journalists of color

JOURNALISTS OF COLOR IN LOCAL NEWS (call for projects, October 30) by Bear Guerra

Via ProPublica:

“ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network pays the salary and a stipend for benefits for reporters at news organizations across the country so they can spend a year working on an accountability journalism project of importance to their communities.

We seek to help news organizations publish projects and stories that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to do — at least not with the same level of rigor. We also provide editing support, along with data, research, design and audience/engagement assistance.

When we evaluate proposals for the Local Reporting Network, we’re looking for accountability stories that need to be told in particular regions, that would benefit from our support and that have a clear plan to achieve success. Here are questions that we ask of each project:

Is this an accountability project?

We’re looking for projects that our own staffers would undertake, ones that dovetail with our mission: to expose abuses of power and betrayals of the public trust by government, business and other institutions, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing.

Is this project investigative enough?

You should be able to answer these three questions: What’s wrong? Who or what is responsible? What needs to be changed? On the last question, we’re not asking you to be an editorial writer. Rather, we want you to talk to experts and others to identify possible solutions or find regions/companies/agencies that have confronted similar problems and solved them. Spend some time on our website reading our recent work and try to assess what our staff can do specifically to help you advance the reporting.”

DEADLINE: October 30.

https://www.propublica.org/how-to-apply/local-reporting-network/

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SPANISH-ENGLISH BILINGUAL JOURNALISTS (fellowship, October 7) by Bear Guerra

Via Fund for Investigative Journalism:

“As part of its commitment to expanding opportunities for diverse journalists, the Fund for Investigative Journalism is partnering with the National Association for Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and the Miami Herald Media Company for a fellowship program to start in 2020. The three-month fellowship comes with a $30,000 grant, which can be used for reporting expenses and a stipend. The deadline to apply is Oct. 7, 2019. The winner will be notified by December 31, 2019. The Miami Herald Media Company will provide the fellow with workspace and other editorial support.

Your proposal should be thorough and compelling. The project should dig into issues of consequence and of interest to readers of the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald. “What we are looking for are proposals for stories that uncover something we didn’t know and engages our readers,” said Nancy San Martin, managing editor of el Nuevo Herald. The story will be published in both Spanish and English, in print and online, in the Miami Herald and in el Neuvo Herald.

Present a narrative no longer than three pages to explain what your investigation aims to uncover, why the investigation is important, how you would go about it and why the story is groundbreaking. If the topic has received previous coverage, explain how your story is different.”

DEADLINE: October 7.

http://fij.org/fellowship-application/

US NEWS ORGANIZATIONS LED BY (AND SERVING) COMMUNITIES OF COLOR (grant, October 30) by Bear Guerra

Via Borealis Philanthropy:

“The Racial Equity in Journalism Fund seeks to strengthen the capacity and sustainability of news organizations led by people of color and partners in equity to increase civic engagement for communities of color.

Communities with the least access to relevant public affairs news—people of color, immigrants, people from low-income, rural, and urban communities, and others—are also most likely to be left out of policy creation and civic processes.

People of color-led news organizations, in particular those led by Black, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islanders and Indigenous people, lack the capital and multiple streams of revenue to build infrastructure and resources that ensure their longevity in the field, as well as their ongoing growth and innovation.

This donor collaborative fund seeks to address the gap in capital and resources faced by these organizations.

What’s Needed:

  • Adaptation of infrastructure to the internet and social media

  • Multiple streams of revenue

  • Development of innovating ways of delivering information

  • Scaled up impact and expansion of reach to new audiences

The REJ Fund is a donor collaborative based at Borealis Philanthropy and currently includes support from Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the Democracy Fund, the Ford Foundation, the Google News Initiative, and the News Integrity Initiative at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.”

DEADLINE: October 30.

https://borealisphilanthropy.org/grantmaking/racial-equity-in-journalism-fund/

COLLEGE JOURNALISTS OF COLOR (fellowship, September 8) by Bear Guerra

Via ProPublica:

“The Emerging Reporters Program provides a $9,000 stipend, along with mentoring and trips to the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting conference and our New York office, for five students each year who work or want to work at college journalism outlets: newspapers, websites, radio stations or TV stations.

The Emerging Reporters Program is specifically designed for those who might find investigative journalism inaccessible. All students who will be juniors or seniors in college this academic year are eligible to apply, and African Americans, Latinos and other people of color are especially encouraged to do so. Participants are expected to take a full course load during the 2019-20 school year. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need. The purpose of the stipends is to make college journalism accessible to students for whom it would otherwise be economically out of reach.”

DEADLINE: September 8.

https://www.propublica.org/article/apply-propublica-emerging-reporters-program-2019-2020-college-journalists-of-color?fbclid=IwAR3eVPw3zFyGZ33-KtZHg5Hve86u-4I3kNMNexjRqEHS5q5qr9NHKTW9R7M

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COLLEGE JOURNALISTS OF COLOR (fellowships, September 8) by Bear Guerra

Via ProPublica:

“The Emerging Reporters Program provides a $9,000 stipend, along with mentoring and trips to the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting conference and our New York office, for five students each year who work or want to work at college journalism outlets: newspapers, websites, radio stations or TV stations. Check out our previous fellows, and apply here.

Why does ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters Program exist?

People of color are underrepresented in our nation’s newsrooms. A survey by the American Society of News Editors suggests that people of color make up just a quarter of U.S. newsrooms — and that itself is only among newsrooms that chose to respond to the survey. Often, those numbers are even smaller in newsrooms focused on investigative reporting.

ProPublica has a vested interest in developing more minority journalists. Our mission is to shine a light on abuses of power, producing stories of moral force that provoke change. There are currently few reporters of color who specialize in investigations. Without their voices and points of view, there is every reason to believe that important stories are being overlooked. We believe the best way to bring about meaningful change is to take a holistic approach, tackling the obstacles to entering careers in journalism — especially investigative journalism. These include financial barriers and limited access to early-career opportunities. That is what this program aims to address.”

DEADLINE: September 8.

https://www.propublica.org/article/apply-propublica-emerging-reporters-program-2019-2020-college-journalists-of-color

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ASPIRING BLACK FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT JOURNALISTS (fellowship, August 2) by Bear Guerra

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Via National Association of Black Journalists:

“The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is accepting applications for the Ethel Payne Fellowship after a 10-year hiatus. The U$5,000 travel award provides an opportunity for an NABJ member to gain foreign correspondence experience in Africa. Proposals should tell the untold and dynamic stories of Africa and African people, beyond the common storylines of HIV/AIDS, famine and war.

The travel award provides an opportunity for an NABJ member to gain foreign correspondence experience in Africa and the necessary assistance to complete a project or singular report on Africa. The fellowship is named for the first female, African-American commentator employed by a U.S. network when CBS hired her in 1972. Known as the “First Lady of the Black Press,” Payne, a Chicago native, was a lecturer and columnist whose eloquent advocacy while reporting on the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s gained her national fame.”

DEADLINE: August 2.

https://www.nabj.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1259483