MJ Bear International Fellowship (Fully-funded) for Early-Career Journalists 2018

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The MJ Bear Fellowships identify and celebrate digital journalists under 30 whose work represents the best of new media.

Application Deadline: 9th July 2018 at 11:59 pm Eastern

Offered Annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: United States or Canada and International

About the Award: Each year, ONA recognizes three fellows— two in the United States or Canada and one international. The fellows are up-and-coming journalists who are just beginning to make their voices heard in the industry and working to expand the boundaries of digital news.

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Fellows are focused on developing a digital project, which might include experiments in social media, a unique approach to news coverage, creative data visualizations or other digital approaches. Through the course of the one-year fellowship, these early-career journalists receive guidance from industry leaders and opportunities to share their work with the digital journalism community.

The fellowship is designed for up-and-coming journalists between the ages of 23 and 30 who are just beginning to make their voices heard in the industry and who are working to expand the boundaries of digital news through ongoing creative and innovative projects. Fellows can be working inside or outside the newsroom, and we encourage freelance and independent journalists to apply.

Type: Fellowship

Eligibility: Applicants in 2018 must meet the following requirements at the time of application:

  • Born between Sept. 14, 1988 and Sept. 13, 1995
  • Be a working digital journalist (either for an organization or self-employed)
  • Be fluent in English
  • Be involved in a digital journalism project

Full-time students are not eligible.

The fellowship is open to digital journalists from around the world. Each year we select two fellows from the U.S. or Canada and one fellow from another country.

Number of Awards: 3

Value of Award: The fellowship is designed to provide support and guidance to fellows on both their projects and their own professional development.

Each Fellowship provides:

  • Three online workshop sessions with a Personal Advisory Board.
  • Registration, travel and accommodations for the Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet
  • Recognition at the ONA conference
  • ONA membership, with three years’ dues paid in full

Duration of Program: 1 year

  • Fellows announced: end of August
  • ONA Conference: Sept. 13-15, 2018

How to Apply: The application has five parts. Application and all submitted materials must be in English.

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Award Providers: Online News Association


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