Media and Journalism Fellowship
A year of continuing professional education for creative professionals in media and journalism who are passionate about fostering a free press in society.
Program Dates: March 29, 2017 – March 2018
About the Media and Journalism Fellowship
The Charles Koch Institute’s Media and Journalism Fellowship provides promising writers, reporters, and multimedia professionals with the opportunity to develop and refine their journalistic skills by working full time in the industry. The year-long fellowship offers an individualized on-the-job experience and a world-class curriculum—including summits, online webinars, professional skills training, industry speakers, and mentoring—for the next generation of journalists and storytellers.
This fellowship was created for those who share the Charles Koch Institute’s dedication to free speech and the role of a free press in society. To that end, fellows will develop and publish objective stories that help inform the public about today’s most challenging issues. Fellows will get the opportunity to meet top journalists with experience working for such media outlets as ABC News, Inc., Yahoo Finance, Time Inc., and the Fox Business Network.
Through the program, fellows will work full-time for a media outlet or publication, continuing their craft as creative professionals. Fellows from a variety of backgrounds are invited to apply, including:
- Journalists (broadcast, investigative, and multi-platform).
- Editors (daily reporting and editorial content).
- PR professionals.
- Marketing professionals.
- Impact producers.
- Video producers and videographers.
- Graphic designers.
Media and Journalism Fellowship at a Glance:
What’s in it for me?
A full-time job.
Hone your experience as a 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.
Through interactive, Web-based programming, you’ll engage in discussions, lectures, and workshops to understand how creative professionals like you help support free speech and the role of a free press in society. You’ll also have the opportunity to take electives that match your own professional skills and aspirations.
You’ll attend three networking summits with your peers throughout the program, where you’ll make professional connections, learn about each other’s talents, and share knowledge about your projects.
Mentorship and presentations from industry experts.
You’ll learn from well-respected industry leaders, both at in-person summits and in weekly working groups. Just a few of the many experts include:
- Nancy Perry Graham: Nancy previously served as chief content officer for Life Reimagined LLC, a startup multimedia enterprise created as an entry-point brand for AARP. Before that, she served as editor in chief of AARP The Magazine and spent 17 years as a journalist for Time Inc.
- Deirdre Hughes: Deirdre previously served as executive producer and head of video for Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Tech and as executive producer of Lou Dobbs Tonight on CNN and then Fox Business Network. She also produced CNN’s American Morning.
- Eric Schurenberg: Eric is the president and editor in chief of Inc. He was previously the editor of CBS MoneyWatch.com and BNET.com and the managing editor of Money magazine.
- John Stossel: John hosted a weekly talk show on Fox Business Network for seven years and regularly appeared as an analyst on both Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. Prior to that, he was co-anchor of ABC’s primetime newsmagazine show, 20/20.
How you’ll spend your time
Participants will engage in classes on a weekly basis that help them explore and build their professional skills, refresh and expand their portfolios, and understand how a free press impacts creative professionals and society. Sessions will be taught by industry professionals, media experts, and Charles Koch Institute instructors. The curriculum includes:
- Lectures and case studies (e.g., the role of media in society and the basics of objective reporting).
- Speaker series with leaders in media and journalism.
- Core professional skills (e.g., storytelling, investigation, types of writing, social media engagement).
- Peer working groups.
- Independent and group projects.
- Electives (e.g., interviewing, pitching, infographics, public speaking, editing, videography).
Here’s when we recommend submitting an application:
Green: Candidates will be among the first to have their applications reviewed, receive interview invitations, access the jobs portal, and apply to jobs with partner organizations.
Yellow: Candidates may apply, but there is a greater chance they may be waitlisted for the program or have fewer opportunities available to them in the jobs portal.
Red: Admission into the program is highly unlikely given that the program start date is fast approaching and there is limited time to secure a job offer from a partner organization.