pieces on a variety of international news topics to supplement ongoing radio coverage. They will also have the opportunity to contribute to the daily radio show. The Digital Reporter/Editor should be prepared to work with both the digital and radio teams to tell stories on both platforms.

The preferred candidate has a passion for international news and a demonstrated ability to write and edit stories with distinct angles. They should think beyond just words and find ways to translate stories via images, sound, social media and other formats. We’re looking for a talented, hardworking and versatile journalist.

This job is remote for the duration of the pandemic. It will eventually be based in our Boston newsroom.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Writes fast and accurately on deadline. 
  • Communicate easily and clearly, and listens well. 
  • Synthesizes news from a variety of sources and writes morning newsletter with voice and authority.
  • Monitors newsletter performance metrics in Campaign Monitor and is familiar with a variety of digital analytics tools, such as Chartbeat and Google Analytics. 
  • Understands audio journalism and can comfortably identify the best storytelling approaches to translate radio-first stories for digital audiences. Works with The World radio producers and reporters to identify and develop distinctive angles for digital versions of radio stories. 
  • Edits stories for content, organization and style before they’re published on TheWorld.org. 
  • Writes and edits social media posts that accompany edited stories. 
  • Writes headlines and participates in shareable headline clinics
  • Stays on top of best practices in digital journalism and is comfortable informally teaching colleagues.

SKILL SET

  • Excellence in writing and experience improving others’ writing through editing. 
  • Working knowledge of AP style.
  • Strong news judgment.
  • Familiarity with multimedia reporting tools. 
  • Ability to collect data, establish facts and solve complex problems. 
  • Ability to set and meet aggressive goals and to recognize successes and challenges associated with those goals. Highly organized but flexible, with the ability to handle multiple projects and work under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to embrace strategic direction and goals and to consider company-wide impact when making decisions.
  • In-depth experience creating or editing multimedia on a major content management system.
  • Ability to travel as required.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Bachelor’s degree required. At least three years of increasing responsibilities and success in digital journalism. Experience in broadcast journalism or multi-platform journalism is a plus. Experience working collaboratively in a newsroom setting to develop story ideas and see them through. 

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JOB SPECIFICS

This is a staff position

GBH is an equal opportunity employer. The community and audience we serve is diverse, and we wish to foster that diversity in our workplace. Toward that end, GBH does not discriminate against individuals in hiring, employment or promotion on the basis of race, religion, color, sex/gender, gender identity and gender expression, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, handicap or disability, veteran or military status, political belief, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law. 

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Scripps Howard Fellowship For Recent Grads

https://scrippshowardfoundation.submittable.com/submit/29711371-68ea-4698-a346-4ef899da1fe6/scripps-howard-fellowship-application

The Fellowship has four tracks:

  • Investigative Reporting for Video (At Scripps/Newsy)
  • Data Reporting (At Scripps/Newsy)
  • Newsletter Reporting (At Propublica)
  • Illustrator and Visual Journalism (At ProPublica)

You will be required to select your top choice for a track and a second choice. 

Track Descriptions:

Investigative Reporting for Video (At Scripps/Newsy): Journalism is still about telling people something they didn’t know. Having the skills to find that information and synthesize into a compelling story is as crucial as ever. You’ll work with some of the best investigative journalists in the business to find important accountability stories. Your primary outlet will be broadcast, with a focus on visually immersive, documentary style video production and narrative storytelling like what is found in this piece and this one.

Data Reporting (At Scripps/Newsy): Our data team has been instrumental in bringing important investigative stories forward and spurring changes in communities and in agencies at the local, state and federal level. You’ll be part of a team that helps develop and vet story ideas and adds the power of data to all our reporting. As a key member of the data team, you’ll work with the entire newsroom in collecting, cleaning, evaluating and analyzing data – as well as turning that data into stories — and get practice using tools like QGIS, Google Earth, and Excel, and programming languages like R, Python, and SQL. You will also learn how to factcheck and bullet proof our data to ensure accuracy.

Newsletter Reporting (At ProPublica): ProPublica’s award-winning newsletter program has brought readers deeper into our journalism through original reporting and illuminating writing. In this role, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with investigative reporters to explain and contextualize findings, as well as doing reporting – and plenty of writing – of your own. We’re looking for someone with a journalism background and an interest in email newsletters. 

Illustrator and Visual Journalism (At ProPublica): Illustration is a crucial part of ProPublica’s storytelling, representing stories on invisible, complex systems [propublica.org], subjects with protected identities [propublica.org], and circumstances outside of the reach of photography [features.propublica.org]. You’ll be collaborating directly with ProPublica’s art director and the editorial visuals team to create illustrations, animations, photo illustrations, and visual art to accompany our published work. Our ideal applicant is someone who has a strong interest in data and storytelling, is embarking upon a career as an illustrator/visual journalist and is hoping to create a portfolio of strong and expressive work for the future. You do not need to have a background in journalism. Applicants from fine art and interdisciplinary backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

  1. Can demonstrate their potential in their preferred specialty. That can mean having
    previous work in the area, or having a deep understanding of it.
  2. Are committed to telling stories about abuses of power.
  3. Are excited about all the ways we can do journalism nowadays: from deep data-digging,
    to working with readers, viewers and listeners to marrying narrative and investigative
    forms.
  4. Really likes working with others. Many in newsrooms have their own superpowers,
    whether it’s sourcing, document-diving, data, engagement or design. The best work is
    often together.
    We know there are great candidates who won’t fit everything we’ve described above, or who
    have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about
    yourself.
    We are dedicated to improving our newsrooms, in part by better reflecting the people we cover.
    We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all
    backgrounds and ages. Everyone is encouraged to apply, including women, people of color,
    LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.
    Apply here.
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Free Course: Digital investigations for journalists

Digital services and products touch nearly every aspect of our lives. They’re core to business, government, and social interactions, which means they’re essential elements of any investigation. Journalists need to know how to gather, monitor, analyze and make sense of the digital trail and presence of any person or entity.

First of all, note that this is an asynchronous course. That means there are no live events scheduled at specific times. You can log in to the course and complete activities throughout the week at your own pace, at the times and on the days that are most convenient for you.

Despite its asynchronous nature, there are still structures in place for the duration of the course. The material is organized into four weekly modules. Each module will be taught by one of the course instructors (Craig Silverman, Brandy Zadrozny, Jane Lytvynenko, and Johanna Wild) and will cover a different topic through videos, presentations, readings and discussion forums. There will be a quiz each week to test the knowledge you’ve gained through the course materials. The weekly quizzes, and weekly participation in the discussion forums, are the basic requirements for earning a certificate of participation at the end of the course.

This course is very flexible, and if you are behind with the materials, you have the entire length of the course to complete them. We recommend that you complete each of the following before the end of each week so you don’t fall behind:

  • Video lectures
  • Readings and handouts/exercises
  • Participation in the discussion forums
  • Quizzes covering concepts from video lectures and/or readings
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Ben Bagdikian Investigative Fellowship

The Ben Bagdikian Fellowship Program offers a crash course in investigative journalism. Mother Jones fellows dive deep into every aspect of a national multimedia outfit—how to cover breaking news, how investigations happen, how we ensure accuracy and impact, and how awards are won. Fellows build on their reporting and research experience, working with reporters, editors, and our digital, audio, and art teams to master the inner workings of nonprofit news.

Fellowship positions include:

Mother Jones fellowships are full-time positions lasting approximately one year. New fellowship cohorts generally begin on the first Monday in December and applications are due October 1, unless otherwise noted. The 2020 fellowship cohort will begin the first week of December 2020 and run through November 29, 2021. Applications are due September 27 (see below for the application). Those who are still in school or are only available part-time are not eligible, nor can fellowships be used for course credit. Mother Jones is not able to furnish work visas for applicants from outside the United States. For additional questions regarding eligibility, please email us at fellowships@motherjones.com.

Fellows receive a $3,250 monthly stipend, supported by grants from the Irving Harris and Lannan Foundations and by the generosity of our contributors.

Mother Jones believes that a diverse newsroom strengthens the quality of our workplace and reporting. We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds to apply.

Position Descriptions

Editorial Fellowship (San Francisco and DC): The editorial fellowship is a demanding, research-intensive foray into investigative journalism. Fellows work closely with reporters and editors on fact-checking, research, and reporting. You’ll receive training in every aspect of the editorial process, from research tools and methods to media law, and have opportunities to learn audio and data reporting, explore magazine feature writing, and hone your investigative skills. You’ll attend regular skill-building sessions covering topics that span the operations of a media organization.

Editorial fellows in our San Francisco office, our headquarters, work closely on our award-winning bimonthly print magazine. (Mother Jones will not resume in-office work in 2020, but fellows should be prepared for a possible reopening of offices in 2021.) By fact-checking our investigations, columns, and other reported pieces, fellows re-engineer a reporter’s work and learn what it takes to report and put together a magazine story. Fellows in San Francisco also work on our website, podcasts, and are expected and encouraged to report on subjects including national politics, climate change, the justice system, reproductive rights, and culture.

Editorial fellows in our DC office get a research- and reporting-intensive foray into the life of investigative beat reporters and editors covering Washington. An immersive and fast-paced mix of fact-checking, web production, research, and blogging, the fellowship means working closely with our team of more than a dozen reporters and editors in the Beltway to learn the ropes of reporting breaking news, delivering investigative content, and promoting stories through social media and other outlets.

Fellows may also become involved in various digital projects—including contributing to our food and politics podcasts, working on our newsletters, and aiding with our Climate Desk partnership—depending on interest and need.

We are currently accepting applications for our December 2020 cohort in our San Francisco and Washington, DC offices. Applications are due September 27. To apply, click here.

Social Media Fellowship (San Francisco): Our all-star social media fellows create web content, keep us current on social platforms, and enhance our coverage of breaking news. This fellow will work closely with Mother Jones’ digital news team across our three offices. You’ll learn about every aspect of modern online publishing, collaborating alongside seasoned editors and reporters. Aside from helping promote Mother Jones stories, you’ll help fact-check our website. You’ll also attend regular skill-building sessions covering topics that span the operations of a media organization. Applicants should have experience with the back end of at least one CMS, a working knowledge of HTML and Photoshop, endless enthusiasm for digital storytelling languages, and facility and deep familiarity with social media.

We are not currently accepting applications for this position.

Digital Fellowship (New York City): Mother Jones is looking for a whip-smart fellow to join our digital publishing team in New York City. This fellowship is audio-intensive. We’ll immerse you in the process of turning our award-winning investigative journalism into richly textured, entertaining, and informative podcasts.

Working closely with the digital news team on every aspect of podcast creation, you will sharpen your skills in:

  • Finding and booking surprising guests, and being a cheerful ambassador for our shows;
  • Presenting thorough research and working with editors to shape scripted interviews;
  • Recording field and studio audio, and tracking down archives, news clips, and music;
  • Setting up tape syncs and other remote records;
  • Editing a variety of complex audio timelines, including mixing interviews, clips, and music;
  • Writing program materials, social media posts, and short articles for our website;
  • Keeping show calendars current and producers on task.

At the heart of this fellowship is learning from seasoned editors and producers how to make sharply focused digital content, backed by skill-building sessions covering topics that span the entire organization.

If jumping on breaking news before finalizing the mix for a long investigation, then finally locking in that one guest you’ve been chasing for days sounds like a fun, productive week on Earth (it does to us!), then this is the fellowship for you.

Applicants should possess:

  • Evidence of advanced multitrack audio editing in Adobe Audition;
  • Experience in audio recording skills in the field or studio;
  • The ability to work with a small team while lion-taming personalities across three newsrooms;
  • Organizational prowess to help us keep dozens of balls in the air, week in and week out;
  • Problem-solving skills. These postings always say “must be a problem-solver,” but in this case it’s especially true. We admire colleagues who can take on everyday production challenges and present solutions;
  • Newsroom basics: You know deadlines, you love deadlines; you’re a good writer. (We’re a magazine, after all.)

In addition to application basics listed below:

  • A cover letter should specifically describe how you’d like to reach podcasting glory;
  • Send us 3-5 brag-worthy audio cuts you’ve worked on—and tell us your role in the production;
  • A list of three podcasts you’re listening to now, and a sentence or two on what keeps you listening;
  • Tell us which audio production skills you’d like to improve.

We are not currently accepting applications for this position.

Strategic Communications Fellowship (San Francisco): 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.

We are not currently accepting applications for this position.

How to Apply

Mother Jones accepts new fellow cohorts twice a year, on June 1 and December 1, unless otherwise noted. Applications are due two months in advance of the start date, on April 1 and October 1.

To apply to our digital, online editorial, and social media fellowship positions, please submit the following to fellowships@motherjones.com:

  • In a single PDF, please send a cover letter, résumé (including the names and numbers of two references), and two writing samples.
  • In your cover letter, please clearly state which position you’re applying for, and in which office, as well as which start date you are interested in.
  • In the body of your email, please clearly state which position you’re applying for, and in which office, as well as which start date you are interested in.

To apply for the digital media fellowship, please submit the following to fellowships@motherjones.com:

  • A cover letter and résumé, including the names and numbers of two references.
  • Two writing samples (links to online versions preferred).
  • In the body of your email, please clearly state which position you’re applying for, and in which office, as well as which start date you are interested in.
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Journalist of Color Investigative Reporting Fellowship

The 2021 fellowship is open to U.S journalists of color with at least three years of post-college work experience. Applicants currently working in a newsroom must receive the support of their employer; freelancers are also encouraged to apply. Fellows will continue to work in their newsroom or in their freelance position for the duration of the fellowship.  

Sameea Kamal of the Los Angeles Times; Josh McGhee of The Chicago Reporter; and Monica Velez of The Fresno Bee were IRE’s 2020 fellows. Their projects will be published in spring 2021.  

Bracey Harris of The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, was IRE’s first fellow. As part of her fellowship, Harris explored the effects of school integration on black families in Mississippi, which led to an investigation published The Hechinger Report and The Clarion-Ledger in February 2020. The fellowship included training, mentorship and additional project support.

“From walking me through how to map out a long-term investigation and balance my education beat duties to recommending hands-on training to take advantage of during IRE events, my mentors have been a lifeline as I report on the most challenging project in my journalism career to date,” Harris said.

As part of the program, the fellow must propose and work on a well-developed project that benefits their community. A mentor network of IRE members will advise the fellow throughout the year or until the project is complete, whichever comes first.

The fellowship includes a suite of resources and training opportunities:

  • One-year IRE membership/renewal
  • Complimentary Boot Camp registration and support. 
  • Complimentary 2021 NICAR Conference registration and support
  • Complimentary 2021 IRE Conference registration and support
  • Access to complimentary IRE Data Service.
  • Network of mentors who are IRE members

Fellowship applications are due Oct. 12. The recipient of the fellowship will be notified in November for a January 1 start date.

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Journalists in Aging Fellows Program

https://www.geron.org/press-room/journalists-in-aging-fellows-program

Background

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the Journalists Network on Generations are welcoming applications — from journalists who represent mainstream or ethnic/community news outlets in the U.S. and who are covering/wish to cover issues in aging — for the 11th year of the Journalists in Aging Fellows Program.

The program will be conducted entirely online. Support is provided by grants from The Silver Century Foundation, RRF Foundation for Aging, The John A. Hartford Foundation, and the Gannett Foundation. Stories resulting from the last ten years are available on GSA’s website.

By 2030, one-fifth of the country’s population will be age 65+, with the fastest growing segment being ethnic minorities. Older people will soon equal the number of children under 18 as the U.S. becomes an “every generation nation.” The effects of this demographic shift permeate every aspect of American life — with important social, economic, and health implications. As we age, we develop unique needs but also make unique contributions to society.

The media have largely ignored these emerging stories, and most communities are poorly informed about the challenges and opportunities of the longevity revolution. Ageism is pervasive. For 10 years, GSA’s Journalists in Aging Fellows Program has fueled coverage of crucial and sometimes complex issues at a time when most news organizations have no resources to assign a reporter to cover aging.

Further, COVID-19 has not only dominated the news through the summer of 2020, but its effects will likely be with us for years — not only because of the tragic and mounting toll on older adults, but also as it widens existing cracks of age bias in America’s health and social infrastructure. Short- and long-term effects, ageism, nursing home workforce issues, the downsizing of older workers, ethnic and gender bias in healthcare and employment, the shifting nature of retirement, affordable housing, and the rise in older adult homelessness are all topics ripe for storytelling. Journalists will also need to track whether or not positive changes and opportunities emerge.

This program’s goals are to educate journalists about issues in aging, better allowing them to spread a new awareness to general audiences and ethnic or targeted communities (such as LGBTQ, disability, or gender-focused groups); and to disseminate accurate information about new scientific findings, policy debates, innovations, and evidence-based solutions.

Additionally, the program is structured to build three bridges: to connect working reporters with experts in the field; to link journalists new to the complex issues of aging with experienced age-beat reporters; and ultimately to channel reporters’ enhanced knowledge — fortified by current research — to their communities, in their own languages.

Dates and Venue

The program will conduct a short series of online educational sessions exclusive to the fellows on Wednesday and Thursday, October 28 and 29, and Wednesday and Thursday, November 11 and 12. Fellows will also participate in GSA’s 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting Online, which will take place from Wednesday, November 4, to Saturday, November 7, with content being available on demand afterward. (Note that Election Day is Tuesday, November 3.)

The GSA Annual Scientific Meeting represents a unique opportunity for reporters to expand and enrich their coverage of issues in aging. It will be the premier conference for an expected 4,000+ professionals in gerontology from more than 30 countries, and the schedule includes hundreds of symposia, papers, and posters — all featuring new research on nearly every topic in aging. Reporters will find ideas for new stories and fresh angles on existing topics from Alzheimer’s disease to Social Security and Medicare to the latest biological discoveries, as well as COVID-19. Some weeks prior to the conference, GSA will publish an interactive online meeting planner, which contains the full program schedule.

Requirements

Fellows will be required to participate in a short series of exclusive background and issue-focused educational sessions scheduled the weeks immediately before and after the November 3 presidential election (October 28 and 29 and November 11 and 12). They will then have full access to GSA Annual Scientific Meeting sessions of their choosing (November 4 to 7, and available for later on-demand viewing). Fellows will also commit to completing one short-term story about any research-based aspect of aging and a long-term in-depth project of their own design. The latter must be summarized in a one-to-two page story pitch.

All articles must be published, broadcast, or posted through distributed or circulated news media entities rather than personal blogs, and will be required to include a note at the beginning or end crediting that it was written/produced with support from the fellowship. (Reporters will be provided text samples that may be adapted for different media.) The stories must reach an audience within the U.S.

Short-term story: Fellows must produce an initial story of no less than 500 words (or comparable broadcast length) about any research-based aspect of aging. Although reporters may draw from the vast number of peer-reviewed studies and expert presenters available to them at the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting, they are not required to cite any aspect of the conference, and may develop their story from other verifiable research sources. This piece must be completed no later than Thursday, December 31, 2020, and scheduled to be disseminated by Monday, February 1, 2021. The story can be a news report, feature, or commentary/blog. Unlike the long-term project (see below), applicants need not propose a topic for the short-term story ahead of time, nor do they have to obtain advance approval from an editor/producer that the piece will be considered as an editorial assignment for publication or broadcast. The subject matter also need not be related to that of the long-term project. Selected fellows will be permitted to publish their short-term and long-term pieces through different media organizations, but it is still the Fellow’s responsibility to see that the pieces are published in such a case. Therefore, applicants should indicate where they expect to place the short-term story if it will appear in a different news outlet than the long-term project.

Long-term project: Each fellow will submit a proposal (of one to two pages) outlining a major story or series that she or he intends to research and write. The story or series should be of the fellow’s own design, documenting and explaining a pressing issue that elders and their families or communities are facing.

The project deadline will be Thursday, April 1, 2021, and it must be scheduled to be disseminated no later than Monday, May 3, 2021. As with the short-term project, the story or series need not be based on any aspect of the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting, although reporters may choose to interview expert presenters or utilize articles published in GSA’s peer-reviewed journals.

Some preference will be given to application proposals on the impact of important news developments such as the COVID-19 pandemic, racial/ethnic equality, or post-election challenges, although the program remains open to story pitches related to the myriad ongoing under-reported stories of aging in America.

Fellowship applicants are invited to make proposals on a wide range of subjects, such as caregiving challenges; ageism; dementia and its impact; intergenerational activities; immigration; healthy aging (including wellness and physical activity); safety education (e.g., falls and fall prevention); health disparities; elder abuse prevention; depression and social isolation; hunger; medication challenges; lifelong learning; art and creativity for older adults; aging in place; age-friendly communities; older-worker issues (e.g., career retraining and encore careers); and civic engagement (mentoring, volunteering, or otherwise “giving back” to society). Projects may, but are not required to, reflect at least one element of ethnic or racial population diversity. This may include the involvement of diverse experts or facts about an issue’s effect on such distinct groups based on their race, ethnicity, gender, geography, or sexual orientation.

Both staff journalists and freelancers who apply must submit an agreement by his or her editor/producer to accept the long-term project proposal as an editorial assignment for likely publication or broadcast. Those who also serve as the principal editor/producer of a news outlet are also welcome to apply. These journalists need not provide a separate editor/producer’s assurance, but they should make their dual role as writer and editor/producer clear in the proposal. For cases in which the original media outlet does not release a project story, the Fellow is obligated to place it in a comparable news or information medium.

Dissemination

The stories resulting from this fellowship will first be published by each journalist’s media organization(s). GSA and the Journalists Network on Generations will then have the option to cross-post the stories — with full credit and links back to the primary publisher — and make them available to nonprofit websites in aging or the network of ethnic media outlets.

Reporters proposing stories to be published or broadcast in a language other than English must agree to provide an English translation to GSA within two weeks of initial publication. For audio or video productions, fellows must provide images with either a separate audio narration or written article based on the story in English. Multimedia slide shows should be provided with image captions in English. (All such stories would be cross-posted by GSA or the program’s nonprofit sponsors with links back to the story in the original language.)

Stipend

Each fellow will receive a stipend of $1,500, with $500 to be paid at the conclusion of the program’s initial educational sesions and the remaining $1,000 upon publication/airing of the long-term project.

Selection Process and Eligibility

The fellowship selection panel will include experts in gerontology and editorial professionals.

All staff and freelance journalists are eligible to apply except for past recipients of this fellowship.

Additional Information

For further details about how to submit an application, contact Program Co-Director and GSA Director of Communications Todd Kluss at tkluss@geron.org or (202) 587-2839. For further details about fellowship requirements and potential stories, contact Program Co-Director and Journalists Network on Generations Program Coordinator Liz Seegert at liz@lizseegert.com or (718) 229-5730.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted in a single Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF file consisting of five components:

1. A cover letter containing:

  • Applicant name
  • Mailing address
  • Office phone
  • Mobile phone
  • E-mail
  • Employer (Freelancers must specify their length of affiliation with the outlet that will publish or broadcast the story.)
  • Employer address
  • Employer phone
  • Employer’s circulation and audience demographic (Please indicate whether this media outlet serves a general audience or a specific racial/ethnic community.)

2. A resume.

3. A one- to two-page story pitch describing the long-term project topic, how the subject will be researched and covered, the number of expected articles and their approximate length, relevance to the audience, and tentative publication date.

4. A letter or e-mail from an editor/producer agreeing to accept the long-term project proposal as an editorial assignment for likely publication or broadcast.

5. No more than three samples of published or broadcast journalistic work. For applicants submitting print samples, the full story text must be included in the application document. For applicants submitting broadcast samples, please include hyperlinks to these stories — either on a news organization’s website or a file sharing site such as filesanywhere.com — in the application document.

Applications that are not submitted in a single Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF file will not be reviewed. Business centers such as FedEx Office are able to provide conversion and/or scanning services. Please submit the file using a file name format of “LastnameFirstname.docx” or “LastnameFirstname.pdf.”

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