2021 Woodrow Wilson Higher Education Media Fellowship for Journalists in the U.S.
Deadline: December 11, 2020.
The Woodrow Wilson Higher Education Media Fellowship aims to increase the number of journalists with the tools and networks to provide richer and more comprehensive coverage of postsecondary education, particularly career and technical education. The Fellowship program is sponsored by the ECMC Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
- The Fellowship is open to U.S. journalists who are education beat reporters or those whose work experience includes reporting on education and associated workforce development, social, or public policy issues.
- Potential Fellows will be early- and mid-career journalists interested in deepening and expanding their understanding of postsecondary education with a specific emphasis on CTE. Print, radio, TV, multimedia, and online editors.
- Journalists from local and national publications and digital-only news platforms are eligible, as are freelancers who target mainstream/corporate and independent media outlets.
- Each ECMC Foundation Fellow in the WW Higher Education Fellowship program will be awarded $10,000—$5,000 as a stipend and $5,000 towards the reporting project.
- The six-month, non-residential program begins with an expense-paid post secondary career and technical education (CTE) symposium.
- Following the symposium, Fellows must complete a reporting project, such as a special report or series.
- Fellows will also attend a CTE Collaborative Convening hosted by the ECMC Foundation in the fall.
The Woodrow Wilson Foundation uses an online application portal which requires an account. There is no fee to apply. Once you’ve created an account, the online application includes basic personal and professional information, a statement of interest, an area to link to three work samples, and prompts to upload and request your supplemental items. If you bookmark the portal, you can log in any time to make changes.
Statement of interest: In 500 words or less, please tell us your interest in pursuing this Fellowship opportunity and why you would be a good candidate.
Three (3) work samples: Please provide links to and PDF copies of three work samples published within the past five years. These samples should be your best recent work. Links will be submitted as a part of the application, PDF versions will be included in the supplemental items packet that you will upload.
Two (2) Letters of Recommendation: These letters (1-2 pages in length) should evaluate your reporting interests; assess the quality of your journalistic work; explain how the award will benefit your professional development; briefly discuss your reporting qualifications; and assess your commitment to quality coverage of issues facing American education.
- • At least one letter of recommendation should be from an editor or supervisor and include a statement of support for completing the requirements of this Fellowship. If freelance, the letter with statement of support for the reporting project must be written by an appropriate editor at an independent news outlet.
- • The other letter may come from anyone in the applicant’s professional network. It may not come from a family member.
- • You will be prompted to submit contact information for your recommenders through the portal. They will receive an email requesting they upload their letter.
- • Letters of recommendation must be written on professional letterhead, signed, and submitted through the online application.