Harvard’s Abrams Nieman Fellowship for Local Investigative Journalism

The Abrams Nieman Fellowship for Local Investigative Journalism

The Abrams Nieman Fellowship for Local Investigative Journalism was created to bolster deeply reported local and regional news stories in underserved communities throughout the United States.

Funded by the Abrams Foundation, the fellowship in the 2018-19 academic year will fund up to three Nieman Fellowships for U.S. journalists who cover news in areas of the United States where resources are scarce. The fellowship additionally will fund up to nine months of fieldwork at the fellow’s home news organization after two semesters at Harvard – or in the case of freelance journalists, a newsroom partner. During the fieldwork period, the Abrams Nieman Fellows may expand or develop an investigative project that will provide better, more in-depth coverage of issues important to the communities they serve.

This pilot fellowship program grows out of a shared belief by the Nieman Foundation and the Abrams Foundation that public service fact-based local and regional investigative journalism is a vital component in a healthy democracy and is in need of new and creative means of support.

At Harvard, the Abrams Nieman Fellows will acquire new knowledge and skills, broaden their understanding of issues important to their communities, build leadership potential and develop an extensive network of expert contacts and potential collaborators in preparation of their fieldwork. The fellowship in broader terms is designed to strengthen journalism in some newsrooms that lack the means to support deep investigations important to local communities.

During their fieldwork, the Abrams Nieman Fellows will work on a public service reporting project for their home news organization and participate in specialized journalism education. During this time, the Abrams Nieman Fellows will return to Harvard University periodically and may create materials and content for Nieman Foundation publications. The fellows may also learn new skills such as audience development and engagement; database journalism; digital storytelling; FOIA requests and research, narrative reporting; and investigative tools and techniques.

The Abrams Nieman Fellowship additionally will provide opportunities for the fellows to build a support network of local journalists looking to collaborate on long-term reporting projects. Journalists who apply for the fellowship may be working on a project they wish to expand in some new way, or make plans to develop a new project during their fieldwork. Nieman alumni, many of whom have produced award-winning investigative work in small markets, will serve as advisors to the Abrams Nieman Fellows.

Candidates for the fellowship must be working journalists with at least five years of full-time media experience. Print, radio, TV and online editors and journalists are all eligible, as are freelancers. The application deadline for the 2018-19 Abrams Nieman Fellowships is Feb. 15, 2018. Information about the application process is available on the How to Apply webpage.

Applicants for the Abrams Nieman Fellowship will be required to provide a short (no more than 500 words) fieldwork proposal.

Those who work within a news organization must request a letter of support for the fieldwork project from their employer. The employer also must state the intent of the news organization to permit the applicant to work on the project for the duration of the fieldwork period. If the immediate supervisor who is writing one of the three letters of recommendation will also submit the letter of support, that person may do so within a single letter.

Freelance applicants are not required to have a letter of support but will be asked to indicate potential partner organizations for their fieldwork project.

AAJA Scholarship & Internship Opportunities for College Students

Dear Teachers, Faculty and Friends,
The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is now accepting applications for various scholarship and fellowship opportunities for journalism students, including our signature college and graduate-level journalism program VOICES, an all-expenses-paid training fellowship program. The clock is ticking, so take advantage and share the opportunities below with your students!

For a complete list of AAJA scholarships, grants and internship opportunities, please visit our website. Applicants do not have to identify as Asian American to apply for most of our opportunities.

Questions? Please contact Justin Seiter, AAJA Program Coordinator, at justins@aaja.org.
Apply for VOICES 2018
VOICES is an all-expenses-paid, week-long program open to college students of all ethnicities and backgrounds. Selected students will be mentored by professional journalists and will work on projects during the 2018 AAJA National Convention in Houston, TX. Travel and lodging to the convention is covered for the selected students. Apply by Sunday, March 25.

 

2018 Al Young Sports Journalism Scholarship
The AAJA Sports Task Force offers a $2,000 scholarship to support the college tuition of a student pursuing a career in sports journalism. Apply by Wednesday, January 10.
2018 NBC News Summer Fellowship
The AAJA/NBC News Summer Fellowship offers students a full-time, paid experience with one of the world’s leading news divisions. Fellows will have the opportunity to join The Today Show, Nightly News with Lester Holt, Dateline, MSNBC or CNBC. Housing stipends are available for selected candidates. Apply by Thursday, February 21.

Call for Applications, the 2017 Angkor Photo Workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Deadline:  15th July 2017, 5pm (GMT+7)
Open to: photographers from this countries
Venue: 3– 12 December 2017 in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Description

The Angkor Photo Workshop is an annual tuition-free professional workshop aimed at nurturing emerging talent from Asia. Each year, 30 participants are selected from across the region to join us in Siem Reap, Cambodia, for an intensive week-long workshop conducted by international professional photographers who volunteer their time and expertise to be a part of this initiative.

Participants will expected to complete one photo story each during the workshop, and will be guided by their tutors through all stages – from conceptualizing story ideas and refining your photographic approach, to improving your techniques and the final, important step of picture editing. We believe in diversity and originality, and we want you to develop your own unique photographic style and vision.

Eligibility

In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be either a student or professional photographer of Asian nationality with less than 5 years of professional experience.
  • The workshop will be conducted in English.
  • Participants will have to bring their own digital DSLR camera and laptop.
  • Participants should be able to use basic photo editing software (eg: Lightroom, Photoshop, Aperture etc.)

Costs

  • The workshop is tuition-free, with no application fee.
  • Accommodation will be provided from 2nd December – 12th December, 2017. (Checkout on 13th December)
  • Participants have to make their own travel arrangements to Siem Reap, Cambodia.
  • Visa fees and transport expenses are not provided.

Application

Read this Application Guide & F.A.Q. first. Incomplete or incorrectly-filled forms will not be accepted.
 Application is done via our online form – click the Application Form tab above to access the form.
 The form will request for: a Brief CV/Resume, a Personal Statement (max 250 words), and a Portfolio of Work.

[ BRIEF CV / RESUME – What to include]

For Students:
 Course and institution of study
 Expected year of graduation
 Any previous photography workshops/internships/courses attended

For Professionals:
 Details on current and previous professional experience (including freelance and internships)
 Any previous photography workshops/internships/courses attended

[ PERSONAL STATEMENT ]

 We want to get to know you better. Tell us about your experience with photography, and why you would like to attend our workshop. (Maximum 250 words).

[ PORTFOLIO SUBMISSION ]

Your portfolio of work should reflect your vision and style as a photographer.
• Filename: All images should include your full name. (Eg: Amy_Tan_001.jpg)
• Number of images: Minimum 12 – Maximum 20 photos per portfolio
• Image Size: 2,000 pixels on longer side / 72dpi / JPG format / Medium quality (8)

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, check the FAQ section or write to: workshops@angkor-photo.com.

The official web-page.

Call for Applications, StratCom Youth Academy 2017 in Riga, Latvia

Deadline:  5 June 2017
Open to: participants between the ages of 20 and 27 years old, linked to any ATA/YATA chapter
Venue: 5– 6 July, 2017 in Riga, Latvia

Description

Stratcom Youth Academy 2017 is a unique possibility for future leaders to raise awareness about the concept and current trends of strategic communications and the role of media in the modern politics. The Academy will be taking place simultaneously with one of the leading strategic communications forums in Europe organized by the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence “The Riga StratCom Dialogue 2017” (www.rigstratcomdialogue.org).The Riga StratCom Dialogue 2017 will bring together experts, policy-makers, academics, and practitioners to create an in-depth discussion on how rapid changes in communications are affecting all sectors of our global society. This is one of the leading conferences currently focusing on strategic communications issues of utmost importance to NATO allies.

Rapid development of internet technologies has not only provided policy makers with numerous opportunities to communicate with society but also posed new challenges of sustaining domestic and international peace and security. Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, possible interference in the election processes in the USA and European countries, growth of populism and far right ideologies and also the activities of DAESH in the internet domain to radicalize and recruit have forced policy and decision makers to reflect on the ways how different media platforms can be used to achieve goals that are aimed against democratic states. Disinformation environment (propaganda and fake/biased news websites and networks used to distribute this disinformation) has helped gain control over large groups of people and create obstacles for national and transnational security.

Throughout four days, participants will have a chance to enhance their understanding of pivotal aspects of strategic communication, engage in workshops and meet and interact with prominent political and public figures by partly attending “The Riga StratCom Dialogue 2017” on 5-6 July, 2017.

The topics of the Stratcom Youth Academy 2017 will cover:

  • Concept of strategic communication and its current trends;
  • Russia’s propaganda – from soft power tools to annexation of Crimea;
  • Election information wars – rise of populism and far right wing in Europe and the USA;
  • Media platforms in the hands of DAESH – challenges and opportunities;
  • topics covered by the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence conference “The Riga StratCom Dialogue 2017”.

Eligibility

In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • 20-27 years old;
  • Active members or volunteers in any ATA/YATA chapter (highly preferable);
  • Fluent in English;
  • Interested in foreign policy and security issues;
  • Highly motivated to attend Stratcom Youth Academy 2017 and “The Riga StratCom Dialogue.” conference.

Costs

Participation fee: 200 EUR that includes:

  • Accommodation for 5 nights in Albert Hotel (2 persons in one room);
  • Meals during event;
  • Coffee breaks;
  • Transportation between conference venue and National Library of Latvia;
  • Farewell dinner;
  • Tour in Riga;

Participation fee for Latvian participants: 75 EUR that includes:

  • Meals during event;
  • Coffee breaks;
  • Transportation between conference venue and National Library of Latvia;
  • Farewell dinner;
  • Tour in Riga;

A limited number of scholarships are available for participants who are able to demonstrate their financial need as well as ability to bring relevant expertise and diverse perspectives to the conference.

Please note that travel costs are not included in the participation fee and are expected to be taken care of participants themselves.

Application

In order to apply for the event, please fill out the application form for Stratcom Youth Academy 2017 and submit it with uploaded required documents.

Additionally to CV and Motivation letter, due to given chance to attend high level NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence event “The Riga StratCom Dialogue ” that is upon invitations only, applicants are asked to submit 5 most popular narratives in their countries that denigrate NATO – its concept, policies, missions, future goals etc.

In order to apply, register HERE.

Deadline is June 5, 2017

Results will be announced on June 7, 2017

If you have any questions, contact with Ms Sabine Stala via email: sabine@lato.lv.

The official web-page.

 

Join the OpenVillage/LOTE6 festival 2017 in Brussels

Deadline:  ongoing
Open to: anyone with a story of an open and participatory project of health/social care
Fellowship:  Up to 15000 Euro

Description

We believe that the future of health and social care is community-based and participatory. We are committed to the idea that care should not necessarily be handed down from institutions to the people but can emerge organically from the people according to their needs.

The OpenVillage Festival is a highly participatory festival showcasing working solutions and demos produced by community members, as well as pathways for working together towards their sustainability. It will take place on October 19-21, 2017 in Brussels and represents the culmination of the OpenCare 18 month research that involves hundreds of original initiatives.

Aiming to deepen community collaboration, during April – May 2017, the SCImPULSE Foundation will appoint 3 “students” to support communication and engagement for the OpenVillage. We use “students” in the Latin sense, of people that will apply themselves to the subject, as fellows of SCImPULSE Foundation, and not in any sense as an indication of career status.

Eligibility

We will consider individuals who have demonstrated an interest in and alignment with Diy Welfare (referred to as “opencare”) in the following ways (each item will receive a score from 0 the minimum, to 5 the maximum, which will be summed to define the final score used to choose the winners):

  • are registered on edgeryders.eu and have contributed a story on the OpenCare community page. NB: All the stories already submitted in 2016 and 2017 are being considered.
  • are operating at the grassroots level or are heavily interacting with such groups
  • Are open in their work, use of methodology, technology, results (public and transparent communication, open processes for participation, commons licensing, open source code etc.)
  • their contribution is validated in positive responses by their peers in the opencare community (as seen from the Comments section)
  • have storytelling and content production skills for presenting the opencare initiatives to various community groups and audiences
  • demonstrate willingness to collaborate with others and use online environments for communication, engagement, documentation of work and social media

Fellowship

  • A bursary appointment: Up to 15000 Euro to reimburse your working time, distributed on the basis of winners’ financial needs
  • A travel budget: Up to 5000 Euro, to be authorized in advance by due justification.

Application

  1. Connect with other participants by reading their stories at the bottom of this page, and offering ideas or advice in the form of thoughtful comments.
  2. Think about a theme, session or exhibit on community care, that you would like to curate for the OpenVillage (see the first proposal here).
  3. Write a post containing your proposal in our shared workspace.

In order to apply, register HERE.

There is no deadline for the applications, but the sooner you start and complete your application, the higher your chances – we will consider them on the rolling basis!

For more information come to our weekly online community gatherings on Wednesdays at 18:00 CET here or contact community@edgeryders.eu.

The official web-page.

Call for Applications – educational project called “In Between?

European Network Remembrance and Solidarity is launching a recruitment process for an ongoing educational project called In Between?, which aims to encourage the young generation of Europeans to explore 20th-century history by speaking with those who lived it. Participants are given a unique opportunity to gain theoretical and practical experience in documenting oral stories.

This time, participants will travel to Berlin, Mostar, Vojvodina and the Polish-Lithuanian borderland in July, and to the Prespa Lakes region, the Albanian-Montenegrin borderland, the Hungarian-Romanian borderland and the Spanish-French borderland in September. The call for applications closes on 8 May 2017 for the Summer Edition and 17 July 2017 for the Autumn Edition.

The call is open to all candidates age 18-25, including students and freelancers representing various areas of interest that may include history, cultural anthropology, sociology and audiovisual arts, among others. After being selected, they will take part in interdisciplinary workshops (Summer Edition: 1-5 July , Autumn Edition: 13-17 September) and study visits (Summer Edition: 6-13 July, Autumn Edition: 18-25 September).

After 4-day workshops in Warsaw participants will have learned the theoretical basics of interview methodology, digital video-camera operation, photography, digitalisation of visual materials, archiving and historical context. Then, they will be divided into groups of six to travel to border towns and other localities for seven days. During their stay they will conduct and document interviews with local inhabitants. Recollections, sound and video recordings, photographs, letters as well as scanned documents and other items reflecting the daily life of the communities will constitute a basis for building accounts of their travel that will be shared with historical institutions and local archives, including the National Digital Archive and the Virtual Shtetl (Museum of the History of Polish Jews).

Recorded on family photographs and stories, collected documentary material reflecting the past of the eight European regions – with their cultural and historical complexities – will become the theme of a project closing conference. The event to be held in Berlin in December 2017 will feature debates with cultural anthropologists, historians and oral history researchers.

Factors to be considered in the recruitment process include a candidate’s motivation to participate in the project, openness and readiness to cooperate. Knowledge of English and one of the languages spoken in a selected region is a must.

 

To obtain the application form, The Rules Governing the Recruitment of Participants and any further information please visit: www.enrs.eu/inbetween or contact Ms Karolina Dziełak, In Between? Project Coordinator (e-mail: karolina.dzielak@enrs.eu and telephone: 0048 22 395 7610).

Call for Applications – UNAOC Fellowship Program 2017

Candidates from Europe and North America (EUNA) and from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) can now apply until Sunday May 21st 2017 11:59pm EST to participate in the 2017 edition of the UNAOC Fellowship Program.

The theme of the Fellowship 2017 is “The role of civil society and the media in combatting hatred and fostering inclusion”.

To be selected, eligible candidates must demonstrate strong interest in intercultural dialogue and professional achievements in the fields of media and/or civil society.

The goal of the Fellowship is to provide participants with first hand exposure to cultural diversity, while interacting with a wide range of local actors and partners. In every country they visit, participants will acquire crucial comprehension tools to help them understand the plurality of their host country’s culture, politics, society, religion, and media.

  1. Call for applications to candidates from EUNA countries
  2. Call for applications to candidates from MENA countries

Please note that ONLY shortlisted candidates will be contacted.