Reporting Contest on Early Childhood Development


Journalists in Asia, Africa and Latin America have a chance to win a prestigious international study tour as part of a contest to recognize the best stories on early childhood development.

ICFJ will recognize in-depth, investigative or innovative reporting that has helped raise awareness on issues such as early nutrition, early child care, early education and their impact on a child’s future well-being and contributions to society.

Experts on early childhood development say that proper nutrition in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life has lasting impacts on his or her future. We are looking for compelling stories that explore topics such as this and others related to the health and development of children, with a special focus on children under 5 or on early interventions that affected a child’s later development.

Winners will be chosen in three categories: best report, best visual storytelling and best data-driven story. Each winner will receive a cash prize and a week-long trip to the United States to meet with global health experts and digital media pioneers.

Contest topics may include:

  • Causes and solutions for malnutrition in children under 5
  • The link between under-5 nutrition and learning ability
  • Quality of health care and/or child care for young children
  • The impact of child poverty and efforts to alleviate it
  • Reproductive health and its impact on child development
  • Latest neuroscience on early child development
  • Power of play and cognitive development
  • Importance of investing in the next generation

The deadline to enter is December 1, 2016


The contest is open to journalists from Asia, Africa and Latin America. Entries must have been published or aired between June 1, 2016, and December 1, 2016, and may include feature articles; in-depth, investigative or explanatory stories; multimedia reports or documentaries. The contest is open to print, broadcast and online journalists employed by a media outlet as well as affiliated freelance journalists. Submitted work must have appeared in a media outlet based in one of the regions.

Stories must be submitted in English. Works in any other languages must include an English translation.

Entries will be judged by an international panel of media and child development experts. Winners will be announced January 5, 2017.

Apply here.

For information on webinars and resources, click here.

For more information on the contest, contact Lanaea Featherstone or Jerri Eddings at

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CUNY offers business journalism fellowship


Journalists with at least five years of experience can apply for a fellowship.

The McGraw Center for Business Journalism at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism offers a fellowship program to support in-depth coverage of business and the global economy. The fellowship provides editorial and financial support to journalists who need the time and resources to tackle complex, time-consuming stories.

The program is accepting applications for longform print or radio pieces. Fellows will receive grants of US$5,000 a month for one to three months.

Freelance journalists as well as reporters and editors working at news organizations may apply. International journalists are also eligible as long as their reporting is completed in English and targeted to a U.S. media outlet and audience.

The application deadline is Nov. 30.

For more information, click here.

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Fellowship on digital tools accepting applications

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Apply today for a 2017 Kiplinger Fellowship through our online application. Deadline: midnight (EDT) on Oct. 31, 2016.

Journalists need at least five years of professional experience to apply (yes, internships count). International journalists are welcome to apply; all training will be conducted in English.

Before you begin the process, you may want to put together these four pieces, which you then can copy and paste into the online application:

1. A short bio (maximum of 150 words).

2. A short explanation of how the Kiplinger Fellowship would benefit you and your newsroom (maximum of 200 words).

3. Web links to three recent stories that showcase your talent.

4. Two references who know your work well (name, title, organization, email, phone).

An estimated 25 journalists will be selected for the weeklong fellowship program, which will be held April 23-28, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio.

The Kiplinger Fellowship will cover hotel accommodations for the week, provide many meals and a tuition-free week of immersive digital training. Fellows (or their news organizations) will be responsible for arranging and paying for transportation to and from Columbus. For journalists working outside the United States, limited travel stipends will be available, based on financial need.


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Graduate degree fellowship open for journalists

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Journalists who want to specialize their reporting can apply for a fellowship to a graduate degree in Hawaii.

The East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship funds master’s and doctoral degrees for graduate students from the Asia Pacific, Russia and the United States to attend the University of Hawaii.

Fellows participate in educational and research programs at the East-West Center, earning graduate certificate programs in international cultural studies, politics, economics, environmental change and more.

The fellowship covers tuition, fees, residence hall costs, health insurance, book allowance and a partial living stipend. The program begins August 2017.

Citizens from the United States and the following countries are eligible: American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Marianas, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna Islands, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, East Timor, Vietnam;  Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, China (Hong Kong, Macau, mainland, Taiwan), Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea and Russia.

The deadline to apply is Nov. 1.

For more information, click here.

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Planet Forward seeks student correspondents

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College students interested in environmental journalism and storytelling can apply for this program.

Planet Forward at George Washington University will select 10 students for the 2016-2017 Planet Forward Correspondent program.

Correspondents will work with Planet Forward’s media team to help them communicate science and sustainability. They will be expected to file six stories from their campus during the school year.

Selected participants will receive a travel grant to attend a major Planet Forward Summit April 6 and 7, 2017 in Washington.

The application deadline is Sept. 23.

For more information, click here.

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Residential fellowship in Germany


The American Academy offers residential fellowships to emerging as well as established scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin. Around two dozen Berlin Prizes are conferred annually. Past Berlin Prize recipients have included historians, economists, poets, art historians, journalists, legal scholars, anthropologists, musicologists, public policy experts, and writers, among others. The Academy does not accept project proposals in mathematics and the hard sciences.

In addition to placing a high priority on the independent work of its fellows, the Academy is in a unique position to aid fellows in establishing professional and general networks both in Berlin and beyond. The Academy’s public outreach, which facilitates the introduction of a fellow’s work to a wider audience, serves its mission of fostering transatlantic ties through cultural exchange.

Fellowships are typically awarded for an academic semester or, in some cases, for an entire academic year. Only the Bosch Fellowships in Public Policy may be for shorter stays of six to eight weeks. Fellowship benefits include round-trip airfare, Academy accommodations, partial board, and a stipend of $5,000 per month. The Academy’s furnished apartments at the Hans Arnhold Center are suitable for individuals and couples; accommodations are available for families with children at the Hans Arnhold Center or at nearby apartments. Fellows are expected to reside at the Hans Arnhold Center during the entire term of the award.

Fellowships are restricted to candidates based permanently in the US. US citizenship is not required, and American expatriates are not eligible. Candidates in academic disciplines are expected to have completed a doctorate at the time of application. Applicants working in most other fields – such as journalism, law, filmmaking, or public policy – must have equivalent professional degrees. Writers must have published at least one book at the time of application. Candidates should explain how their projects will benefit from a residency in Berlin, but they do not need to be working on German topics.

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Ida B. Wells Workshop Fellowships Available

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The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting is pleased to announce that it will be providing four fellowships for travel and lodging to attend our investigative reporting boot camps in Durham, Oct. 22-23, and in New York City, Jan. 21-22.


These fellowships, targeted for members who need financial assistance, will cover up to $300 for two nights in a hotel and up to $400 for travel.


To apply, send a letter of interest to the Society at that includes why you want to attend the bootcamp, why you need financial assistance, and a strong 2-3 paragraph pitch for a specific story or project you’d like to pursue following the bootcamp.


Deadline for submissions for the Durham bootcamp are Sept. 15, and Dec. 15 for the New York City bootcamp.

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Reveal Investigative Fellowship


The lack of diversity in the investigative journalism community is striking. Just look around at any leading investigative journalism conference to witness the glaring absence of journalists of color. The impact of this disparity can be profound. It affects the kinds of stories that are pursued, the sources consulted and the journalism produced. The result is an incomplete narrative shaped by the very sector of journalism intended to reveal the most about our society and the world.

Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting is launching a new project-based fellowship for emerging journalists of color. The Reveal Investigative Fellowship will emphasize development of investigative reporting skills andpromote diversity in journalism by helping build a pipeline of investigative reporters whose diverse backgrounds, experiences and interests will enrich the entire profession.

The fellowship, made possible through the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is intended for experienced working journalists already employed by another media outlet. Full-time freelance journalists also are encouraged to apply.

This fellowship opportunity is extended to journalists of color nationwide,with a particular focus on those reporting from or about underserved areas of poverty in the American South and the Southwest, as well as urban areas.

Fellows will travel to CIR’s San Francisco Bay Area headquarters for several consecutive weeks of embedded training. The rest of the yearlong fellowship will be spent at their home outlets or communities.

Fellows will receive a $10,000 stipend and a full year of mentoring and guidance from Reveal editors, producers and reporters. Support from Reveal staff will include coaching on data analysis, document requests, interviewing and vetting of sources, interviewing for audio and more – tailored to each fellow’s needs. In addition to the stipend, the fellowship pays for attendance during the fellowship year at the Investigative Reporters and Editors national conference or another investigative conference.

By the conclusion of the year, the fellows are expected to produce an investigation (a single story or series) for their home outlets and for one or more of Reveal’s properties, which include an hourlong public radio show broadcast on 300 stations nationwide, a podcast and the website. Freelance journalists will have their projects published across one or more Reveal platforms and, where appropriate, receive assistance in pitching their work to a relevant outlet.

Selection of the fellows begins with an application that includes an investigative story proposal. Reveal will help the top candidates refine their pitches and select up to four fellows a year for each of the next three years. Those finalists not chosen for the first year may reapply the next year. Text, multimedia and radio/audio reporters and producers all are encouraged to apply.

Before being awarded a fellowship, all finalists working at a home outlet will need to provide a letter from a supervising editor confirming the outlet’s willingness to allow the journalist to participate and co-publish the resulting work. If not selected, applicants’ story ideas will remain confidential.

To apply, fill out this form by Sept. 12. Questions about the application process can be sent to fellowship Director Martin G. Reynolds at

Reveal Investigative Fellowship

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Data Journalism/Storytelling Fellowship

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Looker is on a mission to bring better insights and data-driven decisions to every business. Everything we do is aimed at making sure our customers love every aspect of Looker, from our products and technologies to our ease of doing business and our support. We are looking for curiously brilliant individuals to join our team as we reinvent data analytics. Get data driven and see yourself at Looker.


Looker is seeking a storyteller or journalist who excels at exploring datasets, identifying fascinating findings in the data, and crafting the findings into compelling, shareable stories. In this role, you will work alongside Looker’s Chief Data Evangelist to identify and obtain promising datasets—from public entities and from Looker’s customers—so that they can be explored and visualized with Looker’s data platform. You should be able to take a story from the conception stage all the way to the final write-up we publish on our blog, our social channels, and in other venues.

This is a paid, full-time fellowship that will last four months.

Responsibilities include:

  • Communicating with data maintainers to obtain data from them
  • Cleaning and enriching datasets
  • Building data models so that the data can easily be explored in Looker
  • Slicing datasets in multiple ways to identify the most interesting findings vWriting up findings in accessible, compelling language for a general audience
  • Working with designers to present data visually in support of written content


  • Exceptional writing skills
  • Strong data analysis skills
  • Ability to self-manage and be productive with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated drive for continuous learning and self-improvement
  • Nose for ferreting out stories that will have broad appeal
  • Strong editorial sense to pare stories down to their essential elements
  • Experience manipulating large datasets

Would be great:

  • Proficiency in SQL/RDBMS technologies
  • Familiarity with public datasets
  • Foundation in basic statistical analysis and/or machine learning techniques
To Apply:

Send your resume, along with 2-3 examples of articles you’ve written and/or data analyses you’ve completed

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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.

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