2019 News Corp Media Fellowship for Global Journalists

Applications are now open!

In collaboration with The Wall Street Journal, ICFJ is offering international journalists an opportunity to participate in an innovative program that includes training on creative storytelling and offers grants to support data-driven projects.  The prize for the best project is a three-month News Corp Fellowship in New York, where the fellow will receive hands-on training and mentorship at the WSJ media science lab.

This program builds on the News Corp Media Fellowship, which has offered international journalists an immersive, hands-on experience in some of the world’s most digitally advanced newsrooms since 2014.

How to Apply for the Fellowship

To be considered for the fellowship, journalists must:

1. Participate in two half-day webinars conducted by editors and reporters with expertise in digital tools, data journalism and visualization, artificial intelligence, integration to mobile, and audience engagement. During the hands-on webinars, participants will learn how to pitch a data-driven project and to develop a prototype. Webinars will be open to a select group of up to 40 journalists and will take place on July 29 and 30. Apply to attend the webinars here by July 7.

2. Receive one of five news innovation grants to support your data-driven project. Only journalists who participate in both webinars are eligible to apply for these grants. Projects should promote new forms of storytelling, data journalism and visualization, and citizen engagement. Each grant recipient will also benefit from online editorial coaching and mentorship from experienced editors, reporters and data experts.

Only journalists who complete both stages successfully will be considered for the News Corp Media Fellowship. The ideal fellow will bring considerable talents, a strong work ethic and abilities to the WSJ newsroom.

More About the Fellowship

During the fellowship, the journalist will be embedded for three months in the WSJ’s media science lab to work on a data-driven project relevant to the fellow and tailor-made for the WSJ. The selected News Corp Media Fellow will have the opportunity to work on projects related to:

  • Workflow and collaboration in a global newsroom;
  • Data science, artificial intelligence and computational journalism;
  • New forms of training and internal leadership development;
  • Audience surveying and emerging forms of social media analysis.

Prior to the three-month fellowship, ICFJ will host a three-day orientation in Washington D.C., where the fellow will receive training and be prepared to develop his or her own digital projects at the Journal.

The program will cover all travel and fellowship expenses.

Requirements to participate  

English-speaking journalists and editors with 3-5 years of journalistic experience and at least 1-2 years working with data are welcome to apply for the webinar – the first step toward the fellowship.

https://www.icfj.org/our-work/2019-news-corp-media-fellowship-global-journalists

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MJ Bear Fellowship

The MJ Bear Fellowship identifies and supports digital journalists under 30 whose work represents the best of digital news. In 2019, ONA will select six fellows from around the world who are up-and-coming journalists and leading innovative digital journalism projects.

About the Fellowship

The one-year fellowship is designed to provide support and guidance to early-career journalists on a digital journalism project as well as their own professional development. Projects might include a unique way of looking at news coverage, creative data visualizations, intrapreneurial or entrepreneurial efforts, new efforts in video, or other digitally-focused approaches to news coverage.

The fellowship provides:

  • Speaking opportunity at ONA’s annual conference. Fellows earn recognition at digital journalism’s largest event and participate in a panel discussion to share their work. The fellowship covers registration, travel and accommodations for ONA19, Sept. 12–14, in New Orleans.
  • Three tailored coaching sessions. Based on the projects that fellows are working on and the skills they are looking to build, ONA works with industry leaders to design custom coaching sessions for the group. Past sessions have covered topics such as pitching projects, stories and oneself; career advancement in a changing world; audience engagement; marketing and entrepreneurship.
  • ONA membership, with three year’s dues paid in full.
  • Additional opportunities to showcase work and expertise. During their fellowship year, fellows share insights from their projects and career journeys on ONA’s website. These insights become evergreen resources for the digital journalism community. See what fellows have been working on.

Timeline

  • June 4, 2019: Applications open
  • July 11, 2019: Applications close
  • Mid-August 2019: 2019 fellows announced
  • Sept. 12–14, 2019: ONA Conference & Online Journalism Awards Ceremony
  • Spring 2020: Coaching sessions
  • Summer 2020: Fellows share insights on journalists.org

Eligibility

The fellowship is open to working journalists under 30 who are leading a digital journalism project. Applicants in 2019 must be born between Sept. 15, 1989 and Sept. 14, 1996. Applicants can be working either for a company or organization or be self-employed. ONA encourages freelancers and journalists from diverse backgrounds to apply. Full-time students are not eligible for this fellowship.

Review the Program FAQ and application requirements. If you have additional questions, email mjbearfellowship@journalists.org.

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The Economist is hiring a journalist to write about Africa

Off the Coast of Gorée Island

WE ARE looking for a new journalist to strengthen our coverage of sub-Saharan Africa. The job will be based somewhere in Africa—exactly where is open for negotiation with the successful candidate. It will involve a lot of travel.

Applicants should send an original unpublished article of up to 600 words on an African topic suitable for publication in The Economist, a CV and a cover letter to africawriter@economist.com. The deadline for applications is July 19th 2019.

The article is the most important part of the application. We will read it blind (ie, without looking at your name or where you are from). If what you write is not exceptionally good, we will not look at your CV. This is to ensure that the process is as unbiased and meritocratic as possible.

Anyone is welcome to apply, regardless of citizenship, ethnic origin, sex, religious beliefs, disability, sexual orientation or age. Previous experience as a journalist is desirable but not essential. What we most want is original thinking, good analytical skills and, above all, good writing.

https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2019/06/05/were-hiring-a-journalist-to-write-about-africa

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Fellowships available for Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists

Each year, the National Press Foundation offers two all-expenses-paid fellowships for the annual Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The fellowship includes full tuition, housing, most meals and round-trip transportation. All U.S.-based journalists whose work represents the highest standards of business journalism are eligible to apply.

The seminars offer participants an opportunity to expand their knowledge of business by attending courses conducted by leading Wharton faculty, hearing guest lectures by business leaders, and competing in an intensive, computer-simulated strategic management exercise.

The 2019 seminars take place October 13 – 16

The fellowship includes full tuition, housing, most meals and round-trip transportation. All U.S.-based journalists whose work represents the highest standards of business journalism are eligible to apply. The fellowship is open only to U.S.-based journalists. The National Press Foundation awards two fellowships to the Wharton Seminars.

The seminars take place October 13 – 16, 2019.

The application deadline is Friday, August 23.

A short biography, a paragraph explaining why you want to attend and a supervisor’s letter of support should be saved as a Word doc or pdf BEFORE beginning the online application form. You will not be able to save and return to the application later.

For any questions contact Jenny Ash-Maher | jenny@nationalpress.org | 202-663-7285.


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PBS FRONTLINE launches 2019 Local Journalism Project

PBS FRONTLINE‘s Local Journalism Project provides support to local news organizations to produce investigative journalism, focusing on communities where the health of independent reporting is endangered by the changing economics of the media.

We are now accepting project proposals from local news organizations for 2019. We’ll select four or five projects annually on the basis of the strength of the proposed investigation, the geographic diversity of the news organizations and need for outside support to complete reporting and tell the full story. Our inaugural class will be announced before the end of August.

FRONTLINE will provide local partners with:

  • Up to $75,000 for an annual reporting salary. The financial support is designed to free reporters from deadline journalism to pursue an in-depth reporting project lasting months.
  • Editorial guidance from FRONTLINE journalists. We’re adding a full-time editor at FRONTLINE to manage the collaborations with our local partners and take a hands-on role in shaping individual investigations. We’ll tailor editorial support to the needs of our partners and whether the eventual form of the story will be in video, audio or text.
  • Advice from FRONTLINE’s audience development team. We’ll help strategize about how to build community engagement with the project and extend the reach of local journalism.
  • Support for training. We’ll collaborate with partners to design specific training for local journalists in areas that can help make investigative journalism and storytelling sustainable.

https://frontline-pbs.forms.fm/local-journalism-project/forms/6623

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National Geographic Explorer Grant

An Exploration Grant application is a request for funding by an experienced project leader in the areas of conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology. The applicant and his or her team members are expected to demonstrate successful completion of similar projects with measurable and/or tangible results. If you have received a grant from National Geographic in the past, you may submit a new proposal after you have closed your previous grant record. 

Grant projects last one calendar year or less. If you apply for more than one year of funding, your proposal will be sent back to you to revise and resubmit for the next deadline. Projects are typically funded for between US $10,000 and US $30,000.

Visit our How to Apply section to learn more about eligibility requirements and how to prepare your proposal.

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/funding-opportunities/grants/what-we-fund/#Exploration

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The Poynter Minority Writers Workshop Open for Applications

The Power of Diverse Voices, taking place Nov. 7-10, 2019 at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Florida, is a transformative four-day seminar that helps journalists of color find their voice and build skills for writing opinion pieces and personal essays.

Opinion writing plays a vital role in explanatory, features and watchdog journalism, and is important in a thriving democracy. This seminar will foster the diversity of voices necessary in the profession and train the next generation of opinion writers from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.

You will learn both through instruction as well as through intensive coaching in small writing groups. You will focus on fact-based opinion writing — and using social media to spark a conversation — across digital and other platforms.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Develop and hone your arguments, presenting these arguments effectively and persuasively
  • Support your arguments using solid research and reporting
  • Strengthen your reporting skills with an emphasis on fairness and accuracy
  • Maximize your journalistic success on digital and social media platforms — using social media to build your brand, present your ideas and spark a conversation
  • Generate strong ideas for your opinion pieces, broadening your access to diverse points of view
  • Focus your ideas, developing a compelling pitch to editors

Who should apply

Enrollment is open to new- and mid-career journalists of color based in the United States looking to add effective opinion writing to their tool kit, as well as those building a career path toward opinion journalism. Minority journalism students, journalism educators, freelancers and opinion journalists who work online or in social media are also encouraged to apply.

The Power of Diverse Voices workshop grew out of the Minority Writers Seminar, a collaboration between the Association of Opinion Journalists and The Poynter Institute. The original seminar ran for nearly two decades at the John Seigenthaler Center on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

Application process

The process to apply is straightforward and simple. No letter of recommendation is required, but you will need to provide a reference. Please be prepared to answer questions about your professional experience, areas of interests and basic demographic information.

Cost

This seminar is being offered at no charge to selected participants based in the United States. The program sponsors will cover tuition and hotel costs, and a small travel stipend will be available. Slots are limited.

Questions?

We’d love to hear from you. Email us at seminars@poynter.org.

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Radcliffe Institute offers fellowship

Radcliffe fellows are exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, and artists whose work is making a difference in their professional fields and in the larger world.

Based in Radcliffe Yard—a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University—fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present.

Throughout the year, fellows convene regularly to share their work in progress. Coming from diverse disciplines and perspectives, they challenge each other’s ideas and support each other’s ambitions. Many say that it is the best year of their professional lives.


Our online application for the 20202021 fellowship year is now available.

The deadline for applications in humanities, social sciences, and creative arts is September 12, 2019.

The deadline for applications in science, engineering, and mathematics is October 3, 2019.


The Radcliffe Fellowship Program awards 50 fellowships each academic year. Applicants may apply as individuals or in a group of two to three people working on the same project. We seek diversity along many dimensions, including discipline, career stage, race and ethnicity, country of origin, gender and sexual orientation, and ideological perspective. Although our fellows come from many different backgrounds, they are united by their demonstrated excellence, collegiality, and creativity.

“During my year at Radcliffe, I have most enjoyed the rich and generous interaction with other fellows, the opportunity to engage with the wider Harvard community, and the space away from my professional responsibilities to reflect on the past few years. My book could not have been conceived without the space the fellowship created.”
—Hernan del Valle, 2018–2019 Rita E. Hauser Fellow

Explore the broad range of Radcliffe fellows’ projects. The following areas—while not exclusive—are of special interest:

  • Radcliffe supports engaged scholarship. We welcome applications from scholars and practitioners who connect research to law, policy, pressing social issues, and/or who seek to actively engage audiences beyond academia.
  • Reflecting Radcliffe’s unique history, each year some projects focus on women, gender, and society or draw on the Schlesinger Library’s rich collections. In 2020–2021, one fellow will be designated a Mellon-Schlesinger fellow, as part of the project commemorating the centennial of the 19th Amendment.

We welcome applications from a broad range of fields.

https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/fellowship-program/become-fellow

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CALL FOR ITM JOURNALIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAMME 2019

Are you a journalist living and working in Africa, Asia or Latin America? Are you passionate by the fascinating world of infectious diseases and international health? The Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp welcomes applications for the sixth edition of its journalist-in-residence programme. Journalists working in all types of media are offered the unique opportunity to write a series of articles, shoot a documentary or make a podcast in the area of infectious diseases and international health.

Through fundamental and applied research, advanced education and expert services, ITM advances medical science to solve tropical, poverty-related and global health threats. The selected journalist will interact with world experts in a wide range of topics in biomedical sciences, clinical sciences and public health during his or her stay at ITM in Antwerp. As ITM journalist-in-residence, s/he will have time to explore different areas or delve deeply into a single topic.

If you are interested in the global health challenges that await us and you are available on 9 and 10 October, you can take part in the 60th ITM colloquium during your residency. “Connecting the dots” is the 60th ITM colloquium in which experts from across the world gather in Antwerp to discuss the most pressing issues facing the tropical medicine and international health community. The journalist-in-residence will get the chance to meet with the key speakers who will discuss topics such as migration, climate change, etc. and the impact on our health.

The initiative is part of ITM’s capacity building programme in developing countries financed by the Belgian Directorate-General for Development (DGD). Last year,  three talented women from Cambodia, Indonesia and Venezuela stayed three weeks in Antwerp. Read more about the work of the previous Journalists-in-Residence. Please contact communicatie@itg.be if you have questions.

https://www.itg.be/E/Article/journalist-in-residence

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SDG Fund for investigative journalism available in Latin America

Journalists in Latin America with experience covering development can apply for funding.

The Center for Sustainable Development Goals for Latin America and the Caribbean has launched the SDG Fund for Journalism, which will finance investigative stories on issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals in the region.

The Fund is currently accepting proposals for stories that take place in Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Central America.

The Fund seeks to promote reporting that provides information of public interest and tells stories about the regional challenges of sustainable development, including urbanization processes, biodiversity, decarbonization, climate change and more.

Grants of up to US$4,000 will be awarded according to the proposal and the publication format. The Fund will also assign an editor to each selected project.

The deadline is July 15.

https://ijnet.org/en/opportunity/sdg-fund-investigative-journalism-available-latin-america

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