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Abrams Nieman Fellowships for Local Investigative Journalism

Fellowships to USA Journalists Reporting
in Underserved Communities

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Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and Abrams Foundation

Deadline Date:

02/18/20 11:59 PM EST

Description:

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Fellowships to USA journalists covering regional and local news in underserved areas. Fellowships provide coursework and fieldwork for journalists and editors covering news in areas with scarce resources. Applicants must have five years of experience as in-house or freelance journalists or editors in any form of media journalism, including print, radio, television, and online.

The fellowship 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.

  • 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182679

Number of Grants:

This fellowship will fund up to three Nieman Fellowships.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Abrams Nieman Fellows will receive a prorated stipend for the length of their fellowships, through the end of their fieldwork.

Term of Contract:

The fellowship is for two full academic semesters and up to nine months of fieldwork.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates for the fellowship must be working journalists in the United States with at least five years of full-time media experience. Print, radio, TV and online editors and journalists are all eligible, as are freelancers.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Any letters of recommendation or support not submitted using the online application should be mailed directly to the Nieman Foundation at the address below and postmarked by: Jan. 31, 2020.
- Application deadline: Feb. 18, 2020.
- Applicants will be notified of their status by: early April.
- Applicants who have reached the interview stage come to Cambridge for interviews on: April 16.
- Fellowship offers will be made shortly thereafter.
- The press release announcing the Nieman class of 2021 will be posted by: early May.

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.

How to apply:
https://nieman.harvard.edu/fellowships/how-to-apply/

FAQs:
https://nieman.harvard.edu/fellowships/

About the fellowship:
https://nieman.harvard.edu/fellowships/the-abrams-nieman-fellowship-for-local-investigative-journalism/

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https://nieman.slideroom.com/#/login/program/51520

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:
https://nieman.slideroom.com/#/login/register?p:51520/

For questions about the application process, contact
Nicole Arias
Fellowship Program Administrator
(617) 495-2238
nicole_arias@harvard.edu

Ellie Lottero
Director of Administration and Fellows’ Liaison
(617) 495-2346
ellie_lottero@harvard.edu

Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard
Walter Lippmann House One Francis Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone: 617 495 2237

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