Funding brief: The JSK Journalism Fellowships supports diverse journalists from around the world who are deeply engaged in exploring solutions to journalism’s biggest problems. They focus on accelerating change in the journalism industry to improve the access to information people need to create and sustain democratic communities.
Journalism fellowships at Stanford started in 1966 with a powerful idea: giving journalists broad access to a great university, which would pay off in superb journalism. They grew through the next decades, and in 1984 a $4 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation provided a permanent endowment for the program, which they renamed for John S. Knight, who, with his brother James L. Knight, once operated a company that became the largest newspaper chain in the United States.
In recent years, huge disruptions to journalism and the growing role of technology in society inspired us to evolve the program. Today, our fellows collaborate with each other and with our partners throughout Stanford and Silicon Valley to develop solutions to journalism’s biggest problems, helping to transform the industry.
JSK Fellows spend their time at Stanford University exploring solutions to the most urgent challenges facing journalism. They sit in on classes, attend events on campus, connect with experts in the university’s many research institutes and consult innovative thinkers and doers throughout Silicon Valley.
A JSK Fellow’s job during their 10 months at Stanford is to meet a few expectations of the fellowship program and to make the most of the opportunity. The most successful fellows take initiative and seek out people who can help them explore their questions and make connections, even before they arrive at Stanford.
They ask fellows to agree to these conditions:
● Spend the academic terms in residence at Stanford from September to June. (This means time at Stanford, not in Hawaii, on the road or at home.) Fellows receive long breaks during the fellowship year — most of December and two weeks in March — so we expect them to minimize other time away.
● Participate fully in JSK activities. This means attending all JSK events and workshops; they have two to three events a week. Some of the most important relationships and learning will happen within the fellowship program itself.
● Commit to the fellowship rather than to regular professional work. They require fellows to take a leave from their jobs and their freelancing and consulting commitments to devote their energy to the fellowship full time.
● Focus on the fellowship proposal throughout the year. In addition to our events and some classes at Stanford, fellows work on a challenge facing journalism, which should occupy at least half of their time and energy.
● Share the fellowship experience and lessons. They expect fellows to share publicly the experiences, work and insights they gain throughout the year, and the results of their efforts near the end of the academic year. They encourage and support that sharing even after the year is over.
Donor Name: Stanford University
Funding name: John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships
Deadline: They begin accepting applications for the 2020-21 JSK Fellowships on Oct, 15th.
● Applications for international fellowships must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time, Wednesday, Dec, 4th, 2019. The deadline for U.S. applications is 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time, Thursday, Jan, 30th, 2020.
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● They provide JSK Fellows with several financial benefits, including a stipend of $85,000. In addition to this stipend, they provide an additional supplement for fellows with children. We also cover the cost of Stanford tuition and Stanford health care for fellows, spouses and children. They also help fellows find housing.
● Other benefits of a JSK Fellowship:
Access to some of the world’s most innovative thinkers and organizations, from technology giants to hot new startups to Stanford’s 100-plus special institutes and centers.
Opportunities to join classes taught by top Stanford professors and instructors in a wide range of specialties. It is common for classes to be taught by people who also work in the vanguard of their fields in the private sector.
A rich intellectual and cultural campus life, including live theater, music and dance performances and special lectures and events.
Fellowship social events where everyone can get to know one another.
Spouses and partners are eligible to take some classes and attend many fellowship seminars. Fellows’ children attend excellent Palo Alto-area schools and are included in some fellowship social activities (See: JSK Fellowship experience enriches the lives of the entire family).
Exposure to the incredible diversity of world views, experiences and cultural traditions that fellows from all over the world bring to the program.
New friendships, professional connections and entrepreneurial skills that will continue beyond the 10 months fellows spend at Stanford.
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● U.S. applicants typically have at least seven years of full-time professional experience; international applicants typically have at least five years of experience. They will consider less experienced applicants who have outstanding achievements. They do not require applicants to have a college degree.
● Professional background-They consider applicants in these categories:
Journalists employed by a news organization or freelance journalists.
Journalism entrepreneurs and innovators.
Journalism business and management executives.
They do not accept applications from people working in public information or public relations jobs, for trade and house newsletters or magazines, for government agencies, or in academic positions.
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● 1-minute selfie video
They ask you to describe your fellowship idea and why it is important to you in a 1-minute “selfie” video. They are not expecting great production values; webcam or mobile phone videos are encouraged.
● Three recommendation letters
If you are working in an organization, one letter should be from your supervisor; if you are working independently or you are the founder/highest-ranking leader in an organization, one letter should be from someone who has worked closely with you on a regular basis.
Choose people who know you and your work well; this matters more than having recommenders who are well known or prominent journalism executives who haven’t worked closely with you.
Your recommenders should address in their letter the idea you want to work on as a JSK Fellow and explain why you are well-suited to pursue the idea.
For international applicants, at least one recommender should attest to your proficiency in English in their letter.
● Three work samples
Work samples should be from the previous 12 months. They can be a combination of formats (digital, print, broadcast)
If you are a manager or a journalism entrepreneur, you should submit samples that demonstrate your work. For instance, an editor might submit stories they supervised, a news start-up founder might submit a product or story produced by their team.
For video, audio and digital samples, submit a URL to the work. (Please do not submit more than one hour, total, of audio or video.)
Samples that are primarily text can be submitted as PDFs.
For any sample that is not in English, you must include a translation, or provide a brief summary in English that explains the work.Visit all Funding opportunities: Click to view
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