MVJ is hosting seven paid fellowships lasting about six months each at the newsroom of your choice!
Four of the fellowships are funded thanks to generous support from the Knight Foundation, two of the fellowships are possible thanks to the generous support of Craig Newmark Philanthropies and the one fellowship is thanks to the generous support of the Wyncote Foundation.
- The money: Fellows will be compensated roughly $2,500 per month and will be responsible for their own relocation and living expenses if applicable.
- The outlet: MVJ wants to maximize the impact for you and your career. We have about 15 outlets who already know that they want fellows but we will work with the selected fellows to help place you in the newsroom of your choice (no guarantees).
- The work: We will work with you and the outlet to develop a work plan and objectives so your time is worthwhile. We want you to leave this fellowship with a strong portfolio, some great connections, and strong prospects for a future full-time job.
- Timing: We plan to have you start your fellowship in Fall 2021. Fellowships have the potential to renew for a longer period depending on where you choose to work. For example, six months may be the most we can offer in New York City, but we may be able to squeeze out eight months if you’re in Wyoming. We want you to be able to do your fellowship in person (not remotely) to maximize impact, so we may delay the start date to make that possible.
- Additional courses: MVJ will provide additional training made possible through the Poynter Institute to several of the fellows, depending on the journalism discipline they are pursuing.
- The judges: A committee of established journalists, including Jake Tapper and Michael McCoy, will review all candidates and make their selections by the end of the summer. Fellows should expect to begin work next fall.
This is an awesome opportunity for those of you who are emerging journalists or career switchers. A fellowship will offer the opportunity to explore the field of journalism at a publication while making connections, landing bylines and creating a name for yourself.
Questions? Check our FAQ below and if you can’t find your answer there, send an email to Rich Dolan at [email protected]
Q: What outlets are hosting veterans? Do I get to choose my own?
A: Some of the names include Military Times, Coffee or Die Magazine, Task & Purpose and CNN. However, your choices are not limited to these. You can choose your top newsrooms while filling out the application, and we will help facilitate/guide you if you are chosen.
Q: Can you send me a list of newsrooms near me that will take me?
A: We don’t have any local-level lists of newsrooms that we can provide. If you do the research on who you’re interested in working with, we’ll do our best to make that happen or help guide you to a different newsroom.
Q: What will my daily work be like? Will I have to travel?
A: This all depends on your newsroom. All we can say is be ready to work, and be prepared to be sent places on assignment if that is the norm for your newsroom.
Q: Will I have to relocate?
A: This is up to you. If you choose a newsroom in Chicago, but you live in Los Angeles, you can safely assume you’ll have to relocate.
Q: Is there any money to help with relocation expenses?
A: It depends. We will address this on a case-by-case basis and multiple factors play into the decision.
Q: Am I guaranteed a job after this?
A: No, we cannot guarantee anything. That being said, if you work hard and make a good impression, the opportunity is more likely to present itself. However, please don’t apply if your sole intention is to gain permanent employment with your selected newsroom.
Q: What is the exact start date?
A: We’re aiming to have you start no later than September, 2021. This is dependent on the newsroom you’re placed at of course, but we don’t see it happening any later.
Q: What kind of stories will I cover?
A: This completely depends on the deal you work out with your newsroom. You’ll work with them to be assigned to a particular beat.
Q: Can I keep my job while I do this fellowship?
A: No. We need you completely focused on the fellowship.
Q: Do I need any equipment like a camera or laptop for this?
A: If you don’t have a basic journalism kit, you should invest in one. We will help selected fellows work through this once they are placed with a newsroom.