International Women’s Media Foundation organizes trip to South Sudan

 

As part of its African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, the IWMF will continue to lead groups of women journalists to the Central African Republic, DRC, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda between 2015-2018. By 2019, more than 250 women journalists will have helped reshape media narratives about the African Great Lakes region. Please subscribe to receive email updates and application deadlines.

If you are interested in participating in upcoming reporting trips, please review the application guidelines and frequently asked questions (FAQs), and sign up for our email updates below.

The first three days of each reporting trip will consist of comprehensive security training and an orientation. Fellows then depart for one week of in-country reporting where they will have the opportunity to network with other journalists, report independently and collaboratively with their peers, and gain access to a variety of sources and sites related to their reporting. The IWMF pays for fellowship-related costs within the framework of the reporting trip including travel, visa fees, lodging, meals and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs.

 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Affiliated or freelance women journalists currently working full time in the news media, with three (3) or more years of professional experience. Internships do not count toward professional experience.
  • Women journalists of all nationalities are welcome to apply.
  • Non-native English speakers must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program.
  • Applicant must be able to show proof of interest from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.

Application Guidelines

  • For each application cycle, applicants must choose one reporting trip to apply for.
  • The application asks for the following: basic personal information, CV, work samples, a statement of interest including detailed story pitches, a plan for publication, and a letter of support from an editor or a proven track record of publication.
  • All applications materials must be submitted in English.
  • See a complete sample application here.

https://iwmf.submittable.com/submit/115397/african-great-lakes-reporting-initiative-fellowship-juba-south-sudan-august

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The Kurt Schork Memorial Fund is now accepting submissions for its 2018 awards in international journalism.

Since its inception in 2002, the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund has sought to support those journalists Kurt most admired, the freelancers and local reporters whose work is often poorly paid, mostly unsung and all too often fraught with danger.

Today, the three annual awards, for freelance and local journalism and, since 2017, for newsfixers, are recognized worldwide as a mark of excellence and have an established track record for brave reporting on conflict, corruption and injustice.

The 17th annual call for awards is therefore now split into three categories:

  • Local Reporter award that recognizes the often over-looked work of journalists in developing nations or countries in transition who write about events in their homeland.
  • Freelance award for those journalists who travel to the world’s conflict zones, usually at great personal risk, to witness and report the impact and consequences of events.
  • News Fixer award rewarding local journalists and/or experts, hired by a visiting foreign reporter or news organization, whose guidance and local knowledge materially benefited the content, impact and reach of the stories submitted.

Each award is for $5,000 and will be presented at a prestigious ceremony in London in late October or November 2017. Since 2009, the awards ceremony has been hosted at the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s main offices in Canary Wharf, London.

The deadline for entries is midnight (GMT) on Wednesday, May 31.

If you would like to apply, or make a nomination for the newly introduced News Fixer award, please visit the 2018 entry form page which provides definitions for each of the award categories and will guide you through the application process. Some of the main detail is also included below:

2018 Submission criteria

  • Three separate articles must be submitted, including when journalists are nominating fixers for the new award.
  • The submitted articles must have been published between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.
  • Accepted media: any print-based medium, such as newspapers and magazines, or established online publications. Blogs, personal websites and social media pages or channels are not accepted.
  • Articles can encompass war reporting, human rights issues, cross-border troubles, corruption or other controversial matters impacting on people’s lives. Judges will be looking for professionalism, high journalistic standards, and evidence of dedication and courage in obtaining the story.
  • Because of problems with scanned entries and failed links in previous years, we require that each article be provided as a text file – MS Word (.doc or .docx) or similar text format (.rtf), or a PDF of a text file.
  • You may supply a URL link to your article(s), or a scan (as a PDF or JPG file) as supporting evidence of the publication context, but your entry will be disqualified if you do not also submit the required text files.
  • The awards panel will take into account nominations for fixers who have received more than one recommendation from journalists they have worked with.

Additional material you must provide:

  • a CV or resumé about your education and journalism career or about that of the fixer you are nominating.
  • a passport-quality photo (JPEG, GIF or PNG file, size no larger than 250Kb) of yourself or that of the fixer you are nominating.
  • a high standard English translation if the original articles are not in English.
  • a short statement explaining what you had to do to get the story.

In the case of the fixer award, we require from the nominating journalist:

  • A statement of nomination
  • A copy of the story or stories generated because of the nominated fixer’s involvement
  • A statement that the nominee is aware that he/ or she is being nominated and has given permission for the nomination (or perhaps the nomination for anonymous if win). The awards panel will take into account nominations for fixers who have received more than one recommendation from journalists they have worked with.
  • An acceptance from the nominator and nominee that they accept the terms of the competition
  • Two references

The maximum file size for text submissions or scans is 5Mb.

Entrants must complete the online entry form (or a PDF for printing and posting if not possible).

Enquiries

If you have any questions about the 2018 awards process, please write to enquiries@ksmfund.org.

Postal address: Ms. Belen Becerra, Thomson Reuters Foundation, 30 South Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5EP

http://www.ksmfund.org/2018-awards

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Fellowships available for writing retreat for women of color

Jack Jones Literary Arts is hosting its second annual writing retreat at Blue Sky Retreat, Taos, New Mexico. This two-week retreat will be held October 13- 27, 2018, and is open exclusively to women of color. Jenna Wortham joins us as our 2018 Writer-in-Residence.

As part of the retreat experience, Jack Jones is featuring daily Skype master classes with agents, editors and acclaimed women in publishing to promote networking, learning and engagement. These sessions are mandatory for retreat participants.

Housing includes individual writing suites with private bedroom, private baths, communal fireplaces, writing areas, wifi, and all meals are provided.

Professional and emerging women writers of color at work on book projects are eligible for residencies. Women with and without MFAs are eligible, and graduate students who are currently enrolled in a degree program are now eligible to apply for a fellowship. Unfortunately, the Blue Sky Retreat grounds do not support wheelchairs or walkers. We are making every effort to secure a location for 2019 that is both cost-effective and accessible.

To apply to the Jack Jones Literary Arts writing retreat, please fill out our online application. The application includes a project proposal, a reference and the writing sample. The  non-refundable application processing fee is $35 and can be paid by PayPal, debit or credit card. If you have any questions concerning the residency, please consult our FAQsPlease do not call our offices regarding the retreat. Your call will not be returned.

We are pleased to offer seventeen fully-funded scholarship opportunities. All reference letters need to be submitted by the application deadline. For fellowships that require income verification, you will need to provide your tax documentation once you are a finalist. No tax documentation is necessary if you do not make it to the final round. Please read the eligibility guidelines carefully. The application deadline is Sunday April 1, 2018 midnight/PST and recommendation letters need to be received by April 1, 2018 midnight/PST. Acceptance notifications will be mailed out through June 1, 2018.

Arrival at the retreat is Saturday, October 13, 2018 and departure is Saturday October 27, 2018.

The application process is highly competitive; please submit your strongest work and complete the application carefully.


THE FELLOWSHIPS

The Roxane Gay Fellowships
We are grateful to Roxane Gay, author of Not that Bad, How to be Heard, Difficult Women, Hunger, Bad Feminist, An Untamed State and Ayiti for fully funding these opportunities.

Fellowship one covers the full retreat attendance rate for a woman of color writing fiction. This fellowship includes a $500 travel reimbursement.

Fellowship two covers the full retreat attendance rate for a woman of color writing nonfiction. This fellowship includes a $500 travel reimbursement.

Fellowship three covers the full retreat attendance rate for a woman of color with financial need writing prose. This fellowship includes a $500 travel reimbursement. For the purposes of this application, financial need is defined as earning $40,000 or less for the previous tax year.  Need will be demonstrated at the finalist round.

Fellowship four covers the full retreat attendance rate for a woman of color with financial  need writing poetry. This fellowship includes a $500 travel reimbursement. For the purposes of this application, financial need is defined as earning $40,000 or less for the previous tax year.  Need will be demonstrated at the finalist round.

 

The Yi Dae Up Fellowships
We are grateful to novelist Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh and Queen of the Night, for fully funding these opportunities. Alexander has named this scholarship in memory of his late grandmother, Yi Dae Up, who began practicing the art of Chinese calligraphy in middle age after raising seven children, deferring her practice for marriage and family, and then going on to win national prizes for her art.” This fellowship is open to women writers of Asian American descent, and Asian immigrant women writers, writing prose,  and with the intention of encouraging older women to apply but not limited to them. Two awards will be granted: one in nonfiction and one in fiction.

These fellowships covers the full retreat attendance rate and include a $500 travel stipend.

 

The Writers of Immigration and Diaspora Fellowship
We are grateful to novelist Yoojin Grace Wuertz, author of Everything Belongs to Us, for fully funding this opportunity.

This fellowship covers the full retreat attendance rate and includes a $500 travel stipend for a woman of color writing fiction who is an immigrant or child of immigrants.

 

The Julia de Burgos Fellowship
We are  grateful to poets Eduardo Corral, author of Slow Lightning, and Rigoberto Gonzalez, author of  Butterfly Boy and other titles, for fully funding this opportunity. Thank you to Julie Turshen, author of  Feed the Resistance, for donating travel.

This fellowship covers the full retreat attendance rate and includes a $500 travel stipend for a Latina poet.

The Arab Women/Migrants from the Middle East Fellowship
We are grateful to 2017 Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat fellow Mona Chalabi and Kate Spencer and Doree Shafrir of Forever35 Podcast for fully funding this opportunity. Many thanks to Ellen Hagan, author of Hemisphere for donating travel.

This fellowship covers the full retreat attendance rate for an Arab woman/ woman of the Middle East writing prose. This fellowship includes a $500 travel stipend.

 

The Glendora Dunbar Fellowship
We are grateful to novelist Angela Flournoy, author of The Turner House, for fully funding this opportunity, and to friend and literary advocate Dwayne Betts, author of Bastards of  the Reagan Era and numerous other titlesfor providing a $500 travel stipend. Angela has named this scholarship in memory of her late grandmother.

This fellowship covers the full retreat attendance rate for an African American woman writing fiction and includes a $500 travel stipend.

 

The Audre Lorde Fellowship
We are grateful to an anonymous donor for fully funding this opportunity because of the impact Lorde’s The Cancer Journals had on his life and work. This fellowship includes a  travel stipend donated by novelist Lauren Francis-Sharma, author of ‘Til  the Well Runs Dry.

This fellowship covers the full retreat attendance rate for a black woman writer 30 or over writing poetry and includes a $500 travel stipend.

 

The Sylvia Rivera Fellowship
We are grateful to 2017 Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat fellow Meredith Ramirez Talusan, Executive Editor of them, for fully funding this opportunity. This fellowship does not include a travel stipend.

This fellowship covers the full retreat attendance rate for a trans woman of  color writing prose. This fellowship does not include a travel stipend.

The Octavia Butler Fellowship for a Genre Writer
We are grateful to Olivia A. Cole, author of A Conspiracy of Stars and the Panther in the Hive series, for fully funding this opportunity.  This fellowship includes a $500 travel stipend donated by friend and client Rion Amilcar Scott, author of Insurrections.

This fellowship covers the full retreat attendance rate for a woman of color prose writer working in speculative, scifi, horror or mystery. This fellowship includes a $500 travel stipend.

The Natalie Diaz Fellowship for a Native/Indigenous Writer
Thank you to Natalie Diaz, author of  When My Brother Was an Aztec, for fully funding this opportunity. This fellowship includes a travel stipend donated by 2017 Jack Jones Literary Arts retreat fellow Conley Lyons.

This fellowship covers the full retreat attendance rate for a Native/Indigenous woman writer working in any genre and includes a $500 travel stipend.

The Petra Mattos Ramos Fellowship for an Afro Latina Prose Writer
Jaquira Diaz fully funded this opportunity in honor of her late grandmother. This fellowship includes travel thanks to an anonymous donor.

This fellowship covers the full retreat attendance rate for an Afro Latina prose writer  and includes a $500 travel stipend.

The Jack Jones Literary Arts Fellowship for an Undocumented Poet
Jack Jones Literary Arts fully -funded this opportunity. We are grateful to poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of Oceanic and other titles, for providing travel.

This fellowship covers the full retreat attendance rate for an undocumented woman of  color poet. This fellowship includes a $500 travel stipend.

Black Daughter of  the American South Fellowship
Jack Jones Literary Arts fully funded this opportunity.  A special thank you to novelist Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage, for donating travel.

This fellowship covers the full retreat attendance rate for a black woman prose writer from  the South, or whose work centers the American South. Quoting our friends at Oxford American, we are looking for a writing that “documents the complexity and vitality of the American South.”  This fellowship includes a $500 travel stipend.

http://www.jackjonesliteraryarts.com/the-retreat/

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The New York Times seeks journalists

The writer of the Europe edition of the New York Times Morning Briefing guides readers through the most important or interesting news of the day and collects the best of The Times in a user-friendly, scannable format. This person is at the helm of one of our most popular digital features.

Briefing writers are responsible for creating a helpful, accessible news guide, brand new each day, that highlights the breadth and depth of our journalism for readers with a range of backgrounds and levels of familiarity with The Times. They must be masters of brevity and conversational language.

The job requires quickly getting the gist of the stories that will drive the day, from The Times and other outlets; weaving them into a concise but substantive narrative; and navigating a complex editorial and production workflow on a tight deadline.

We’re seeking candidates who are thinkers, writers, newshounds and citizens of the world. They should be excited to connect with and adapt to their audience; this includes tracking reader behavior and responding personally to readers who send feedback. They also must be comfortable with the production duties required to distribute the briefing, and willing to learn new platforms and skills as it evolves.

Ideal candidates will have the following attributes:

  • Strong news judgment and writing skills.
  • Ability to collaborate with distant editors and correspondents.
  • A passion for international news; familiarity with major European governmental processes, economies and history. Experience living in multiple countries preferred.
  • A commitment to understanding the needs and behaviors of our audience.

This excluded position is based in Hong Kong to align with an extremely early deadline, to reach European readers. However, applicants interested in working a night shift in New York or an overnight shift in London may also apply.

https://nytimes.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/INYT/job/Hong-Kong/Writer–Morning-Briefing—Europe-edition_REQ-002643-1

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Scholarships for foreign correspondent program in Finland available

Have you always wanted to visit Finland? Have you ever wondered what the Finnish society and Finnish way of life look like? How does spending three weeks in the country, and finding out yourself, sound to you?

ThisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents’ programme will be organized again in August of 2018. The programme is a once in a lifetime opportunity for young journalists and social media influencers. During the three weeks you will get to know Finland from its world-renown education system to inspiring business solutions and from vibrant urban life to pristine nature, and everything in between!

WHO’S ELIGIBLE?

This year’s Foreign Correspondents’ Programme is definitely for you, if you are:

  1. An aspiring journalist (graduate or student due to graduate soon) with some work experience in a media house (TV, print or web) or an influencer in social media, for example an accomplished blogger or vlogger;
  2. A citizen or permanent resident of the following countries: Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand and United States;
  3. Born between 1989 and 1998;
  4. Able to work and communicate fluently in English;
  5. Interested in learning new things, meeting people from different cultures and spending three weeks in a foreign country;
  6. Excited to become a lifelong friend of Finland!

WHAT DOES THE PROGRAMME INCLUDE?

The Foreign Correspondents’ Programme starts on 6 August and ends on 24 August, 2018. The programme is intensive, and includes briefings on various subjects, meetings with Finnish professionals and visits to business enterprises, cultural sites and institutions. It also includes a weekend stay as the guest of a Finnish family.

The programme provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about Finland, Finnish society and the Finnish way of life. It also offers the means to enhance your professional skills, as well as expand your network of professional colleagues and international friends.

WHAT COSTS ARE COVERED?

The scholarship covers the costs of travel to and from Finland, local travel in Helsinki, accommodation and the daily programme, including transportation and some meals. The programme does not cover medical insurance, per diem allowance or meals not listed as part of the programme.

APPLICATIONS?

The closing date for applications is 30 March 2018 at 11.59 pm local time.

All application documents should be written in English and include:

  1. Attached application form
  2. Curriculum vitae including photo
  3. A work sample, or an essay (600-800 words) or link to a short video (2-3 minutes) emphasising your interest in Finland.

All applications are sent by e-mail to the relevant Finnish Embassy or Consulate. Please visit their website for more information:

BrazilChina, Colombia,  EgyptIndiaJapanKenyaLebanon,  MexicoNigeriaPeru,  Republic of KoreaSingaporeSouth AfricaThailand and United States.

MORE INFORMATION?

Facebook: thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents’ Programme

Website: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland: thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents’ Programme

Website: thisisFINLAND.fi

https://fcp.finland.fi/attention-aspiring-journalists-thisisfinland-foreign-correspondents-programme-is-looking-for-participants/
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ProPublica seeks fellows for Electionland Project

You won’t be covering the horse race — you’ll be covering voting itself: voting rights, election integrity, cyber security of election systems, etc. And you’ll be helping journalists across the country cover it, too.

Electionland started in the run-up to the 2016 election. It was the largest collaborative journalism project ever to cover a single event. More than 1,100 journalists took part. This is your chance to be at the very center of its next chapter. You’ll report your own stories — like this one— and help support dozens of hand-picked journalists do local reporting — like this— on voting rights and election integrity.

Reporting fellows at ProPublica have gone on to work at The New York Times, Bloomberg, Politico, NPR, Center for Public Integrity and the Chicago Tribune — as well as ProPublica itself.

The fellowship is full time, runs from early June through the election, and is paid. It will be based at our newsroom in New York.

There are two kinds of fellowships available: Reporting and Data/Interactive Graphics.

For the reporting fellowship, we’re looking for someone who:

  • Has terrific research chops, with experience generating data sets for reporting.
  • Is committed to aggressively reporting stories about election integrity and voting rights.
  • Is truly excited about helping local reporters do excellent journalism on Election Day, and is willing to think creatively about the best ways to collaborate across newsrooms.

For the data/interactive graphics fellowship, we’re looking for someone who:

  • Has experience building interactive graphics using JavaScript and HTML/CSS and/or web projects using a framework like Django or Ruby on Rails.
  • Wants to build tools to help readers, researchers and reporters find important insights in large data sets.
  • Has experience (volunteer or paid) working in journalism, open data, civic hacking, etc.

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. There’s a place on the application for you to tell us more.

We are dedicated to improving our newsroom, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. (Here is a breakdown of our own staff.) We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages, and we’re taking active steps to meet this commitment. We especially encourage members of historically underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

What you should send us

The most important part by far is your past work. In the application, you’ll be asked to send us your best clips or URLs to your best interactive projects. If you played an uncredited role, that’s ok too. You’ll have a chance to tell us what you did for the project.

We’ll also ask you to submit a memo that describes what you think you’d add to a project like Electionland. Do you have experience doing collaborative work? Tell us about it! Do you have experience doing in-depth research? Tell us about that, too.

We also want you to do amazing reporting during your time here. Tell us what kind of stories you’d most like to cover as part of Electionland. What specific voting issues do you want to cover? How would those stories be told? How would you imagine achieving impact? Show us how you think.

If all of this sounds exciting to you, apply using one of these forms:

The deadline for applications is March 31.

Have questions? Email scott.klein@propublica.org.

https://www.propublica.org/atpropublica/propublica-is-seeking-fellows-for-its-electionland-project

 

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Mother Jones offers fellowship

So you want to be a journalist. You want to learn how a great magazine comes together, how to cover breaking news, how investigations happen, how awards are won. You want skills, you want experience, and you wouldn’t mind cash. Well, you’ve come to the right place.

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—from making news to making it pretty, ensuring its impact, and mastering the inner workings of nonprofit publishing. Fellowship positions include:

Mother Jones fellowships are full-time positions lasting six months, with the opportunity to extend the position for an additional six months after that. New fellowship cohorts begin twice a year, on June 1 and December 1, and applications for each cohort are due on April 1 and October 1, respectively, unless otherwise noted (see below for more details on 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 unable to furnish work visas for those applying from outside of the United States. With additional questions regarding eligibility, please email us at fellowships@motherjones.com.

Fellows receive a $2,275 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 research-intensive foray into investigative journalism. Fellows work closely with reporters and editors on everything from fact-checking and researching to reporting. You’ll receive training in every aspect of the editorial process, from research tools and tactics to libel law and reporting strategies. 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. By fact-checking our investigations, author Q&As, and front-of-the-book 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 and are expected and encouraged to write for the web on subjects including politics, climate change, criminal justice, 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.

We are currently accepting applications for our June 1 cohort. Applications are due April 1. To learn how to apply, click here.

 

Online Editorial Fellowship (San Francisco): Are you obsessed with digital media and eager to strengthen the accuracy and quality of what gets passed around the internet? Online editorial fellows work alongside our editorial fellows to fact-check, produce, and improve content, but they also work under the direction of our web production team to build and test new digital-based projects that keep our website looking fresh. Online editorial fellows are expected and encouraged to write for the web on subjects including politics, climate change, criminal justice, reproductive rights, and culture. Applicants should have experience with the back end of at least one CMS, a working knowledge of HTML and experience with Photoshop, and social media mastery of at least two platforms.

We are currently accepting applications for our June 1 cohort. Applications are due April 1. To learn how 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 Media Fellowship (New York City): The digital media fellow helps keep Mother Jones current on social platforms and enhances our multimedia coverage of breaking news—especially with snappy, smart video. This fellow works closely with the digital and multimedia news team to learn about every aspect of modern online publishing, collaborating with seasoned editors and reporters. You’ll also attend regular skill-building sessions covering topics that span the operations of a media organization. Applications should have experience with video editing; familiarity with Adobe Creative Cloud suite (especially Premiere); evidence of hands-on production, including for video and shooting in the field; comfort with content management systems; a zeal for online news and media; and a working knowledge of HTML and experience with Photoshop.

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 editorial, 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, and in which office, you are applying for, as well as which start date you are interested in.
  • In the body of your email, please clearly state: which position, and in which office, you are applying for, 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 videos you have worked on, describing what role you played in their production (i.e. editor, shooter, producer, etc.).
  • Two writing samples (links to online versions preferred).
  • In the body of your email, please clearly state: which position, and in which office, you are applying for, as well as which start date you are interested in.

 

The Ben Bagdikian Fellowship Program

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Fund for Investigative Journalism Grant

Off the Coast of Gorée Island

The Fund for Investigative Journalism’s Board of Directors meets three times each year to consider grant applications for investigative projects. The next deadline is Monday, May 7, 2018 at 11:59 pm Eastern time.

The maximum grant is $10,000. Grants cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection and equipment rental. The Fund also considers requests for small stipends, as part of the budget.

With the generosity of the Scripps Howard Foundation, FIJ has the ability to provide mentors to a select number of our grant recipients.

To apply for a grant (and request a mentor), visit: investigate.submittable.com.

The application portal will be open at least one month before the deadline.

If you are not prepared to apply for the current round of grants, one additional opportunity will be available later this year, with the following deadline: Monday, September 24.

Letter of Commitment. Before you apply, be sure to obtain a “Letter of Commitment” from a news editor, pledging that news outlet will publish or air the specific story you propose – as long as it meets the publication’s expectations and standards. This letter should not be thought of as an unqualified pledge. If the work is not satisfactory, the news outlet cannot be expected to publish it. FIJ needs this commitment before it makes a grant because it doesn’t have the capacity to help reporters place stories. The letter must be written on letterhead that includes contact information for the news outlet and the individual signing it.

The Board of Directors looks for:  stories that break new ground and expose wrongdoing – such as corruption, malfeasance, or misuse of power – in the public and private sectors.

The Fund encourages proposals written for ethnic media and submitted by journalists of color.

It is Fund policy to pay the first half of approved grants to successful applicants, with the second half of the grant paid on evidence of publication of a finished project in accordance with the original proposal. Second half grants are not guaranteed if projects are not completed in a timely fashion.

Application requirements include a proposal, resume, work sample, budget, and a letter of commitment from a news outlet pledging to run the story if it is completed as proposed and meets the news organization’s journalistic standards. All application documents must be written in English and budgets expressed in U.S. dollars.

Guidelines for international reporting grants: To be considered, foreign-based story proposals must come from US-based reporters or have a strong US angle, involving American citizens, government, or business. All stories must be published in English and have a media outlet in the United States.

Budget guidelines: Your estimated budget must itemize expenses of reporting such as travel, document fees, equipment rentals, and small stipends. Be specific. Vague line items may be denied. Identify other sources of funding. If you are applying for a book grant, provide detail as to resources available from the publisher, and explain why a grant is needed.

Disclaimer of Liability: The Fund for Investigative Journalism’s role in assisting journalists is limited to making grants. The Fund assumes no liability for the legal and/or safety risks undertaken by journalists in the course of their reporting.

Mentors: FIJ now offers a competitive opportunity to be matched with a mentor. FIJ operates this program in partnership with Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Environmental Journalists, with seed funding from the Scripps Howard Foundation. As part of the application form, we ask that you explain how a mentor can help you and whether you can commit to keep your mentor informed of your progress.  Mentors act as sounding boards, and work with grantees over the length of their projects. If you were previously awarded a grant and are seeking a mentor, please contact FIJ for information on how to apply.

Questions: Executive Director Sandy Bergo and Director of Operations Bobby Calvan welcome questions about the application process and requirements by email, sbergo@fij.orgbcalvan@fij.org, or phone, 202-662-7564. Contact us before the application deadline and we will be happy to help. Application materials cannot be changed after they are submitted.

Review: The Board of Directors reviews and votes on all eligible proposals. Approximately six weeks after the application deadline has passed, applicants will be notified by email of the board’s decision.

Additional resources available to investigative reporters: Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors (FIRE) for grants and services such as researchers and pro-bono lawyers, http://www.projectword.org/fire/guidelines; The George Polk Grants for Investigative Reporting, liu.edu/polk/grants; The Investigative Fund, http://www.theinvestigativefund.org/; the Pulitzer Center, http://pulitzercenter.org/;  for economic and business topics: McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalismand The Society of Environmental Journalists, http://www.sej.org/initiatives/fej-program-guidelines. For a residential fellowship, the Logan Nonfiction Program, http://careyinstitute.org/programs/nonfiction/nonfiction-fellowship/  Contact each organization directly to learn what these programs currently offer, their application requirements and deadlines.

 

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Reporting fellowships to El Salvador and US/Mexico border available

REPORTING TRIP DATES: June 14 – 29, 2018

DEADLINE: March 26, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (New York)

APPLY: IWMF’s Submittable page

The IWMF is pleased to announce its Reporting Fellowships to El Salvador and the U.S./Mexico Border: Laredo and Eagle Pass, Texas. A group of journalists will report on Rural Security and Development from San Salvador, El Salvador. Concurrently, another group of journalists will cover Trade and its Human Impact from the U.S./Mexico Border: Laredo and Eagle Pass, Texas with the opportunity for limited travel across the border. These opportunities are part of the Adelante Reporting Initiative. The work of the 95 IWMF Adelante Fellows has been published and aired by leading media outlets around the world. The IWMF will continue to lead reporting trips to Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and the Mexico-United States border until 2020.

ABOUT THE REPORTING TRIPS: Both trips will take place June 14 – 29, 2018, which includes travel dates. All Fellows will begin their trip in Mexico City, Mexico, where they will complete a four-day, comprehensive security training and an orientation about Latin America and Adelante focused countries from June 14 – 18. Fellows then depart for a nine-day, independent or team reporting trip in San Salvador or Laredo and Eagle Pass, Texas with the opportunity for limited travel across the U.S./Mexico border.

Fellows will have the opportunity to network with in-country journalists, collaborate with international peers, and access a wide range of sources and sites relevant to their reporting. The IWMF reserves the right to change reporting locations based on the real-time security situation in both locations. The feasibility of day trips outside the base locations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and determined by IWMF security protocols.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Affiliated or freelance women journalists with three (3) or more years of professional experience working in news media. Internships do not count toward professional experience;
  • Women journalists of all nationalities are welcome to apply;
  • Non-native English speakers must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program;
  • Applicant must be able to show proof of interest from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.

Have questions about the application process? Want to hear from IWMF Fellows about their experiences on the ground? Before submitting an application, journalists are encouraged to review the application criteria and frequently asked questions (FAQs). Also check out our most recent Adelante Reporting Fellowship Twitter Chat and a sample application.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AND EXPENSES: The IWMF arranges travel and in-country logistics for all Fellows within the scope of the Fellowship base location and trip dates. The IWMF also covers Fellowship-related costs within the framework of the reporting trip including travel, lodging, meals, and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs. Visa costs will also be covered. Fellows living outside the U.S. are responsible for procuring all necessary visas, for which they will be reimbursed at the conclusion of the Fellowship.

ONLINE APPLICATION: The IWMF will accept online applications from February 20 – March 26, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (New York). Apply using the IWMF’s Submittable page.

 

Call for Applications: Reporting Fellowships to El Salvador & U.S./Mexico Border – June 2018

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Bringing Home the World: International Reporting Fellowship Program for Minority Journalists

 

The Bringing Home the World Fellowship sends U.S. minority journalists overseas to cover stories that resonate with their local communities. We aim to support diverse new voices and fresh perspectives on underreported global issues, and advance minority journalists’ careers. Applications are now open! Scroll below to learn more and apply by March 25, 2018.

The program is founded on the belief that if you change the storyteller you change the story.

Since the program began in 2011, fellows have produced hundreds of stories that have propelled their careers and enriched their audiences.

About the Fellowship

The program provides support for fellows to report in-country for up to two weeks, including costs for travel, lodging, and interpreters.

ICFJ brings the selected fellows to Washington, D.C., for a comprehensive orientation that includes story workshopping, safety training, multimedia storytelling, and advice on how to work with fixers/interpreters. We offer a mentor with knowledge of the country to be visited, who can connect fellows with sources on the ground.

Fellows must complete their stories by a given date and publish or air them in U.S. media outlets as well as in ICFJ’s online compendium of fellowship stories. ICFJ also assists freelance fellows to place their stories in major news outlets.

Apply to the Fellowship

The fellowship is open to English-speaking minority journalists working at a U.S. news organization or as freelance journalists in the United States. However, stories are not required to be published in English only. Apply for the fellowship by March 25, 2018.

Tips for applying: Please consult a Q&A chat here with past fellows, as well as this article .

Key 2018 dates:

March 25: Application deadline

May 1: Selected journalists are notified

May 30-June 1: Orientation in Washington, D.C. (all fellows are required to attend)

Aug. 30: Last date to complete reporting trip

Oct. 1: Deadline to publish or broadcast stories

 

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