Student Reporter Editor Fellowships, USA

Deadline: 15 March 2014
Open to: current Masters-level journalism students or similar, with more than 3 years professional experience in a newsroom, as freelance journalists, or journalism educators
Fellowship: $3,000(US) stipend for the candidate and a budget of $4,000 for project

Description

Student Reporter has been for two years working in journalism education and outreach. Through their conference reporting programs, they have incubated over 100 young writers and have covered business and economics phenomena at both niche workshops and large meetings of international organizations all over the world. In each of these projects, their editors are in charge of developing a coverage strategy around conference “beats”, training and leading the reporters (topic expert, but non-journalism, students), and publishing the outcome on our outlet, studentreporter.org. So their challenge to the journalism community is this: How do you cover a business or economics phenomena for the global under-30 crowd?

The organizers want to start with two elements: hacking the beat with a more phenomena-driven approach and involving the community of readers through hands-on practice in journalism (you will train them to reporters). Student Reporter fellows will practice these two elements from the ground up by picking a phenomena and covering it with a team of writers over a span of four months. Student Reporter Editor Fellowship Programme lasts for 4 months and is intended to journalism students to launch and manage their coverage project around a business or economics phenomena.

Responsibilities:

  • Conceptualize, initiate and manage a coverage project which consists of:
    – Building an “experimental newsroom” of five student reporters;
    – Managing publishing of 15 articles over a 2.5-month period (SR editorial and publishing team will support you);
    – Leading a major event coverage or field reporting trip with the student reporters.
  • Participation in an NYC work session, #HackTheBeat, with experts from the journalism community here (the organization will provide travel support);
  • Student Reporter estimates the workload from April – June to average out to be 10 hours a week (with a heavier load in the later months and a 4-5 day full-time commitment during the even coverage or field reporting trip).

Eligibility

  • Current Masters-level journalism students (or similar degree);
  • 3+ professional experience in a newsroom, as a freelance journalist, or journalism educator. Experience as an editor is a plus.

Fellowship

  • $3,000(US) stipend for you and a budget of $4,000 for project. This can be used for travel for you and your team, event planning, recruitment, and any other reporting costs;
  • An opportunity for you to apply classroom learnings through real practice in editorial programming, producing articles, and running your own “newsroom”;
  • Working with a team of passionate student reporters who will provide unique angles and topic expertise;
  • Possible international travel and field reporting trips;
  • Being involved with a fast-growing global youth media start-up.

Application

To apply, please fill out this application by 15 March 2014.

Program Dates:

  • 15 March: Fellows selection;
  • 29 March (tentative): Program kickoff and NYC work session;
  • 15 April – 30 June: Run projects and publish content;
  • 30 June: End of program webinar.

For any questions, please contact [email protected].

The official call.

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