ICFJ 2019 News Corps Media Fellowship Opens for Entries

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Joyce Barnathan, President, ICFJ
Joyce Barnathan, President, ICFJ

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), in partnership with the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), is accepting applications from journalists around the world to participate in an innovative programme that includes training on creative storytelling and offers grants to support data-driven projects.

This programme is built on the News Corp Media Fellowship, which has offered international journalists an immersive, hands-on experience in some of the world’s most digitally advanced newsrooms since 2014.

To be considered for the fellowship, applicants must participate in two half-day webinars conducted by editors and reporters with expertise in digital tools, data journalism and visualization, artificial intelligence, integration to mobile, and audience engagement.

During the hands-on webinars, participants will learn how to pitch a data-driven project and to develop a prototype. Webinars will be open to a select group of up to 40 applicants and will take place on July 29 and 30.

Applicants will receive one of five news innovation grants to support their data-driven project. Only applicants who participate in both webinars are eligible to apply for these grants. Proposed projects should be such that promote new forms of storytelling, data journalism and visualization, and citizen engagement. Each grant recipient will also benefit from online editorial coaching and mentorship from experienced editors, reporters and data experts.

Only applicants who complete both stages successfully will be considered for the News Corp Media Fellowship. The ideal fellow will bring considerable talents, a strong work ethic and abilities to the WSJ newsroom.

Applicants should apply online to attend the webinars  by July 7 here https://www.tfaforms.com/4734026.

During the fellowship, applicants will be embedded for three months in the WSJ’s media science lab to work on a data-driven project relevant to the fellow and tailor-made for the WSJ.

The selected News Corp Media Fellow will have the opportunity to work on projects related to: Workflow and collaboration in a global newsroom; Data science, artificial intelligence and computational journalism; New forms of training and internal leadership development; and Audience surveying and emerging forms of social media analysis.

Prior to the three-month fellowship, ICFJ will host a three-day orientation in Washington D.C., where the fellow will receive training and be prepared to develop his/her own digital projects at the Journal.

The programme will cover all travel and fellowship expenses of Fellows.

Only English-speaking journalists and editors with three to five years of journalistic experience and at least one to two years working with data are welcome to apply for the webinar – the first step toward the fellowship.