Martha’s Vineyard Journalism Innovation Fellowship 2016

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Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2016.

The Vineyard Gazette, an award-winning newspaper based on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, is seeking applications from multimedia journalists for a new six-week fellowship on the Vineyard during the spring of 2016.

The Martha’s Vineyard Fellowship for Innovation in Journalism, created in association with the Noepe Center for the Literary Arts, will select a fellow who will work alongside Vineyard Gazette reporters and editors to produce one or more in-depth news projects that combine high standards of journalism with innovative storytelling techniques.

The Gazette has created the fellowship to promote experimentation and to cultivate the use of multimedia journalism techniques in a traditional newsroom setting. The successful fellow will have professional journalism experience and demonstrated audio, video and/or digital production skills.

Dates of the Fellowship

The fellowship is for the six-week period starting April 2, 2016 through May 14, 2016.

Eligibility Requirements:


  • Have at least three years of experience in a professional journalism setting.
  • Have demonstrated skills in one or more the following areas: audio production, podcasting, video storytelling, social media, digital design, animation, creation of infographics and/or data visualization.
  • Submit a full application, which includes (1) a letter of interest (not to exceed 1,000 words); (2) a current resume; (3) the names of three references (two professional; one personal); and (4) not more than three representative samples of relevant work.  A nonrefundable application fee of $25 must accompany all applications.

Letter of Interest Requirements

Applications must be accompanied by a letter of interest that:

  • Explains your interest in the fellowship and the specific multimedia skills you would bring to it;
  • Describes how your past work and future aspirations would make this fellowship a logical step in your career progression; and
  • Addresses your ability to work in a team setting, with examples of how you have worked collaboratively in the past.

Fellowship Terms


  • The fellowship includes housing plus a stipend of $500 per week for the six week term.
  • The fellow will be provided with a private room and bath in the Noepe Center for the Literary Arts, a beautifully restored historic inn in Edgartown that serves as a residence for up to nine writers at a time. The fellow will be responsible for his/her own meals; the Noepe Center has a professionally- equipped, shared kitchen.
  • The fellow will be responsible for his/her own transportation to and from the Island. Access to a car for use while on the Island is strongly recommended.
  • The fellow will work out of the newsroom at the Vineyard Gazette, located a short walk from the Noepe Center. The fellow will be expected to suspend major work on other projects for the duration of the fellowship.

If currently employed with another journalism organization, applicants may be asked to provide a letter from their employer confirming their understanding of the arrangement.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Martha’s Vineyard Journalism Innovation Fellowship 2016


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