2017 California Data Fellowship


Date and Time:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 to Saturday, October 28, 2017
Program Description:

The California Data Fellowship introduces 10 competitively-selected California journalists to a wealth of data sources that can inform and elevate their health reporting. The all-expenses-paid program, funded with generous grants from the California HealthCare Foundation and The California Endowment, includes a $2,000 reporting stipend. Up to three of the 10 Fellows will also receive community engagement grants of $2,000. The Fellowship is designed for reporters who want to harness and analyze data that can shape health care decision-making, policy and legislation across California and beyond. It will help skilled journalists to mine health data to reveal key insights essential to high-impact journalism.

Over the course of four days, Fellows also will learn how to integrate the growing wealth of California health data – on procedures, providers, costs, conditions and demographics — into reporting about health issues in their communities.  Editors will be invited to participate in a half-day project brainstorming session with other Fellows and editors. Over the six months after the training, our highly skilled Senior Fellows, Paul Overberg, a distinguished data journalist at the Wall Street Journal, and Cheryl Phillips, Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Professional Journalism at Stanford University and a member of the California Civic Data Coalition, will provide guidance as each Fellow works on a substantive data-informed health journalism project of importance to his or her community.

The Center prioritizes joint applications from partnering mainstream and ethnic media teams.

The California Health Data Reporting Fund, a competitive grants program, underwrites substantive data-informed health reporting. Fellows receive $2,000 to support research and reporting. The Fund supports projects on health policy topics including mental health and substance abuse; healthcare costs and healthcare financing; the performance of California’s safety net; the patient experience; the healthcare workforce; health care coordination; the use of opioid drugs; end of life and palliative care; telemedicine and the use of technology in health care delivery; data transparency and the health care industry; maternity care and cancer care.

The Community Engagement Fund provides grants of $2,000 to three of the California Data Fellows to underwrite innovative community engagement strategies.


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Journalist Safety training

The ACOS Alliance is an unprecedented coalition of news organizations, freelance journalist associations and press freedom organizations working together to champion safe and responsible journalistic practices for freelance and local journalists worldwide. The Alliance facilitates collaborative initiatives to improve the safety of journalists exposed to danger.

Over the last year, ACOS has brought together news organizations and NGOs around joined safety training activities. This Standard Application Form aims at building a database of freelance journalists in need of safety training. This form should help us to reach out to individual freelancers when relevant opportunities for safety training arise, and to coordinate a response to current needs in partnership with news organizations and NGOs.

As we are launching this form, the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation is offering an opportunity for 12 freelance journalists to have access to a 3 day hostile environment safety training course, to take place in Virginia, USA from 14 – 16 September. The Foley Training Grants cover course fees, including accommodation and food for the duration of the course, but do not cover travel to and from the course venue. The course is delivered by Pangolin, a recognized course provider working for several major news organizations. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance once they have completed the course. If you are interested in applying to the Foley Training Grants, please complete this form by Friday 1 September. Applications that don’t get selected for this course will be kept on file, and freelancers may be contacted in relation to future opportunities. If you need more information about the upcoming course in Virginia, please email amy.coyne@jamesfoleyfoundation.org.


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French-American Foundation 2017 Immigration Journalism Award

Applying is easy!
Just fill in a form, submit your piece with two work samples, and provide contact information for two professional references (no letter of recommendation necessary). All journalism formats are accepted (print, video, photo, etc.). The deadline has been extended to September 3rd, 2017.
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Fund for Investigative Journalism Fellowship

FIJ’s 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.

FIJ encourages proposals written for ethnic media as well as those submitted by journalists of color. Grants average $5,000 but can be as high as $10,000. They cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental. FIJ also considers requests for small stipends.

It is FIJ policy to pay the first half of approved grants to successful applicants, with the second half of the grant paid on publication of a finished project in accordance with the original proposal and within the agreed deadline (generally one year after the grant is issued).

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.

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

To apply, please address the prompts in the application form. You may save your work and come back to the application, but once you press APPLY on the final page you will not have a chance to make changes. Applications for this round automatically close at 11:59 pm (Eastern time zone) Monday, Sept. 25, 2017.


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Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media

The Poynter Institute and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will once again offer a transformative, tuition-free leadership program to train the best and brightest journalists of color working in digital media.
Applications are now open for the 2017 Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media. The academy, offered to 25 participants, will take place Dec. 3-8, 2017, at the Poynter campus in St. Petersburg, Florida. Tuition is free, thanks to the generous support of the program’s naming sponsor, TEGNA Foundation, with additional funding from The New York Times. To learn more and apply by Aug. 18, go here.

Featuring prominent leaders in the startup, tech and media fields, faculty will be led by Mizell Stewart III, vice president of news operations for the USA TODAY Network, and Ju-Don Marshall, a digital media strategist and chief content officer, WFAE-FM, the NPR station in Charlotte, N.C. They will be joined by NABJ President Sarah Glover, social media editor for NBC Owned Television Stations; Rashida Jones, senior vice president of specials for NBC News and MSNBC; Russ Torres, vice president, digital video content and strategy, USA TODAY Network; Benét Wilson, founder and editor-in-chief, Aviation Queen LLC; Tim Wong, senior director, UX and design, USA TODAY Network; and Amanda Zamora; chief audience officer, Texas Tribune.

This intensive, tuition-free program will address the unique issues journalists of color face on the path to leadership in digital journalism and technology organizations. It combines the efforts of the global leader in journalism education, The Poynter Institute, and the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, NABJ, to promote diversity in newsrooms and create cutting-edge opportunities for career development.

For more information on providing financial support, please contact Elisa Jackson, executive director of the Poynter Foundation, at ejackson@poynter.org or NABJ president Sarah Glover at nabjpresident21@gmail.com.
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Dart Fellowships for reporting on conflict & violence

Reporting responsibly and credibly on violence or traumatic events — on street crime and family violence, natural disasters and accidents, war and genocide — is a major challenge. The Ochberg Fellowship enables outstanding journalists from around the globe to explore these critical issues during a week of seminars held at Columbia University in New York City. Program activities include briefings by prominent interdisciplinary experts in the trauma and mental health fields; conversations with journalist colleagues on issues of ethics and craft; and a variety of other opportunities for intellectual engagement and peer learning.

The Fellowship is led by a core faculty of prominent journalists and mental health professionals associated with the Dart Center, along with a visiting faculty. Past speakers have included:

  • Judith Lewis Herman, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and author of Trauma and Recovery.
  • Jonathan Shay, M.D. Ph.D., Clinical Psychiatrist, MacArthur Fellow and author of Achilles in Vietnam and Odysseus in America.
  • Chicago “violence interrupter” Eddie Bocanegra with Alex Kotlowitz, producer of the documentary film “The Interrupters” and author, There Are No Children Here.
  • Karestan Koenen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
  • Jessica Stern, author of Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill and Denial: A Memoir of Terror.
  • Steven Southwick, M.D., Glenn H. Greenberg Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine and co-author, Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges.

The fellowship is named in honor of Frank Ochberg, M.D., a pioneer in the study of trauma.

The program will be held January 15-20, 2018 at Columbia University in New York City.

The fellowship covers roundtrip airfare to/from New York City, ground transportation in New York, hotel accommodations for the duration of the program and all meals.

Application deadline: September 22, 2017. For application guidelines, click here. 


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Travel scholarships available to COP23 Environmental Conference

In light of the barriers facing the participation of youth from the Global South, the GSS 2017 will provide the necessary financial resources to enable more young people to attend COY13 and COP23 who otherwise would not have the opportunity. Alongside covering the costs of their participation (travel, accommodation, food, etc), the GSS 2017 will also provide a robust capacity building program to empower Global South participation which is effective, rather than tokenistic. In order to realize this meaningful engagement, the GSS 2017 will take the following objectives:

Recipients of GSS shall make an impact at COP23 and get involved with YOUNGO

Since the scholars come from a Global South background, with their own experiences from local and regional networks, they will bring certain very new perspectives and stories. They will feed their experience in the debates, raise awareness, and push for the urgency of a more ambitious climate policy. Their intended activities at COP will also be a criterion for their selection. At the same time, it will serve as an induction and training for scholars to be engaged with YOUNGO and its different working groups (such as ACE Working Group, COY Working Group, Policy Operations Team, Finance Working Groups and several others), right after their selection.

Recipients shall be empowered by this GSS program:

Taking into account their intended activities at COP23, and their background, the Scholars will undergo a dedicated capacity building program created in collaboration with the GSS-FC, YOUNGO Capacity Building WG, and IYCM member organizations. Conducted online prior to COP23 and later in person together in Bonn, they will receive trainings and webinars through engagement of experts (including those from YOUNGO) and trainer that prepare their knowledge and understanding of the UNFCCC process and develop concrete strategies for them to effectively engage there. They will also consider how to share this experience once they return home. Thus, the GSS 2017 will empower the Global South Scholars not only for COP23 but also in the long-term so that they will function as multipliers in their communities and regional environmental networks.

GSS 2017


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The Poynter Minority Writers Workshop Seeks Applications

Opinion writing plays a vital role in explanatory, features and watchdog journalism, and is important in a thriving democracy. This four-day seminar, funded by the Association of Opinion Journalists, will foster the diversity of voices necessary in the profession and train the next generation of opinion writers from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. The seminar will focus on fact-based opinion writing — and using social media to spark a conversation — across digital and other platforms.

You’ll learn the skills to:

  • Develop and hone your arguments, presenting these arguments effectively and persuasively
  • Support your arguments using solid research and reporting
  • Strengthen your reporting skills with an emphasis on fairness and accuracy
  • Maximize your journalistic success on digital and social media platforms — using social media to build your brand, present your ideas and spark a conversation
  • Generate strong ideas for your opinion pieces, broadening your access to diverse points of view
  • Focus your ideas, developing a compelling pitch to editors

COST: This seminar is being offered at no charge to selected participants based in the United States. Slots are limited. The program sponsors will cover tuition and hotel costs. A small travel stipend will be available. More details will follow after the selection process.

Here is our proposed schedule:
THURSDAY, November 2
6:00-7:00 p.m. ~ Reception and Dinner
7:00-7:30 p.m. ~ Welcome and “The Real Me” Introductions
7:30-8:45 p.m. ~ Opinion Writing in the Digital Age ~ Keith Woods
• This session seeks inspire and emphasize the relevance of bringing diverse voices to opinion writing across all platforms.
• The session will also socialize the idea that opinion writing has expanded to blogs, social media, more personal platforms — and is often occurring outside of traditional media organizations.
• How do we have a call to arms to take this craft seriously, to do the important research and reporting that ground the pieces in fact?
8:45 p.m. ~ Adjourn

FRIDAY, November 3
8:30-10:00 a.m. ~ The Keys to Effective Opinion Writing ~ Eric Deggans
• This session focuses on the nuts and bolts of opinion writing. What ingredients do you need for an effective piece?
• How has opinion writing expanded to include analysis, perspective, personal essay, arts and cultural criticism?
• Discuss the difference between voice and opinion.
• What is the role of reporting in effective opinion writing?
• What is the role of persuasion? There’s a difference between getting your opinion out there, and actually having people listen to you.
10:00-10:15 a.m. ~ Break
10:15-11:45 a.m. ~ The Power of Social Media ~ Joy Mayer
• Use social media to build your brand, present your ideas and be part of a conversation. If you want to get people talking, how do you set the stage? How do you join conversations, and how do you start conversations?
11:45-12:00 p.m. ~ Group Photo
12:00-1:00 p.m. ~ Lunch
1:00-2:30 p.m. ~ Generating Great Ideas ~ Aisha Sultan
• This session will help the participants spark and develop an idea to write about.
• How do you get diverse ideas and broaden your access to different people?
• How do you develop ideas that break new ground? Finding angles that are fresh, that readers haven’t thought of.
2:30-2:45 p.m. ~ Break
2:45-4:00 p.m. ~ Time for Writing
• Break into four small groups; each group has a coach.
4:00-5:00 p.m. ~ Small Group Critiques ~ (Coaches: Eric, Tom Huang, Aisha, Keith)
• In their small groups, each participant will read from their draft and get feedback from the coach and the group.
5:00 p.m. ~ Adjourn

Saturday, November 4
8:30-10:00 a.m. ~ Writing the Personal Essay ~ Keith
• This session introduces the concept of writing from your own experience; it can include column writing or longer writing.
10:00-10:15 a.m. ~ Break
10:15-11:45 a.m. ~ Writing for Audio ~ Eric
• Basic and useful tips and techniques for presenting your opinion pieces and commentary on an audio platform.
11:45-12:45 p.m. ~ Lunch
12:45-2:15 p.m. ~ What is my opinion piece really about? ~ Tom
• Find the heart of your story through five focusing questions; use the focus to develop a strong pitch for your piece.
2:15-2:30 p.m. ~ Break
2:30-4:00 p.m. ~ Time for Writing
• Break into four small groups; each group has a coach.
4:00-5:00 p.m. ~ Small Group Critiques ~ (Coaches: Eric, Tom Huang, Aisha, Keith)
• In their small groups, each participant will read from their draft and get feedback from the coach and the group.
5:00 p.m. ~ Adjourn

Sunday, November 5
9:00-10:30 a.m. ~ Final Readings
• Each participant reads an excerpt from his or her piece.
10:30-11:00 a.m. ~ Evaluations
11:00-11:30 a.m. ~ Graduation and Farewells

To apply, click here.

DEADLINE: The application deadline for this program is Monday, Aug. 14. Selected applicants will be notified by e-mail after Aug. 17.

The Power of Diverse Voices workshop grew out of the Minority Writers Seminar, a collaboration between the Association of Opinion Journalists and The Poynter Institute. The original seminar ran for nearly two decades at the John Seigenthaler Center on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

Questions or need more information? Contact us at seminars@poynter.org.

Who Will Benefit:
Enrollment is open to new and mid-career journalists of color based in the United States looking to add effective opinion writing to their tool kit, as well as those building a career path toward opinion journalism. Minority journalism students, journalism educators, freelancers and opinion journalists who work online or in social media are also encouraged to apply.
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Uncovering Security Workshop

The news media plays a vital role in documenting conflict, instability and other security threats around the world. But the media can also play a role in helping to build resilience and prevent instability, by providing high quality reporting that highlights potential crises before they spiral out of control.The Thomson Reuters Foundation, in partnership with the Stanley Foundation and Gerda Henkel Stiftung, invites applications from journalists to take part in a unique media skills development programme designed to strengthen stories on under-covered security threats and responses across the globe.

The programme will support journalists to collaborate with researchers to uncover emerging threats in specific communities, countries or regions worldwide, and produce stories that reach a wide audience. Uncovering Security was launched in 2016 to give journalists and researchers who are interested in similar security-related topics the opportunity to work together – to learn from each other, to share skills, expertise, resources and contacts. The results of this pilot program revealed many benefits to this kind of cooperation.  We are excited to launch this programme again to foster new collaborations and to support outstanding reporting.

The programme features:

  • A three-day residential Story Lab (8-11 January 2018) taking place near London that will bring together journalists, security researchers, and experts to share insight on emerging security situations and explore or refine story ideas (costs of participation are covered by the programme)
  • The opportunity to collaborate with researchers and apply for small grants to cover the cost of reporting stories.
  • Access to experienced journalists who have covered security stories all over the world, and who can provide advice and editorial guidance
  • Support with pitching stories to international publication platforms if needed.

All applicants are asked to submit a story idea that could be developed during the programme. If accepted, journalists will not necessarily be expected to pursue this story idea. During the seminar, journalists may learn of a different story, or modify their original story.

Here are some possible story topics – although we welcome ideas that concern other security threats in any region of the world:

  • Mass violence and atrocities – How are risks for mass violence and atrocities in some areas creating spillover effects in other areas, and are there local, regional or global responses that can strengthen societal resilience to reduce these risks?
  • Global peacekeeping – Given the number and range of security threats globally, are there new approaches to sustaining peace that hold promise?
  • Nuclear weapons –How are emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and 3D printing creating new risks for the use of nuclear weapons?
  • Migration – how is the movement of people, whether voluntary or forced, contributing to worsening security?
  • Climate Change – Where could climate change introduce security threats, or multiply problems in areas already prone to conflict?


We are looking for:

  • Journalists working for media outlets in the developing world, or the USA, Canada or Germany
  • At least three years’ experience in journalism
  • Experience covering security situations would be an advantage
  • Journalists working in any medium, or multiple media
  • Staff journalists or freelancers may apply. If you are a freelancer, your primary work should be journalism
  • Must be fluent in English


The programme will cover all transport and subsistence costs of journalists participating in this programme.


Click here to access the application form. The deadline is 4th September 2017.When applying you will be asked to upload the following documents – please have these ready:

  •  2 relevant work samples (maximum file size 5 MB). Please choose samples that relate to the themes of this programme.
  • A letter from your editor consenting to your participation in the programme and committing to publish/broadcast resulting stories. If you are a freelancer, please supply a letter from an editor who regularly takes your work.

Please note you will be asked to submit one or more story ideas within your application. If you are selected, you can refine or change your story idea during the programme.



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Initiative for diversity in investigative reporting on social justice seeks candidates

The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) and the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University are accepting applications for a project designed to broaden opportunities for diverse journalists in independent investigative reporting.The initiative invites applications that will enhance opportunities for investigative reporting on social justice issues, with an emphasis on supporting women and people of color.

Pioneered with support from the Ford Foundation, this is the second consecutive year that grants and matching fellowships will be offered to help journalists of diverse backgrounds — widely recognized as underrepresented in the ranks of U.S. independent investigative reporters — to report and write important stories about unreported or underreported social justice issues.

Four independent, U.S.-based reporters with strong proposals to investigate significant systemic or social justice issues will be selected. One of those will be chosen as a “Rising Star” who will also receive funding for mentorship support.

The selected journalists will receive competitively awarded grants from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, which will provide up to $10,000 to pay the expenses of reporting a specific investigative story, covering costs such as travel, document fees, equipment rentals, and small stipends.

Recipients will also be awarded Schuster Institute fellowships, which will give them an academic appointment and institutional home, access to paid research assistance, the extensive offerings of Brandeis University’s library and technology services, mentoring, editorial guidance, and opportunities for pro bono, media-related legal advice from a major New York firm. The Schuster Institute will help publicize the fellows’ work through press releases, social media and the Institute’s websites. As a fellow, they will join the Institute’s innovative “Newsroom Without Walls,” a growing community of Schuster Institute fellows and research scholars who regularly share ideas, advice and support. The fellowships do not require residency at Brandeis University and the fellows are not paid.

The work must be completed within one year.

“The Fund is proud to partner with the Schuster Institute on these diversity fellowships. We are on the leading edge of a growing effort to address a terrible imbalance in our business,” said FIJ president Ricardo Sandoval Palos. “This valuable experience, with the resources and mentorship provided by the Schuster Institute and Brandeis University, creates an important new opportunity for a long-neglected community of investigative journalists. Over the course of a year, they’ll be weaving important stories with great potential for social impact and change.”

Florence Graves, founding director of the Schuster Institute, agrees. “Collaborating with our colleagues at FIJ and with the new fellows selected in the first round of this diversity initiative has been a rewarding experience for all of us at the Institute. If this year’s applications and story proposals are anything like last year’s, we’ll have trouble narrowing it down to just four worthy candidates. Moreover, the funding provided by the Ford Foundation for this project can make the difference for freelance journalists struggling to find a way to shine a light on significant social justice problems so that the public and policymakers can be more fully informed and take action.”

Eligibility requirements

Applications that support reporting by diverse journalists, with an emphasis on women and people of color, working in any type of media — print, audio, video, online — will be considered.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens but can be reporting from abroad.

Application deadline

Applications may be submitted online through Nov. 1, 2017, and we will announce grantees and fellows in January 2018.

How to apply

Apply online at investigate.submittable.com. If after reading about the entry process you still have questions, please email FIJSchusterInstitute@gmail.com.

In the meantime, please check the FIJ and Schuster Institute Facebook pages, and #FIJSchuster on Twitter for updates.


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