Open Call For Digital Journalists


The application round for a new fellowship has started: Akademie Schloss Solitude is holding an open call for the first time for digital journalists, web developers, and web designers. 24 months for two to four fellows will be awarded for the year 2016. The program will be continued with another open call with the same scope in 2017 and 2018.

The fellows chosen in this program will get the unique chance to pursue an intensive exchange with the other Solitude fellows to learn from renowned artists and scientists about future issues in the fields of science, art, economics, and politics as well as their daily developments, whilst also being supported by the Akademie’s team in pursuing personal journalistic and artistic projects.

Launch of new web portal

With the launch of a new web portal towards the end of 2015, the Akademie offers an attractive platform with an international reach. The artistic and journalistic content and formats of the portal are dedicated to the projects and subjects of the participants of the Solitude network. The fellows of the new program contribute to the content produced inside and outside the Akademie, together with the editorial team and fellows of other disciplines. From 2016 onward, the portal will also be open for content outside the Solitude network: interested artists and authors around the world are invited to submit contributions. Akademie Schloss Solitude will premiere the best works and ideas. The voting will take place in the online community via the web portal. Regular »open calls« will start from 2016 onward.

Young professionals

The new fellowship program is focusing on young, professional digital journalists, web developers, and web designers. Applicants should be no older than 35. For applicants over 35, the completion of their degree should be no longer than five years ago. Students registered at a university will not be included in the selection. The fellowships are rewarded with a monthly sum of 1,150 Euros (with free accommodation). An obligation of residency is partly intended.

The jurors for the first round of applications for the new program are: Clara Herrmann, coordinator of the new web portal, Alessandro Mininno, web adviser (Milan/Italy), and Stefano Mirti, designer (Milan/Italy).

The application deadline is Tuesday June 30, 2015 (submission of the online application). Applicants can find the application form and all information needed here: application form.

The new web portal and fellowship program for digital journalism, web development, and web design  are supported by the Ministry for Science, Research, and the Arts of the State of Baden-Württemberg.

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Bloomberg Media Initiative organizes training in Africa

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Professionals with an interest in financial journalism can apply for this free program.

The Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa Executive Training Program is a comprehensive integrated curriculum around economics, business, journalism and public policy, designed by a consortium of faculty from six leading African universities.

The program aims to increase the pipeline of skilled financial journalists and analysts, embracing a data-driven journalism culture across Africa.

The training is delivered through short study blocks totaling 18 days over a period of six months in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.

Bloomberg, with support from the Ford Foundation, covers tuition, class materials, lunch and refreshments for each participant.

The deadline to apply is May 29.

For more information, click here.

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Visiting Arab Journalist Program open

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Reporters, columnists or broadcasters can apply for a US$15,000 fellowship to carry out policy-oriented research and writing in Washington.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars announced its 2015 competition for Visiting Arab Journalist Program. One journalist from the Middle East/North Africa region will be selected.

Applicants must have at least five years of professional experience and excellent command of English and Arabic.

The stipend provided is US$5,000 per month, three-quarters of the health insurance, suitable work space, a part-time research assistant if possible and access to digital resources.

The deadline is July 1.

For more information, click here.

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Columbia University seeks research fellows




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Students, researchers, faculty and practitioners in the fields of computer science and journalism can propose potential research projects.

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism is calling for applications for research fellowships to lead research in four areas: computation, algorithms and automated journalism; data, metrics and impact; audiences and engagement; and experimental journalism, models and practice.

Research fellows will be responsible for developing research streams that tackle large and cutting-edge issues in digital journalism through a combination of field research, workshops, events and published articles, briefs and reports.

The deadline to submit a proposal is April 30.

For more information, click here.

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NBC fellowship open

Graduating college seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in political journalism can apply for a fellowship.

NBC Universal is offering the Tim Russert Fellowship, which will give one early-career journalist a one-year, paid position in the NBC News Washington bureau.

The fellow will work on a rotational basis in several areas of the Washington Bureau including Meet the Press and the NBC News Political Unit. Responsibilities will include assisting talent and producers, participating in news shoots and conducting story research.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or political science, along with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. Active involvement in journalism through work experience, on-campus media involvement and/or internships is an advantage.

The deadline is April 17.

For more information, click here.

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Human rights fellowship for women journalists open

Print, broadcast and online women journalists who focus on human rights and social justice can apply for a yearlong fellowship.

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is accepting applications for the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship, named for the 1998 IWMF Courage in Journalism Award winner and Boston Globe correspondent who was killed in Iraq in May 2003.

The selected journalist will spend an academic year in a tailored program with access to MIT’s Center for International Studies and media outlets like The Boston Globe and The New York Times.

Applicants must have a minimum of three years of experience in journalism. Non-native English speakers must also have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program. Freelance journalists may apply.

A stipend will be provided, and expenses, including airfare, housing and health insurance, will be covered.

The application deadline is May 1.

For more information, click here.

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Freelance, local journalism contest open

Print and online journalists worldwide can apply for an award.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation hosts the Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism, honoring the work of freelance journalists and of local reporters in developing countries or nations in transition who often otherwise receive little recognition.

The awards feature two categories: freelance journalists covering international news and local reporters covering events in their home country or region. Each winner receives a US$5,000 prize at a ceremony in London.

The stories can be about conflict, human rights, cross-border issues or any controversial matter in a particular country or region. Each submission must demonstrate professionalism, meet international journalistic standards and provide evidence that courage and determination were required to cover the story.

All articles must be translated into English and have been published between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015.

The deadline is May 31.

For more information, click here.

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Ocean science fellowship available

Professional writers, producers and editors from around the world can apply for a weeklong, marine science fellowship.

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is accepting applications for its journalism fellowship program. The program is designed to introduce science journalists to oceanography and ocean engineering through seminars, laboratory visits and brief field expeditions.

The 2015 fellowship will be held Sept. 13 to 18 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

All fellows receive a travel allowance and room and board for one week.

Applicants should have at least two years of writing, producing or editing experience. Freelancers, book authors and writers from nontraditional media may apply, but should be able to show a substantial portfolio of work. International journalists are encouraged to apply.

The deadline to apply is May 1.

For more information, click here.

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Fund for Middle East documentary photography available

Photographers working on documentary projects in the Arab region can apply for a US$5,000 grant and mentorship.

Arab Culture and Arts Fund (Afaq) and the Netherlands’ Prince Claus Fund, in partnership with Magnum Foundation, are running a three-year Arab documentary photography program, which started in 2014.

The program aims to enhance documentary photography in the Arab region, training photographers, sharing stories and discovering new methods for engaging the audience.

Ten photographers will be selected to receive financial and professional support to complete their proposed photography projects. Grantees are expected to work on their projects in their country over a period of eight months.

The deadline to apply is May 10.

For more information, click here.


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BuzzFeed seeks summer fellows

Social media enthusiasts can apply for this summer fellowship.

The BuzzFeed Fellowship is a paid, three-month program for the next generation of writers, editors and content creators eager to master the tools and techniques of the social web.

Buzzfeed will hire an editorial fellow to work in Los Angeles and editorial, illustration and lifestyle fellows in New York.

Responsibilities include writing and editing posts tailored to BuzzFeed’s audience and exploring how people share on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and other social sites.

For information on the editorial fellowship in Los Angeles, click here.

For the editorial fellowship in New York, click here; for the illustration fellowship, here; and the lifestyle fellowship, here.

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