Bitch Media offers fellowship

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Bitch Media, an independent, nonprofit feminist media organization now in its 20th year, is pleased to announce the Bitch Media Fellowships for Writers, a series of three-month intensive writing fellowships whose goal is to develop, support, and amplify emerging, diverse voices in feminist, activist, and pop-culture media. The program will be directed by Bitch cofounder Andi Zeisler.

Bitch Media’s mission is to provide and encourage an engaged, thoughtful response to mainstream media and pop culture. We strive to be a fresh, revitalizing voice in contemporary feminism, one that welcomes complex arguments and refuses to ignore the contradictory and often uncomfortable realities of life in an unequivocally gendered world. We publish the award-winning magazine Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, daily online articles and opinions, weekly podcasts, and offer lectures and workshops around the world through Bitch on Campus.

We are pleased to kick off the second year of our fellowship program. We seek fellows who are passionate, engaged, and interested in developing their unique voices for these four fellowships, each of which pay a stipend of $2,000 for the three-month period.

Fellows will work with Bitch Media during one of the following four quarters:

  • January 1 – March 30
  • April 1 – June 30
  • July 1 – September 30
  • October 1 – December 31

Fellows will work in one of four subject areas during the fellowship period:

  • Reproductive rights & justice
  • Pop-culture criticism
  • Technology
  • Global feminism

During the 3-month fellowships, our fellows will:

  • Produce a minimum of six online articles for Bitch Media in the topic area of their fellowship. These pieces can take a variety of forms: reported, analytical, advocacy-focused, even infographic, and are least 600 words in length.
  • Produce at least one longform article to be published in the quarterly magazine Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture.
  • Participate in biweekly discussions (by phone or Skype if fellows cannot meet in person) with the fellowship director and other members of the Bitch Media staff.
  • Receive mentorship and support in creating, shaping, and editing articles and blog posts.
  • Receive follow-up support with placing future articles and essays, and make great connections within the feminist-media community.
  • Have access to the Bitch Media library, which houses more than 2,000 books on feminist theory and activism; gender, race, and queer studies; pop-culture criticism, and social-justice history.
  • Receive a $2,000 stipend for the three-month fellowship.

Who should apply?

This fellowship was created in order to cultivate and amplify new voices. If you are a writer who has minimal publication experience, we strongly encourage you to apply. If you are passionate about one of the above subject areas but do not have a history of writing or blogging about them, we strongly encourage you to apply. If you are a writer still figuring out what subjects obsess you, we strongly encourage you to apply.

This is not a full-time position, but an independent fellowship designed for writers who want to develop confident, well-rounded voices and are particularly interested in feminist criticism and mission-driven journalism. Fellows may be based globally, and U.S. citizenship or residence is not required to be a fellow. Writers who have contributed to Bitch before will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Bitch Media is an independent 501(c)3 organization and an equal-opportunity employer. We seek a variety of perspectives and encourage applications from qualified writers of any age, race, color, gender, religion, ancestry, disability, marital status, and sexual orientation. We hope that our fellows will be able to find a community among their co-fellows and the staff of Bitch Media.

Applications must be submitted through our submission manager.

https://bitchmedia.submittable.com/submit

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Free workshop on Mexico-U.S. border reporting safety open

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Journalists working in Mexico and the United States border areas can register for this free workshop.

The Binational Safety for Journalists Workshop, created and developed by ICFJ Knight Fellow Jorge Luis Sierra, will feature training in physical and digital security for reporters working on the Mexico-U.S. border.

The training will take place Aug. 25 and 26 in Tijuana, Mexico. Six experts will teach participants risk reduction techniques, digital security technologies and good security practices.

Registration is ongoing until spots are filled.

For more information (in Spanish), click here.

http://ijnet.org/en/opportunities/free-workshop-mexico-us-border-reporting-safety-open-mexico-us

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Fellowships for reporting on conflict, violence open

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Midcareer journalists who want to deepen their knowledge of trauma and improve coverage of violence, conflict and tragedy can apply for a fellowship.

Each year, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, selects 10 to 15 journalists as Dart Center Ochberg Fellows.

The next program will be held Jan. 16 to 21, 2017 at Columbia University in New York.

Fellows attend background briefings by prominent interdisciplinary experts in the trauma and mental health fields; conversations with journalist colleagues on issues of ethics, craft and other aspects of professional practice; and a host of other opportunities for intellectual engagement and peer learning.

The fellowship covers travel to and accommodations in New York, meals and other expenses directly related to participation.

The application deadline is Sept. 30.

For more information, click here.

https://ijnet.org/en/opportunities/fellowships-reporting-conflict-violence-open-worldwide

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Scholarship available for public radio conference

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Each year, AIR identifies and cultivates a diverse roster of early-career talent to help programs, stations, and networks connect with more ears, homes, and corners of America.

AIR’s New Voices scholarships are available for those who can contribute fresh craft, diversity or perspective to the network and media. The scholarship brings new talent to industry gatherings where they will find a peer support network, opportunities to meet industry leaders, and chances to share their interests, concerns and work.

The scholarship provides individual stipends ranging from $500 to $1,500. New Voices scholars will receive coaching, professional development support, and structured networking with leaders in the industry, and will join the robust New Voices alumni network of more than 160 journalists with diverse backgrounds, craft and experience.

The 2015 New Voices scholars included a visual documentarian from Appalachia; a producer, DJ, blogger and fashion archivist from Chicago; a New Mexico-based engineer for Native America Calling; and the founder of the Transgender Oral History Project. Now it’s time to discover a new class of dynamic makers ready to engage with public media.

Support for the 2016 New Voices scholars comes from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and AIR producers everywhere.

Apply now!

To learn more about the experience, try “Get Into the (New Talent) Game” from 2013 New Voices captain Luis Perez and “Networking Really Isn’t the Worst” by 2014 New Voices captain Anthony Martinez.

Learn about the 2015 New Voices scholars.


 


NEW VOICES FAQ

Who is eligible to apply?

All producers and program makers who self-identify as part of a minority group are eligible to apply. The focus of the Third Coast Conference is radio/audio, but we welcome applicants from the full range of disciplines. All ages are welcome, but any applicant younger than 18 will need an adult sponsor to sign off on his or her application and handle funds.

What do you mean by “minority”?


We want to work with people who represent groups that are typically underrepresented in the public media ecosystem. This could be based on a candidate’s ethnic or racial background. The advisers who screen New Voices applications could select candidates with special abilities, those from low-wealth communities, or underrepresented parts of the country, or any number of categories. Their goal is to find candidates who bring a new and diverse mix to the conference, to the New Voices group, and to the industry in general.

How much experience are applicants expected to have?


There is no specific requirement in terms of experience, but we will be especially interested in producers attending the Third Coast Conference for the first time and those who are relatively new to working in public media.

What is the total cost of the conference?


The cost varies, based on your geography, but we generally estimate the cost at $1,600, depending on your travel cost and hotel choice. Your registration fee will be subtracted from the amount of scholarship funding you’re awarded. Many of our producers share rooms to offset expenses. If you’re selected, we can help with those decisions and connections.

What is the total value of the scholarship?

We invite applicants to consider and then identify the amount that they need in order to take advantage of this opportunity. The application form will include suggested amounts of support, but each applicant is responsible for identifying the amount that he or she might need.

Is there anything I need to do if I am awarded a scholarship?

Yes. AIR requires you to attend specific events at the conference. Your responsibilities would include manning the AIR table for one shift and attending a dedicated session at the conference (details to be determined, and subject to change). You will also be required to send AIR a brief report on your experience at the conference (750 – 1,000 words) by December 1, 2016. If you are chosen for a scholarship, you will be given specific instructions about what to include in the report at that time.

When will I know if I received a scholarship?

All applicants will hear from AIR no later than Sept.28, 2016.

If I am awarded a scholarship, when will I receive my funds?


Funding will be disbursed after the conference, as a reimbursement, within 30 days of your submission of a brief report on your experience at the conference, an invoice and a W-9 form.

For more information about the 2016 Third Coast Conference, please visit the Third Coast Website.

http://airmedia.org/programs/new-voices-scholarships/

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Travel scholarships available for conference on digital journalism preservation

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Dodging the Memory Hole 2016: Saving Online News forum organizers today announced a travel scholarship program for select graduate students to attend the forum at the UCLA Library on Oct. 13 and 14. The travel scholarship committee is especially interested in working with students from underrepresented and underserved communities. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31.

A Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services will support these DTMH-IMLS scholarships, which will be offered to students enrolled in graduate programs (e.g., library/information science, journalism, computer science or related fields) in the U.S. A minimum of 10 students will be selected for the awards. As part of their participation, recipients are expected to complete short-term projects supporting the goals of the conference (see forum goals below).

Award criteria

Selection of scholarship recipients will be based on availability of funding and a one-page letter of interest. This letter should provide justification of the requested funds, which are expected to be used primarily for reimbursement of travel-related expenses, and a project proposal for a deliverable that supports one or more of the six conference goals (see below). Proposed projects must be well defined and relatively short-term. Each scholarship recipient will be paired with a designated project sponsor. The scholarship recipient and primary sponsor will be responsible for clear and timely communication in order to complete the stated goals of the project satisfactorily and on time.

Application deadline

Send the letter of interest by email to mccaine@rjionline.org by Aug. 31 with “DTMH-IMLS 2016 Travel Scholarship” in the subject line. The one-page application should be a typed single-spaced letter in 12-point Times New Roman. Failure to follow these guidelines may invalidate the application.

Benefits

The following expenses will be eligible for reimbursement via scholarship funds:

  • Travel to and from the UCLA Library in Los Angeles.
  • Hotel rates and fees for two nights.
  • Per diem meals and expenses for two and a half days (some meals will be provided at the conference).

In addition, Wi-Fi access and other necessary incidental expenses may be covered, as determined in advance by the scholarship committee.

Eligibility

To be considered for the DTMH-IMLS 2016 scholarship, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Submission of a one-page letter of interest by Aug 31.
  • Current enrollment in a graduate program (e.g., library/information science, journalism, computer science or related fields) in the U.S.

Examples

Potential scholarship projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Authoring or editing a portion of an event-related white paper.
  • Visualizations of tweets and-or other social media mentions before, during and after the DTMH 2016 forum.
  • Providing an overview of the archival coverage of select news publishers.
  • A quick test of “archival readiness” of news publishers’ websites (e.g., 13 percent of web resources from latimes.com can not be archived due to access restrictions or technical difficulties.
  • Other scholarly output from the forum.

Thinking “outside the box” is encouraged.

Webinars

Those interested in a scholarship are encouraged to sign up for a one-hour webinar that will be held at 2 p.m. CDT Aug. 17. The webinar will provide contextual information that may be relevant to scholarship proposals. It will also provide prospective applicants the opportunity to talk directly to two of the DTMH-IMLS travel scholarship committee members.

About the Dodging the Memory Hole series

DTMH 2016 will be the fourth event in the Dodging the Memory Hole series, an outreach initiative of the Journalism Digital News Archive’s program to preserve born-digital journalism. News content created or captured for an online audience are vulnerable to a variety of threats including hardware failures, software obsolescence, environmental and human-caused disasters and link rot. The DTMH 2016 forum builds on previous efforts to save born-digital news content, but narrows the focus to protecting news content published online.

The forum goals are as follows:

  1. Produce and publish an outline for a proposed national agenda for preserving online born-digital news.
  2. Identify concrete roles for each stakeholder that will help accomplish this agenda.
  3. Facilitate cooperation and knowledge-sharing between news technologists and digital preservation experts.
  4. Examine how technology platforms such as content management systems can be adapted to work with existing digital preservation infrastructures.
  5. Better prepare students — especially those in library science, archival and museum studies and information sciences — for the digital preservation needs of 21st-century journalism.
  6. Identify specific projects that will advance online preservation practice today.

Reimbursement

Reimbursement of expenses will be dependent on the awardees’ project delivery on or before Jan. 15, 2017.

Contact

For more information about Dodging the Memory Hole or the DTMH-IMLS 2016 scholarship, contact Edward McCain, project principal investigator, atmccaine@rjionline.org.

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Alfred Friendly Press Partners Fellowship open

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Apply by: August 31, 2016

General Fellowship

Early-career professional journalists from developing countries with proficiency in English can apply for a six-month fellowship. Alfred Friendly provides fellows with basic and advanced hands-on instruction at the Missouri School of Journalism and places them in leading U.S. newsrooms. The successful candidate will be 25-35 years old and have at least three years of experience as a journalist at a print, online or broadcast media outlet. Participants work as staff reporters in their host newsrooms are required to develop training plans that they implement when they return to their home newsrooms. ​The ​all-inclusive ​fellowship starts in mid-March and ends in early September.

Click here to apply

Daniel Pearl Fellowship

Sharing the same goals, the Daniel Pearl Foundation partnered with Press Partners in 2003 to offer special fellowships to honor the life and work of journalist Daniel Pearl, The Wall Street Journal South Asia bureau chief who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in 2002. Daniel Pearl Fellows – eleven from Pakistan, four from Egypt and one from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Nepal, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen – have worked at The Berkshire Eagle/North Adams Transcript, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, ProPublica, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, Huffington Post (DC bureau), and The Wall Street Journal (Atlanta, New York and DC bureaus).

Click here to apply

Click here to learn more about the criteria of eligibility 

If you are a news organization executive in an emerging democracy and would like to sponsor a journalist from your newsroom, please contact Program Director David Reed (david@presspartners.org) for more details.

Fellowship Applications

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The Trace Is Looking for A Digital News Fellow

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The Trace is a new nonprofit digital magazine dedicated to daily, in-depth coverage of guns in America. Our founding staff of writers and editors have joined the team after tours at the New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Atlantic, ESSENCE, New York magazine, Time, and The Huffington Post.

We’re now looking for a talented, dependable, detail-oriented editorial fellow with interest and experience in news writing, social media and audience building.

This is a paid position based in New York City. A full-time candidate is preferred; the ability to work at least 20 hours a week is a must. The fellowship runs from September 1 – December 31.

The fellow will be assigned to specific duties, a breakdown for which appear below.

To apply, please send a resume, your best relevant clip or writing sample, and one great story or project idea to info@thetrace.org.

Digital News Fellow

  • Writing daily news briefs
  • Promoting The Trace’s editorial content and other relevant news on Facebook, Twitter, and other social platforms (prior experience managing social accounts for newsrooms is a plus)
  • Developing beat-reporting skills, actively pitching relevant story ideas to editors
  • Working with senior engagement editor to design and execute enterprising social projects
  • Mining social platforms for scoops, sources, story ideas, and other reporting opportunities
  • Writing smart, cleanly executed short-form posts optimized for social sharing
  • Fact-checking and contributing reporting to features
  • Updating and maintaining the editorial planning calendar
  • Updating and maintaining databases of Trace media mentions
  • Pitching in on other tasks and projects as needed

The Trace is committed to building a diverse newsroom. We encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities to apply.

The Trace Is Looking for A Digital News Fellow

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Audio of the 2016 NABJ Global Affairs Task Force Meeting

 

PBS sponsored the Annual Meeting of the NABJ Global Journalism Task Force at the NABJ/NAHJ Joint Convention in Washington, D.C.

The forum’s title was: The World Is Small: Increasing the Number of Minority Foreign Correspondents/

Telling the Story of a Changing World in Increasingly Dangerous Times

Even as the job becomes more dangerous, the need for more voices of color reporting global affairs becomes more vital. Our correspondents and experts discuss what the issues are and what is takes to do the job day, after day. after day. The need is urgent as: ISIS grows, Boko Haram persists, Cuba opens; the European Union unravels and the African Union transforms to become one. It is vital for Americans, particularly African Americans, to better understand what is happening globally. It is vital in a changing world that voices of color help tell that story.

Moderator: Gwen Ifill, PBS News Hour

Panelists: Ann Simmons, Global Development Writer/Editor, LA Times

Marc Lacey, New York Times

John Yearwood, The Yearwood Media Group

Alphonso Van Marsh, Beirut, Lebanon, international

journalist/former CBS, CNN correspondent

Dozens of NABJ members attending the taskforce’s meeting where the panelists shared their experiences of how they broke into international reporting and what their greatest successes and challenges have been. Ann Simmons recounted barely escaping a New Year’s Eve car bomb in Iraq as well as bringing the world’s attention to the plight of residents as a camp for amputees in Sierra Leone. “There was an outpouring of support… This is why I tell those stories: I want people to care,” she said.

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2016 NABJ Global Affairs Task Force Meeting

PBS sponsored the Annual Meeting of the NABJ Global Journalism Task Force at the NABJ/NAHJ Joint Convention in Washington, D.C.

The forum’s title was: The World Is Small: Increasing the Number of Minority Foreign Correspondents/

Telling the Story of a Changing World in Increasingly Dangerous Times

Even as the job becomes more dangerous, the need for more voices of color reporting global affairs becomes more vital. Our correspondents and experts discuss what the issues are and what is takes to do the job day, after day. after day. The need is urgent as: ISIS grows, Boko Haram persists, Cuba opens; the European Union unravels and the African Union transforms to become one. It is vital for Americans, particularly African Americans, to better understand what is happening globally. It is vital in a changing world that voices of color help tell that story.

Moderator: Gwen Ifill, PBS News Hour

Panelists: Ann Simmons, Global Development Writer/Editor, LA Times

Marc Lacey, New York Times

John Yearwood, The Yearwood Media Group

Alphonso Van Marsh, Beirut, Lebanon, international

journalist/former CBS, CNN correspondent

 

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