Media and Journalism Fellowship

Media and Journalism Fellowship

About the Program

The Media and Journalism Fellowship program is for aspiring and entrepreneurial journalists and story tellers. Our program offers media and creative professionals the opportunity to refine their skills while learning about the crucial role of free speech and a free press in our society.

As a fellow you will be employed by partners and simultaneously immersed in world-class curriculum to develop your professional skills. The curriculum includes summits, online webinars, professional skills training, mentoring, and other projects. At the program’s conclusion, we expect you will have developed an understanding of the role you can play as a media and journalism professional and the responsibility you have as a member of the free press.

Program Vision

Understand who you are as a journalist and media professional, examine your role in a free press and its importance to a free society, and develop your professional skills to become an effective journalist and storyteller for the public.

What You’ll Experience as A Fellow

Your week will be focused on the hands-on experience provided by your partner organization and enhanced through the skills you’ll gain through our online programming. In years past, publications where participants were picked up have included The New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Examiner, Playboy, and USA Today.

Classes are led by our talented faculty as well as industry professionals and media experts with a curriculum that includes:

  • Lectures & case studies.
  • Speaker series with leaders in media & journalism.
  • Core professional skills.
  • Peer working groups.
  • Independent & group projects.
  • Mentorship opportunities.
  • Electives such as storytelling, pitching, podcasting, investigative journalism, script writing, and analytics.

The 2018 Program Calendar Snapshot:

  • Term 1: Role of Free Press in Society.
  • Term 2: Bias & Ethics.
  • Term 3: Telling Powerful, Honest Stories.
  • Term 4: Having an Impact: Digital Media Intensive.
  • Terms 5–7: Professional Skills Electives.

 Our Faculty:

As our staff and faculty continue to grow, the below list is not exhaustive.

Charles Koch Institute Staff:

Deirdre Hughes, Director of Media Portfolio
Deirdre Hughes is a television and digital producer with 18 years of experience creating original content across multiple platforms. Before joining the Charles Koch Institute, she served as executive producer and head of video for Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Tech, where she launched and oversaw three live, daily programs and more than tripled audience traffic. Prior to Yahoo, Deirdre served as executive producer of Lou Dobbs Tonight on the Fox Business Network, where she created, developed, and launched the program to record ratings for the network and grew key audience ratings by 159 percent in the first year. Before that, she was senior producer for CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight, covering geopolitics, business news, and the political economy. She also produced CNN’s American Morning, a three-hour live, daily news program. Deirdre began her career writing and producing financial news for CNN in 1999. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in radio, TV, and film.

Timothy McCaughan, Sr. Manager of Media Programs
Tim McCaughan comes to CKI with 20 years of media experience at CNN directing the White House unit as well as a top CNN.com property. While at CNN, he covered three U.S. Presidents and traveled to more than 40 countries and all 50 states. Recently, he’s run his own company providing executive-level communications and advocacy for numerous leading organizations.

Adjunct Faculty 2017-2019:

  • Ashley Messenger, NPR, Senior Associate General Counsel.
  • John Papola, Emergent Order, CEO and Executive Creative Director.
  • Peder Zane, Real Clear Investigations, Editor.
  • John Stossel, Fox News Contributor.
  • Kristina Kendall, New Balloon, Executive Vice President.
  • Rob Wallace, ABC News and CBS News, award-winning Producer and Senior Producer; Nxtact, Founder.
  • Eric Schurenberg, Mansueto Ventures, CEO; INC., former President and Editor-in-Chief.
  • Kurt Gray, Professor.
  • Jason Riley, The Wall Street Journal, Columnist.
  • Naomi Riley, Syndicated Columnist.
  • Mike Ricci, Reason, Executive Producer; Fox News.

Guest Speakers:

  • Chris Temple, Documentary Filmmaker and Co-Founder of Living on One.
  • Kevin Goldberg, American Society of News Editors, Counselor.
  • Kmele Foster, Freethink, Partner and Lead Producer.
  • Lily Wu, KAKE Wichita Crime Reporter.
  • Kelly McBride, The Poynter Institute, Vice President.

Important Program Dates

The Media and Journalism Fellows Program will begin accepting applications in the early fall. See our Application Process for the best dates to apply for the 2019 Media and Journalism Fellowship.

Program DurationJune 20, 2018 – June 2019

Media and Journalism Fellowship Program at a Glance

  • 40

    Average Class Size

  • $52,000

    Average Salary

Liz Wolfe Managing Editor at Young Voices sharing during media and journalism fellowship

I was feeling disheartened to the degree in which my ideas and my journalism weren't really accepted on my campus. It felt like it was often met with lots of angry dissent as opposed to more intellectual challenges to the ideas of a free society. It's really cool to learn a little bit about journalism, ethics, and about how to communicate these ideas really well to audiences that might not be interested in them initially.

Liz Wolfe, Managing Editor at Young Voices

What's in it for me?

A full-time job.

Hone your skills as a media or creative professional through a new or existing opportunity with a media company, publication, or non-profit organization. Salary is commensurate with work experience and educational background.

Professional networking.

Build a cross-country network of individuals through weekly classes and networking summits. After the program, you’ll join a network of over 3,000 alumni, including our alumni who have been featured in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list of future leaders!

Robust curriculum.

Engage with faculty and other participants to understand the role you play in supporting free speech and a free press through interactive online programming and elective classes.

Mentorship and presentations from industry experts.

Learn from seasoned industry leaders such as John Stossel (ABC and Fox Business Network), Nancy Perry Graham (Time Inc.), Deirdre Hughes (CNN and Yahoo Tech), Eric Schurenberg (Inc. Magazine), and others at in-person summits and in weekly working groups.

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