The Boston Globe hosts Spotlight Investigative Journalism Fellowship

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Investigative project proposals from experienced journalists with substantive bodies of published or produced work that have appeared in major print, broadcast, radio, or online outlets. Story leads must have a U.S. domestic focus and be of public interest. Particular consideration will be given to proposals that investigate serious wrongdoing and abuse of power in the public or private sector. The project may focus on events happening in one area of the country but should have national resonance and should show the likelihood that similar problems will be found in other places, including Massachusetts.

The selected journalist(s) will work as resident or nonresident fellow(s) at The Boston Globe and receive support, mentoring, and editorial guidance from the Globe editorial team.


  • Freelance journalists, as well as reporters and editors working at a news organization, may apply.
  • Investigative project proposals must be focused on a United States domestic issue.
  • Applicants must be U.S. residents and the age of majority in state of residence.
  • To accept the fellowship, the selected fellow(s) must sign an acceptance letter agreement, to be provided by The Boston Globe, that confirms the approved project, budget, and timeline.

The fellowship may be awarded by The Boston Globe in its sole discretion as either a single $100,000 award to one selected fellow or team or as two $50,000 awards to two selected fellows or teams. The fellow or fellows must be willing to team up with reporters and editors from The Boston Globe Spotlight Team and accept Globe editing for the story or project. The fellow or fellows must be available to Globe editors for guidance and adhere to the standards of the Globe, both in pursuit of the story and in what is published. Reporters with existing publications will be considered, and the Globe will be willing to work with editors from that publication and copublish the work. The Globe will own all rights, including the copyright, to any editorial content created and published by the Globe resulting from this program, and the applicant will agree to execute any requested written assignment of rights. Fellow(s) will be given appropriate story credit consistent with the Globe‘s editorial guidelines.

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DW Akademie has 10 full scholarships for journalists

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Young journalists, media managers and other communication professionals can apply.

DW Akademie is accepting applications for its International Media Studies program (IMS) in Bonn, Germany. Students who successfully complete the four-semester program will be awarded a master of arts degree.

The program offers a mix of research, lectures and practical experience and combines these disciplines: media and development, journalism, communications and media management.

Ten full scholarships are offered to applicants from Africa, Asia, Latin America or Eastern Europe.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and at least a year of professional experience in a media-related field. Applicants must also have a good command of German and English.

The deadline is March 31.

For more information, click here.

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Free online course on investigative journalism available

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Anyone can register to attend this online course.

Columbia University, through the edX platform, is offering the five-week course “Global muckraking: investigative journalism and global media,” starting Feb. 8.

Participants will learn how journalists can expose corruption and human rights and labor abuses. Topics include how journalists can act as government and corporate watchdogs, the hard and soft pressures on investigative journalism, stories of prominent reporters uncovering injustice from the late 19th century to today and trends in media innovation.

Registration is free, but those who want to receive a certificate must pay a US$50 fee. The estimated time for the course is 3 to 5 hours a week.

For more information, click here.

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NED offers grants for media projects

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Independent media organizations, civic groups and associations can apply.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is seeking proposals for projects that advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions.

NED encourages applications from organizations working in diverse environments including newly established democracies, semi-authoritarian countries, highly repressive societies and countries undergoing democratic transition.

Grant amounts vary depending on the size and scope of the projects, but the average grant lasts 12 months and is around US$50,000.

NED is interested in proposals from organizations for nonpartisan programs that seek to: promote and defend human rights and the rule of law, support freedom of information and independent media, and promote accountability and transparency.

The deadline to submit proposals is April 7.

For more information, click here.



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Earth Journalism Network offers grants for reporting on climate change

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The Earth Journalism Network is looking to capture these stories and support journalists in opening up the information flow around climate change issues in the region.

Story Themes

We are looking for story proposals focused on issues related to climate change resilience, adaptation, and natural resource management in the Pacific Islands, including gender implications and perspectives on these issues.

We welcome all story ideas, but proposals that focus on new stories or angles that have not been widely covered are preferred. Issues that have already been widely covered or don’t provide unique angles on the topic are less likely to be selected.

Story Formats

EJN is offering grants ranging up to a maximum of 500 USD, depending on the proposal and method of coverage, but it is of course advantageous to request smaller amounts. Applicants should provide a detailed budget using the template linked below with clear justification for the amount requested.

We expect that proposals will largely reflect the equipment that applicants already have access to, and we are less likely to approve budgets that focus on obtaining new supplies.

Please download and use this budget form for your application


  • Investigative piece or long form narrative: 2,500 to 5,000 words (can be combined with video, photos, graphics, and/or maps)
  • News article: 500 to 1,200 words
  • Multimedia package: Video piece 2-6 minutes in length that can be accompanied by possible graphics, photos, text, maps

*NOTE: Proposals for long-form narratives and news articles should include plans for accompanying multimedia elements such as photos and video.

Who should apply?

Journalists (online, print, television) and other media practitioners with a track record of reporting on environmental issues are welcome to apply. We encourage freelancers and staff from all types of media outlets—both large and small—to submit applications.

We are especially interested in stories that will be published in local media outlets across the Pacific Islands.

How to apply

New EJN members must register for an EJN account here before applying. When you submit this registration form, you will receive an e-mail containing a link that directs you to set your password (if you don’t find the e-mail in your Inbox, please check your spam folder).

Once you have set a password, you can log in to your account to submit an application.

If you experience difficulty with the online application please contact for support. Please include a description of your issue.


Please note that stories must be completed and published in the selected media outlet by July 7, 2017.

Publication of funded stories

It is a condition of the grant that Internews, USAID and the Pacific American Climate Fund can publish and distribute the funded stories. We encourage story writers and producers to publish or broadcast their stories in other media as long as Internews, USAID and the Pacific-American Climate Fund are also given rights to publish, broadcast and distribute them freely.

Funding for these stories is being provided by the Pacific-American Climate Fund and USAID as part of EJN’s “Pacific GeoJournalism Project: Strengthening Environmental Journalism to Build Community Resilience to Climate Change.” The project works to improve the quantity and quality of information on climate change impacts and resilience strategies available to communities, by enabling local media to produce fact-based, solutions-oriented coverage of climate change adaptation issues.

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International Women’s Media Foundation trip to Democratic Republic of the Congo



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Women journalists with at least three years of experience and excellent English skills can apply for a reporting trip.

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is accepting applications for a trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo as part of the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative. The trip will take place May 4  to 17.

One group of six journalists will report from Lubumbashi and surrounding areas in southeast Katanga province, while a second group of six journalists will work in Goma, North Kivu province.

Fellows will begin their trip in Nairobi, Kenya, where they will complete comprehensive security training and an orientation about the African Great Lakes region and focus country. Then, they will depart for a week of in-country reporting, where they will have the opportunity to network with local journalists, collaborate with international peers and access a wide range of sources and sites.

The IWMF pays for fellowship-related expenses including travel, lodging, meals and fixers/interpreters unless the fellow’s news organization wishes to assume these costs.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 21.

For more information, click here.

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ProPublica’s 2017 Data Institute


ProPublica is proud to open applications for our 2017 Data Institute, a free 11-day intensive workshop on how to use data, design and programming for journalism. The workshop will be from June 7 to June 21 in ProPublica’s New York offices. The deadline to apply is March 31. Apply here.

This year we’re excited to be partnering with the The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting. They are an organization dedicated to increasing and retaining reporters and editors of color in the field of investigative reporting. They do that through trainings, partnerships and mentoring. ProPublica will award one spot in our Class of 2017 to an Ida B. Wells Society member. If you are a member of the Ida B. Wells Society and are interested in applying, we’ll post a link to the application soon.

Geared towards journalists and journalism students, this workshop will cover everything from finding and analyzing data, to using colors and typography for better storytelling, to scraping a website using code. By the end of the Institute, students will have created an interactive data project from beginning to end, with help and guidance from some of the best designer/developer/data journalists in the world.

ProPublica’s News Apps team has worked on colleges that saddle poor students with debt, doctors who take money from drug companies, how much limbs are worth in different states, and even investigative space journalism. The workshop will cover step-by-step how ProPublica brainstorms, reports, designs and builds these types of interactive graphics and data-driven news applications.

One of the reasons we’re so excited about this workshop is because it is another step ProPublica is taking to increase the diversity of its own newsroom and beyond. That means training and empowering journalists from a broad array of social, ethnic and economic backgrounds. We are particularly dedicated to helping people from communities that have long been underrepresented not only in journalism but particularly in investigative and data journalism, including African Americans, Latinos, other people of color, women, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

The workshop is completely free to attend and ProPublica will cover travel and lodging, as well as breakfast and lunch during workshop days. Additionally, to make the Data Institute accessible to people for whom it would still be economically out of reach, ProPublica is offering a limited number of $1,000 stipends. Requests for stipends are part of the application.

The Data Institute is made possible by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

So don’t wait, apply now! Or email this description to someone who you think should apply.

If you have any questions, email


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Google News Lab Fellowship


We’re looking for students who are passionate about reporting and the role that technology can play in the pursuit of the craft. You must be a US student or a student studying in the US with a relevant visa to qualify. That said, we welcome students from all majors and degree programs. If the following sounds like you, we encourage you to apply:

You’re excited about journalism, especially data driven journalism or freedom of expression online. You’re interested in exploring and creating business models to help the industry in the digital age.

You have an excellent academic record, and a few activities that show you’re engaged outside of school. You think analytically and have a knack for research, writing, and communication. You’re a master multitasker who works quickly, smartly, and resourcefully. Experience with a web programming language like HTML or Javascript and spreadsheet software gives you an edge.

The 10-week Fellowship begins at Google’s World Headquarters in Mountain View, CA. After a few days at the Googleplex, Fellows will spend the next 9 weeks embedded on projects at a host organization.


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Call for Entries: The Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling


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The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in collaboration with ONE and the Elliott family seek entries for the inaugural 2017 Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling. Mike served as a distinguished editor at The Economist, Newsweek and Time before becoming CEO of ONE. Earlier this year, he had spoken of his dream to establish an award that would bring together his belief in great journalism with his commitment to progress in Africa.

This annual award in his name will honor an up-and-coming journalist in Africa who tells important stories through quality reporting.

The award winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize to pursue an in-depth reporting project. The winner will also spend time in U.S. newsrooms to learn new skills and receive mentorship from ICFJ, helping to catalyze additional reporting that engages and empowers Africans.

• The contest is open to up-and-coming, English-speaking journalists working for print, broadcast and online news media based in Africa.
• Applicants must submit a published story or series that reflects top-notch storytelling about important issues.
• Submissions can include feature stories; in-depth, investigative or explanatory pieces; or multimedia reports or documentaries.
• Published stories or broadcasts must be submitted in English. Works in other languages must include English translations.

Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., U.S. Eastern time, Monday, January 30, 2017. Apply here.

A distinguished jury will select the inaugural honoree. The winner will be announced March 15, 2017, and will be honored at ICFJ’s Board Dinner in New York on May 31, 2017.

For more information on the Michael Elliott Award, please send an email to Alyssa Mesich at

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Grant available for literary reporting

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The Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award is a grant of $12,500 to support the work of a promising early-career nonfiction writer on a story that uncovers truths about the human condition. In 2017 for the first time we will also name a runner-up, who will receive $2,500.

Offered for the first time in 2015, the Award has been endowed by individuals and organizations touched by the life and work of Matthew Power, a wide-roving and award-winning journalist who sought to live and share the experience of the individuals and places on which he was reporting. Power, a longtime friend of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, died in March 2014, while on assignment in Uganda.

The award proceeds from the recognition that many important stories need to be reported from afar, and that publications do not always have the resources to send a writer where the story is. The money need not be used exclusively for travel, but we expect that most successful applications will include such expenses.

A panel of NYU journalism professors, outside writers, and editors will review the proposals. Finalists may be asked to interview in person or by Skype.

The judges will be interested in perpetuating Power’s legacy, as his former editor Roger Hodge put it, of “strong, character-driven narratives with detailed scene writing and lyrical description.” Power was always open to the absurdity that often attends politics and international affairs; he was always searching, as he put it, for “the human truth beneath the sorry facts.” Power’s ultimate ambition, he added, was literary beauty.

That said, judges will be looking for a writer as singular in his or her own approach as Power was in his.

The award will not fund proposals to report on armed conflicts where journalists are already imperiled, nor projects that are mainly investigatory. Winners will receive visiting scholar privileges at NYU, granting them library access and, staffing and space permitting, an office.

Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award

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