Call for Proposals: Emerging Journalists Fellowship

Three $5,000 fellowships and mentorships with Pulitzer finalists will be awarded to Oregon-based journalists.

Tojo Andrianarivo

Oregon Humanities is requesting story proposals from early-career, Oregon-based journalists as part of a new fellowship offered in partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Pulitzer Prizes.

Three emerging journalists will be selected for work to be completed by fall 2018 for publication in winter 2019. Each fellow will work with a mentor who is a Pulitzer winner or finalist. The stories will be published through Oregon Humanities media platforms, and the fellowships will culminate in an event that showcases fellows’ work and provides an opportunity for public discussion of their work in the context of journalism and democracy.

We are seeking proposals from emerging writers and journalists who currently work in long-form feature writing, photo essay, video, and/or audio storytelling. Applicants who have extensive experience in one medium or genre but are proposing a pitch in a different medium or genre will be considered.

In addition to mentorship, fellows will receive a $5,000 honorarium, access to supplies and equipment, travel budget, publication on Oregon Humanities media platforms, and optional college credit.

This program is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” Initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.

To qualify as an emerging journalist, the applicant should meet any of the following:

  • Current student, recent (two to three years) from graduation, or no formal schooling.
  • Less than three years of work experience in publishing and media.
  • Working in a medium and/or genre new (less than three years) to the applicant.

Additionally, applicants must currently reside in Oregon, propose an Oregon-based story, and be available to be in regular communication (in-person or by phone/video conference) with their mentor and Oregon Humanities staff. Applicants must also be able to complete their story by fall 2018.

Applications due March 7, 2018. Click here to submit a proposal.


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