Education Week Gregory M. Chronister Journalism Fellowship 2018

Application Deadline: November 15, 2017

The Education Week Gregory M. Chronister Journalism Fellowship each year supports a recipient who undertakes a significant enterprising or investigative journalism project that promises to inform and educate the field and the public about a timely and important issue for pre-K-12 education. The fellowship, which is intended to be completed while the recipient continues his or her regular employment, provides financial support of up to $10,000.

The fellow may examine an issue from a national (U.S.) perspective or from a local or state perspective, as long as the topic has broader implications for American education. Projects with an international focus are also eligible if they can point clearly to implications or lessons for the United States.

The fellow is expected to produce a deeply reported investigative or enterprise package or series of stories that spotlights a pre-K-12 topic through a combination of interviews, site visits, background briefings, the use of databases and academic literature, and/or the fellow’s original data reporting. Topics are at the discretion of applicants but will be considered, in part, according to how well they contribute to Education Week’s own coverage of the field.

Education Week will publish the completed work across its media platforms, as appropriate, upon acceptance by the editors. The work may be co-published, in whole or in part, by the fellow’s regular employer or freelance outlet.

Requirements:

  • The fellowship is for journalists.
  • It is limited to individuals whose primary professional activities involve reporting, writing, producing, editing, or otherwise preparing the news and other editorial content of independent media organizations, regardless of platform.
  • The definition of journalist also includes freelancers whose primary body of work is for independent news outlets.

Benefits:

The fellowship provides financial support totaling up to $10,000, as well as professional development and mentoring support, including the following:

  • A project allowance of up to $4,000 that can be tapped for such uses as field reporting trips, data-gathering, other approved research expenses, data visualization, multimedia support, and enrollment in workshops for relevant knowledge-building;
  • Registration and travel costs for attendance at related education or journalism conferences;
  • One year’s membership in a relevant journalism or other professional association;
  • Support from senior Education Week journalists during the project, e.g., an assigned Education Week editor, with visits, if relevant, to EPE’s Bethesda, Md., headquarters; and
  • A $3,500 fellowship award for successful completion of the project.
  • Early-career, midcareer, and veteran journalists based in the United States are eligible. Applicants may work in any journalistic setting, including local and national publications, digital-only news platforms, and broadcast media. Although applicants do not have to be education beat reporters, their experience should include reporting on education or closely related social or public-policy concerns.
  • The fellowship is open to staff and freelance journalists who are able to work independently over a one-year period while still maintaining their regular jobs or work commitments.
  • For a proposal focused on a topic outside the United States to be considered, it must come from a U.S.-based journalist and have an angle relevant to American pre-K-12 education.
  • A commitment to co-publication of the finished project by an applicant’s employer or a comparable freelance outlet is not required, but will be considered a plus.
    • in participating in the fellowship;
    • in traveling as needed to complete the project;
    • by allowing Education Week to publish the completed project;
    • by committing to co-publish the work, as appropriate; and
    • by including mention of the journalist’s fellowship support in the package, if co-published.An applicant’s editor or newsroom manager (or, in the case of a freelancer who is proposing co-publication, the equivalent person at the designated outlet) will be asked to provide a letter of recommendation pledging to support the applicant:
    • in participating in the fellowship;
    • in traveling as needed to complete the project;
    • by allowing Education Week to publish the completed project;
    • by committing to co-publish the work, as appropriate; and
    • by including mention of the journalist’s fellowship support in the package, if co-published.

Schedule

  • November 15, 2017– Applications deadline
  • Week of January 8, 2018– Winning fellow notified
  • Week of January 15, 2018– Winning fellow announced
  • Project published during Education Week’s 2018-19 publishing year

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Education Week Gregory M. Chronister Journalism Fellowship

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