New America’s Fellows Program invests in thinkers—journalists, scholars, filmmakers, and public policy analysts—who generate big, bold ideas that have an impact and spark new conversations about the most pressing issues of our day.
National Fellows advance ideas through research, reporting, analysis, and storytelling. We look for projects that are original and ambitious, with viable plans for their implementation. There is no set template for a successful fellowship project. Some projects focus on furthering a new public policy idea through either a domestic or international lens, while others illuminate longstanding dilemmas of American life from new angles. Our goal is to find bold, impactful thinkers and to fund them for a year; long enough to make progress on a book, develop a series of articles, produce a documentary, or work on another project that is accessible.
Support for National Fellows:
The Fellows Program aims to support National Fellows in three primary areas: provide funding to support talented individuals to pursue ambitious endeavors; build a community grounded in cohort gatherings that take place throughout the year; and provide access to platforms and partners that can support their work.
Stipends generally fall into the following levels: $15,000-$30,000. The mix of stipends offered each class varies widely depending on the type of applicants we take on and the funding we procure for that year. There is no need for candidates to address stipends, budgets, etc. in their proposal—you should use the space in your “Statement of Interest” to pitch your idea.
While you will officially become a National Fellow in September 2021, stipends will be paid in three installments starting in January of 2022 through August 2022 (consolidated to be paid during the 2022 calendar year).
The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism offers qualified journalists the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of business, economics, finance and technology, as well as gain a strong understanding of the business of journalism itself, in a yearlong, full-time program administered by the Journalism School.
Fellows typically take courses at Columbia’s graduate schools of journalism, business, law and international affairs; participate in off-the-record seminars with media, corporate and tech practitioners, and meet weekly with media CEOs, top editors, journalism entrepreneurs, taking advantage of Columbia’s access to New York’s media, business and tech ecosystem.
In scope and depth, it is the most comprehensive and rigorous business journalism fellowship in the world. Eligible Knight-Bagehot fellows (those with a B.A. degree from an accredited college) may also seek to qualify for a Master of Arts degree in journalism at the end of their year, if they opt to complete the course-work required for that degree.
The Fellowship runs during Columbia’s academic year from mid-August through May, and accepts up to 10 Fellows each year. Each Fellow receives free tuition, plus a stipend to offset living expenses in New York City and healthcare. For the 2020-2021 academic year, Fellows will receive a living stipend of $60,000 and health insurance. Housing is available in a Columbia-affiliated facility.
The fellowship is named for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation of Miami, which established an endowment for the program, and Walter Bagehot, the 19th-century editor of The Economist. The Knight Foundation has been the principal sponsor of the fellowship since 1987. The program also depends on grants from a number of other charitable foundations, corporations and publishing organizations for a significant portion of its annual budget. The sponsors have no role in the selection of fellows or the curriculum, which are entirely managed by the Director of the Program and the Journalism School.
O’Brien Fellows complete an in-depth reporting project of their choosing on a topic of state, regional, national or international interest over two academic semesters. See the Our Work section of our website for examples of the journalism produced by past fellows.
In the past, most Fellows have worked from a home base in the O’Brien newsroom in the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Due to COVID-19 we are accepting applications for remote, partial residency and full residency arrangements.
Mentor and team with top Marquette journalism students in the pursuit of an investigative or explanatory journalism project.
Staff-employed or independent journalists welcome. Applicants should have at least five years of professional experience and produce journalism regularly as an employee or freelancer. Applicants may be connected to print operations, radio, television, websites, podcasts, online publications, wire services, or magazines of general public interest. There are no academic prerequisites.
Applications from international journalists are welcome.
Stipend and Benefits
A stipend of $70,000 for nine months for your salary, paid to your sponsoring organization, or directly to the fellow in the case of independent journalists.
A residency allowance based on family requirements for fellows moving to the Milwaukee metropolitan area for the duration of the fellowship: up to $4,000 for a single, married or partnered fellow, up to $6,000 for a fellow with one child, up to $7,000 for a fellow with two children, up to $8,000 for a fellow with three or more children. Fellows submit rent receipts from the rental property owner. The allowance is paid in equal monthly installments over the course of the fellowship.
A moving allowance based on family size and distance. The allowance, covering the move to and from Milwaukee, ranges from $2,000 to $4,000 in total. (Fellows from the Milwaukee metropolitan area are not eligible for a moving allowance.)
A travel and research allowance up to $8,000. This covers project-related travel as well as technology, data and document costs and equipment needs.
Employee benefits continue to be paid by the fellow’s employer, where applicable. Please contact us if you have questions on this.
Fellows and their spouses are eligible during the fellowship for tuition remission (up to seven credits) for courses offered by Marquette University.
Selection and Criteria
A proposal to produce a rigorous, multimedia public service journalism project with the potential to have major impact, lead to significant reform, and investigate and explain how individuals and groups can identify creative solutions to social problems.
The ability to complete the project during the fellowship.
The ability to integrate Marquette students as part of a reporting team.
The capacity to ensure the greatest possible exposure for the reporting once completed.
An advisory committee consisting of distinguished journalists and Marquette faculty and alumni will interview candidates for O’Brien fellowships in Feb. 2020 from a pool of finalists recommended by College of Communication journalism faculty.
Following those interviews, the advisory committee will send a list of recommended fellows to the dean of the Diederich College of Communication for final review.
To qualify for this Fund, you must be a U.S.-based journalist of any gender (including men) targeted as a result of your reporting at events related to the highly charged political unrest and polarization in the U.S., including elections, civil movements and other challenging environments. You may request support for:
Immediate needs related to your professional work, such as medical aid, destroyed or stolen equipment and protective gear;
Long-term needs such as trauma, mental health services and referrals to legal support.
Applicants must be working journalists and must provide proof of their financial need. Funding is available to both staff journalists and those working independently.
To request assistance from the IWMF’s United States Journalism Emergency Fund, you must complete this preliminary questionnaire. Requests that do not meet the criteria above will not be considered. Requests will be reviewed in the order they were received.
If you have any questions relating to the IWMF’s United States Journalism Emergency Fund, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Launched in 2005, the Draper Hills Summer Program (DHSF) is a three-week intensive academic training program that is hosted annually at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. The program brings together a group of 25 to 30 mid-career practitioners in law, politics, government, private enterprise, civil society, and international development from all regions of the world. This training program provides a unique forum for emerging leaders to connect, exchange experiences, and receive academic training to enrich their knowledge and advance their work.
For three weeks during the summer, fellows participate in academic seminars that expose them to the theory and practice of democracy, development, and the rule of law. Delivered by leading Stanford faculty from the Stanford Law School, the Graduate School of Business, and the departments of economics and political science, these seminars allow emerging leaders to explore new institutional models and frameworks to enhance their ability to promote democratic change in their home countries.
Guest speakers from private foundations, think tanks, government, and the justice system provide a practitioners viewpoint on such pressing issues in the field. Summer Fellows also visit Silicon Valley technology firms such as Benetech, Google and Twitter to explore how technology tools and social media platforms are being used to catalyze democratic practices on a global scale.
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Each year, the Program selects a diverse cohort of World Fellows to spend four months together in residence at Yale University to grow intellectually, share knowledge, strengthen skills and expand networks.
World Fellows are people of character, integrity, energy and talent. They are dynamic, creative, disruptive and innovative. They are selfless leaders who serve, inspire and motivate others. They have demonstrated impact, they are on the rise in their careers, and they are ambitious to grow to their full potential.
Established in 2002, the Program now has a network of over 300 World Fellows contributing to their communities in 90 countries, connected to each other and to Yale.
During this four-week course, you’ll gain an understanding of why one of the oldest storytelling forms is having a renaissance thanks to technological changes. We’ll explore the fundamentals of great audio storytelling, podcasting, voice assistants, how to get audio to your audiences, and more.
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The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from individuals and organizations who wish to partner with us on innovative projects that strengthen journalism’s future.
Chosen projects often include devising new strategies or models to solve a problem, building new tools, creating a prototype or advancing a prototype so it’s ready for investment or launch. All projects will be built and implemented in a newsroom within the span of the 8 month fellowship.
Whatever your idea, its benefits should be able to extend to other news organizations and the people who depend on them. You will publish regular updates at rjionline.org to share what you’re learning and how it could benefit news organizations. At the end of your fellowship, you will publish the results and lessons learned from the implementation of your project after it has been tested or utilized in a newsroom.
RJI Fellowships are open to U.S. citizens and news organizations as well as international news outlets. We also welcome proposals from international journalists who plan to partner with U.S.-based news, technology and civil society organizations.
We have three types of RJI Fellowships:
Residential fellowships are designed for individuals who want to collaborate with RJI staff, students and faculty on-site at our institute in Columbia, Missouri. Residential fellows spend eight months on campus at the Missouri School of Journalism to take advantage of the intellectual and technological resources of RJI and the Missouri School of Journalism. Resource examples include access to programmers and app developers, support to conduct market research, and paid students to produce multimedia content.
Your final project — in the form of strategies, products or services — developed from the original idea will be shared with many news and news-related organizations. You must reside in Columbia, Missouri, for the duration of this fellowship. The project can be tested and implemented at one of the Mizzou newsrooms or another newsroom of your choice during your fellowship.WHO QUALIFIES:Anyone above the age of 18START DATE:June 1, 2021DURATION:8 months (two academic semesters)STIPEND:Fellows receive a $10,000 a month stipend and a one-time reimbursement for relocations up to $10,000.APPLICATION DEADLINE:Dec. 18, 2020
Nonresidential fellowships can tackle something you are interested in pursuing on your own or something that could benefit a current employer. You do not need to live in Columbia but you will need to make at least one visit to consult with RJI leadership and staff. Your project will be implemented and tested in the newsroom of your choice during your fellowship.WHO:Anyone above the age of 18START:Starting date is negotiableHOW LONG:8 monthsSTIPEND:Fellows receive a $20,000 stipend, payable quarterly in increments of $5000.APPLICATION DEADLINE:Dec. 18, 2020
Institutional fellowships are designed to unlock some of the thoughtful, meaningful ideas in your newsroom or company that for various reasons haven’t been able to be explored yet. RJI will collaborate with a leader at your institution or company who can develop the idea and lead a team that will make it a reality. That leader will be named an RJI Fellow but will continue working at his or her job. The stipend for this fellowship will be paid to the company or institution to be used for salary relief for the fellow, or for another purpose that the company or institution determines will best ensure the success of the fellowship project. The project will be implemented and tested at the institution or in a newsroom of their choice during the fellowship.WHO:Managers and executives from institutions or companiesSTART:Starting date is negotiableHOW LONG:8 monthsSTIPEND:Fellow’s institutions receive a $20,000 stipend, payable quarterly in increments of $5000 to the institutionAPPLICATION DEADLINE:Dec. 18, 2020
DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW The World is a one-hour, nationally distributed weekday radio public affairs program co-produced by GBH and PRX. The show offers a mix of news, features, interviews and music from around the globe, developed specifically for an American audience. The World’s companion website, TheWorld.org, offers a similar mix of news and features along with original analysis, photos, videos, podcasts and interactive graphics that expand on the radio content. The World and TheWorld.org use social media and other relevant tools to maximize audience engagement and enhance the user experience.
The Digital Reporter/Editor will be responsible for creating and editing content that appears on The World.org. Among the Digital Reporter/Editor’s responsibilities would be writing Top of The World, The World’s morning newsletter that provides a roundup of the day’s top international news stories and showcases The World’s best content.
In addition, the Digital Reporter/Editor will work closely with radio reporters and producers, as well as members of the digital team, to generate sharp story angles and optimize radio stories for digital platforms. The Digital Reporter/Editor will have the opportunity to write analysis pieces on a variety of international news topics to supplement ongoing radio coverage. They will also have the opportunity to contribute to the daily radio show. The Digital Reporter/Editor should be prepared to work with both the digital and radio teams to tell stories on both platforms.
The preferred candidate has a passion for international news and a demonstrated ability to write and edit stories with distinct angles. They should think beyond just words and find ways to translate stories via images, sound, social media and other formats. We’re looking for a talented, hardworking and versatile journalist.
This job is remote for the duration of the pandemic. It will eventually be based in our Boston newsroom.
Writes fast and accurately on deadline.
Communicate easily and clearly, and listens well.
Synthesizes news from a variety of sources and writes morning newsletter with voice and authority.
Monitors newsletter performance metrics in Campaign Monitor and is familiar with a variety of digital analytics tools, such as Chartbeat and Google Analytics.
Understands audio journalism and can comfortably identify the best storytelling approaches to translate radio-first stories for digital audiences. Works with The World radio producers and reporters to identify and develop distinctive angles for digital versions of radio stories.
Edits stories for content, organization and style before they’re published on TheWorld.org.
Writes and edits social media posts that accompany edited stories.
Writes headlines and participates in shareable headline clinics
Stays on top of best practices in digital journalism and is comfortable informally teaching colleagues.
Excellence in writing and experience improving others’ writing through editing.
Working knowledge of AP style.
Strong news judgment.
Familiarity with multimedia reporting tools.
Ability to collect data, establish facts and solve complex problems.
Ability to set and meet aggressive goals and to recognize successes and challenges associated with those goals. Highly organized but flexible, with the ability to handle multiple projects and work under tight deadlines.
Ability to embrace strategic direction and goals and to consider company-wide impact when making decisions.
In-depth experience creating or editing multimedia on a major content management system.
Ability to travel as required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree required. At least three years of increasing responsibilities and success in digital journalism. Experience in broadcast journalism or multi-platform journalism is a plus. Experience working collaboratively in a newsroom setting to develop story ideas and see them through.
This is a staff position
GBH is an equal opportunity employer. The community and audience we serve is diverse, and we wish to foster that diversity in our workplace. Toward that end, GBH does not discriminate against individuals in hiring, employment or promotion on the basis of race, religion, color, sex/gender, gender identity and gender expression, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, handicap or disability, veteran or military status, political belief, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.
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Investigative Reporting for Video (At Scripps/Newsy)
Data Reporting (At Scripps/Newsy)
Newsletter Reporting (At Propublica)
Illustrator and Visual Journalism (At ProPublica)
You will be required to select your top choice for a track and a second choice.
Investigative Reporting for Video (At Scripps/Newsy): Journalism is still about telling people something they didn’t know. Having the skills to find that information and synthesize into a compelling story is as crucial as ever. You’ll work with some of the best investigative journalists in the business to find important accountability stories. Your primary outlet will be broadcast, with a focus on visually immersive, documentary style video production and narrative storytelling like what is foundin this piece andthis one.
Data Reporting (At Scripps/Newsy): Our data team has been instrumental in bringing important investigative stories forward and spurring changes in communities and in agencies at the local, state and federal level. You’ll be part of a team that helps develop and vet story ideas and adds the power of data to all our reporting. As a key member of the data team, you’ll work with the entire newsroom in collecting, cleaning, evaluating and analyzing data – as well as turning thatdata into stories — and get practice using tools like QGIS, Google Earth, and Excel, and programming languages like R, Python, and SQL. You will also learn how to factcheck and bullet proof our data to ensure accuracy.
Newsletter Reporting (At ProPublica): ProPublica’s award-winning newsletter program has brought readers deeper into our journalism through original reporting and illuminating writing. In this role, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with investigative reporters to explain and contextualize findings, as well as doing reporting – and plenty of writing – of your own. We’re looking for someone with a journalism background and an interest in email newsletters.
Illustrator and Visual Journalism (At ProPublica): Illustration is a crucial part of ProPublica’s storytelling, representing stories on invisible, complex systems [propublica.org], subjects with protected identities [propublica.org], and circumstances outside of the reach of photography [features.propublica.org]. You’ll be collaborating directly with ProPublica’s art director and the editorial visuals team to create illustrations, animations, photo illustrations, and visual art to accompany our published work. Our ideal applicant is someone who has a strong interest in data and storytelling, is embarking upon a career as an illustrator/visual journalist and is hoping to create a portfolio of strong and expressive work for the future. You do not need to have a background in journalism. Applicants from fine art and interdisciplinary backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.
Can demonstrate their potential in their preferred specialty. That can mean having previous work in the area, or having a deep understanding of it.
Are committed to telling stories about abuses of power.
Are excited about all the ways we can do journalism nowadays: from deep data-digging, to working with readers, viewers and listeners to marrying narrative and investigative forms.
Really likes working with others. Many in newsrooms have their own superpowers, whether it’s sourcing, document-diving, data, engagement or design. The best work is often together. We know there are great candidates who won’t fit everything we’ve described above, or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. We are dedicated to improving our newsrooms, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. Everyone is encouraged to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities. Apply here.
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The NABJ Global Journalism Task Force exists to increase and improve black journalists’ coverage of other countries as well as the African Diaspora by strengthening resources, maintaining an international sourcebook and fostering the idea that reporters need not be foreign correspondents to cover news in the world’s 195 countries. The task force recognizes groundbreaking work by African journalists with the annual Percy Qoboza Award and provides opportunities for foreign coverage through the Ethel Payne Fellowship.