Institute for Justice and Journalism is accepting applications for its
2012 professional fellowship program, which will examine the contentious
immigration issues playing out across the country on local, state and
federal levels and their role in the 2012 election campaign.
Fellows will be selected to participate in the professional development
program, which will help reporters cover legal, political and
demographic developments involving immigration. The program will provide
journalists with facts, figures and perspectives to move beyond the
typical campaign rhetoric on immigration. It also will examine the
anticipated electoral impact of immigrants who have become newly
eligible to vote.
“The program’s broader objective is exemplary
journalism that helps the public understand complex, often-contentious
immigration issues,” said Steve Montiel, IJJ board president.
The program, “Immigration in the Heartland: the 2012 Elections and Beyond,” will take place April 20-25 at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication and its Institute for Research and Training, which are partnering with IJJ in this program. The deadline for receipt of applications is Jan. 17.
The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation is the program’s funder. IJJ Senior Fellow Warren Vieth, a professor at OU’s Gaylord College, is project director.
propose an enterprise project to be undertaken through the fellowship
for publication or broadcast. Project proposals can be on any
immigration-related subject. Story topics related to
the 2012 elections will receive special consideration. Each Fellow will
receive a $500 stipend upon completion of the story project and a “Story
Behind the Story” account.
IJJ has conducted a dozen successful
fellowship programs, involving more than 225 journalists and producing
high-quality, award-winning stories and commentary. Click here for information on the 2010 and 2011 programs and stories produced by IJJ Fellows.
The program will include:
Guidelines for Applicants
journalists reporting stories or providing commentary for print,
television, radio or online distribution are eligible. Applications are
encouraged from those employed by news outlets as well as from
independent journalists, including bloggers and other online content
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent
residents or non-citizens with unrestricted employment authorization.
Students are not eligible.
Selection of Fellows: The
selection committee will consider applicants’ professional
accomplishments, individual and organizational commitment to the aims of
the program, plus the quality of the story project proposal.
Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decisions by Feb. 8, 2012.
and the Gaylord College will provide lodging, meals and travel. IJJ
also will award a $500 stipend to each Fellow upon completion of the
story project and “Story Behind the Story” account.
Fellows may elect to extend their stay in Oklahoma to conduct additional
reporting in that region. Such a stay will be at the expense of the
Fellow or the individual’s news organization.
Fellows are expected to:
Fellows’ news organizations are expected to:
Checklist for Applicants
Materials Required for Submission: Application materials must be submitted via email in two Word attachments. Include this material in the email:
A description of the enterprise project you would like to pursue as
part of your participation in the program. Be as specific as possible
about the story angle, your reporting strategy and potential sources and
data. Explain why this story topic or story framing is significant.
Word limit: 400 words.
B. An assessment of what
you would expect to gain from the fellowship experience, and what you
would bring to it (e.g. how past accomplishments relate to current
professional interests). 200 words.
C. For independent journalists only:
Specify where you would expect to publish or broadcast your work. Has
your work been published/broadcast in that media outlet before? Word
limit: 100 words.
D. Work Samples: Relevant
samples of your work that demonstrate your journalistic abilities. (For
work published or broadcast in a language other than English, also
provide a short summary in English for each sample submitted.) See
application for instructions.
Letter of Recommendation
A one-page letter of recommendation is required. It should be emailed separately by the person writing the letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. The same Jan. 17 deadline applies.
—For members of a news staff: A letter from your supervisor endorsing the application and story project and committing to publish/broadcast the story project if it meets the organization’s standards.
independent journalists: A letter of recommendation from a person
familiar with your professional work and describing the basis for the
recommendation, or a letter confirming interest in the journalistic
project you are proposing.
complete application packet, as outlined above, must be emailed before
11 p.m. (applicant’s local time) on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. The deadline
also applies to the letter of recommendation. Email to email@example.com. No faxed or late applications will be accepted.
Questions may be directed via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone to project director Warren Vieth at (405) 501-3374.