Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship 2022-23

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Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship 2022-23

The Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship is a year-long dynamic experiential fellowship that blends educational opportunities with work experience to accelerate your career in journalism.

June 15, 2022– May 5, 2023

Overview

  • Get a full-time job with one of our participating news organizations throughout the United States
  • Gather with other fellows and instructors weekly to learn about and discuss today’s most pressing journalistic issues
  • Study a world-class curriculum that examines the crucial role of free expression and a free press in society
  • Learn from journalists working in newsrooms like The New York Times, NPR, Dallas Morning News, NBC, Outlier and more
  • Meet with your dedicated mentor at least twice a month to focus on your professional development
  • Participate in a capstone project to test your journalistic skills and ability to lead
  • Attend three multi-day journalism summits designed specifically for your fellowship
  • Apply by Feb. 25, 2022

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Learning Outcomes

Areas of focus include:

  • Foundations of journalism: to understand how to execute fair and accurate reporting and storytelling
  • The craft of storytelling: to know how to move across beat structures to deepen storytelling ability and portfolio
  • Audience engagement strategy: to become fluent in the language and execution strategies of audience engagement
  • Leadership & innovation: to understand a diversity of voices and develop strategies to “lead from anywhere”

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Overview

  • Get a full-time job with one of our participating news organizations throughout the United States
  • Gather with other fellows and instructors weekly to learn about and discuss today’s most pressing journalistic issues
  • Study a world-class curriculum that examines the crucial role of free expression and a free press in society
  • Learn from journalists working in newsrooms like The New York Times, NPR, Dallas Morning News, NBC, Outlier and more
  • Meet with your dedicated mentor at least twice a month to focus on your professional development
  • Participate in a capstone project to test your journalistic skills and ability to lead
  • Attend three multi-day journalism summits designed specifically for your fellowship
  • Apply by Feb. 25, 2022

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As a Poynter-Koch fellow, you’ll have the opportunity to find placement as a paid, full-time journalist at a participating news outlet, joining colleagues who are passionate about journalism and the critical role of the free press in society. You’ll learn from each other, on the job, and from a robust, real-world curriculum presented by seasoned, professional journalists.

Per Poynter’s Ethics Policy, Poynter maintains editorial independence regarding curriculum and content. The media and journalism fellowship relationship between Poynter and Stand Together Fellowships, from the Charles Koch Institute, is a teaching partnership. A list of Poynter’s largest funders and teaching partners can be found here.

In-person and virtual workshops

Fellows gather weekly to engage in robust coursework, such as media training and workshops and discussions about today’s most pressing journalistic issues. Three times during the year you’ll join the other fellows and faculty for additional workshops and activities in-person at multi-day summits in Washington, D.C., and St. Petersburg, Florida (we are also prepared to host interactive online summits, pending health and travel guidelines).

Our participants — up to 60 per fellowship class — come from all over the United States. The news organizations they work for range from metropolitan dailies to local market television stations to digital enterprises. Fellows contribute their many unique perspectives to an ongoing dialogue over the future of journalism.

See the participating organizations here.

Questions?

If you need assistance, email us at info@poynter.org or admissions@charleskochinstitute.org.

Important program dates

Application closes: Feb. 25, 2022
Fellowship class announced: June 6, 2022
Program begins: June 15, 2022
Program ends: May 5, 2023

Program outline

During the first six months of the program, Fellows will focus on strengthening their journalistic foundations, including: ethics, FOIA, newsgathering and access, conflicts of interest, bias and privilege, interviewing, managing sources, and cross-platform storytelling.

During the last six months, Fellows will dive deeper on storytelling and career planning, immersing themselves in topics including: podcasting, investigative journalism, multiplatform writing, long-form storytelling, documentary, analytics, graphic design, video producing, newsletter writing, media training, resume writing, having difficult conversations, and work-life chemistry.

We expect to update topics and presenters to best serve the needs of the current class of fellows.

In-person summits

Opening Three-day Summit (June) – Washington, D.C.
Mid Year Summit (December) – St. Petersburg, Florida
Closing Summit (May) – Washington, D.C.

Who should apply

You should apply if you are passionate about journalism and telling inspiring stories, but you know there is more to learn and want to sharpen your skills. You’re a hard-worker and self-motivated. You understand the importance of free expression and the role of the press in society. You describe yourself as a life-long learner. You work well independently but also enjoy collaborating with others. You know there are media outlets that can benefit from your knowledge and skills.

Ideal candidates will have one to three years of experience in media and/or journalism.

Application process

Your next opportunity to participate in the Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship begins in Summer 2022, so apply now! The deadline to apply is Feb. 25, 2022.

The application is available online here.

The Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship believes that diversity in experiences, perspectives, knowledge and ideas fuels creativity, broadens knowledge, and helps drive success. Our admissions office treats all program participants and applicants with honesty, dignity, respect and sensitivity. We welcome all qualified applicants regardless of color, race, religion, religious creed, sex, gender or gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, ancestry, age, physical ability, mental ability, medical condition, pregnancy (including medical needs which may arise from pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), military and veteran status, genetic information, marital or familial status, political affiliation, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

Cost

There is no application fee and there is no tuition. All travel and workshops are paid for by the program.

Accepted fellows will be compensated for their full-time work at participating news organizations from June to June of the next year. Your salary is negotiated by you with the employer/participating organization and is generally commensurate to experience. The fellowship program provides a salary stipend to the employer of 60% of salary up to a maximum award of $50,000 per fellow.

Instructors

Lead Faculty

  • Kristen Hare
    Faculty, The Poynter Institute
    Kristen Hare covers and teaches on the transformation of local news for the Poynter Institute. Her work for Poynter has earned her a Mirror Award...
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  • Tim McCaughan
    Senior Manager of Media Programs, Stand Together Fellowships
    Tim McCaughan joined CKI following 25 years of experience in media. During two decades at CNN, McCaughan directed the White House unit as its Senior...
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  • Omar L. Gallaga
    Adjunct
    Omar L. Gallaga is a technology and culture writer based in central Texas. He has written for NPR, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, The Wall...
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Guest Faculty

  • Kelly McBride
    Senior Vice President and Chair of Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership
    Kelly McBride is a journalist, consultant and one of the country’s leading voices on media ethics and democracy. She is senior vice president and chair...
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  • Ashley Messenger
    Senior Associate General Counsel, NPR
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  • Dan Lothian
    Host of the WGBH online series "State of Race"
    Dan Lothian is a former CNN White House correspondent and NBC News National correspondent. He is currently the host of the WGBH online series "State...
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  • Kat Stafford
    National Investigative Race Writer, The Associated Press
    Kat Stafford is a national investigative writer and a global investigations correspondent, focused on race and inequity at The Associated Press. Prior to joining the...
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  • Jeremy Caplan
    Director of Teaching and Learning at CUNY's Newmark Graduate School of Journalism
    In his role as director of teaching, learning and assessment at the Newmark J-School, Jeremy Caplan serves as adjunct coordinator, implements new faculty development programs,...
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  • Doris Truong
    Director of Teaching & Diversity Strategies
    Doris Truong is Poynter’s director of teaching and diversity strategies. She helps newsrooms better cover their communities by providing the resources to recruit, retain and...
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  • Steve Bien-Aimé
    Adjunct and Northern Kentucky University assistant professor
    Steve Bien-Aimé was the lead instructor in 2019-20 for the Poynter-Koch Media Journalism Fellowship and is an assistant professor at Northern Kentucky University. Bien-Aimé teaches...
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  • Benét Wilson
    Credit Cards Editor, The Points Guy
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  • Jacqué Palmer
    Sr. Editorial & Loyalty Impact Manager, Vox Media
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  • Samantha Ragland
    Faculty
    A Southerner to the core, Samantha Ragland is a Poynter faculty member. Her portfolio includes the Leadership Academy for Women in Media and the Poynter-Koch...
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  • Caitlin Dewey
    Enterprise Reporter, The Buffalo News
    Caitlin is an enterprise reporter at The Buffalo News, covering stories about how Western New York is changing. A Buffalo native, she spent six years...
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  • Amanda Ripley
    Journalist and Author, “High Conflict”
    Amanda Ripley is a New York Times bestselling author, an investigative journalist and host of the Slate podcast How To! She’s spent her career trying...
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  • Hélène Biandudi Hofer
    Manager, Complicating the Narratives — Solutions Journalism Network
    Hélène Biandudi Hofer is a broadcast journalist, a documentary filmmaker, and a media entrepreneur. Prior to joining The Complicated Narratives Project, she spent nearly a...
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Advisors

  • Chris Sheridan
    Adjunct; Leadership Consultant; Professor, Wake University
    Chris is a coach, educator and storyteller who knows that getting to the right answer starts with asking the right question.  After 20+ years in...
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  • Caitlin Dewey
    Enterprise Reporter, The Buffalo News
    Caitlin is an enterprise reporter at The Buffalo News, covering stories about how Western New York is changing. A Buffalo native, she spent six years...
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  • Benét Wilson
    Credit Cards Editor, The Points Guy
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  • Dan Lothian
    Host of the WGBH online series "State of Race"
    Dan Lothian is a former CNN White House correspondent and NBC News National correspondent. He is currently the host of the WGBH online series "State...
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  • Gil Asakawa
    Journalist and Cultural Consultant
    Gil Asakawa is a journalist and cultural consultant whose experience runs the gamut from at Denver’s alternative weekly newspaper Westword and the Colorado Springs Gazette...
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  • Omar L. Gallaga
    Adjunct
    Omar L. Gallaga is a technology and culture writer based in central Texas. He has written for NPR, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, The Wall...
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Mentors

  • Caridad Hernandez
    Assistant News Director, WUSA
    Caridad Hernandez is the Assistant News Director for WUSA.
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  • Alex Sujong Laughlin
    Host, The Cohort
    Alex Sujong Laughlin is the host of The Cohort newsletter. The Cohort is the nonprofit Poynter Institute’s twice monthly newsletter about gender in digital media...
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  • Wilkine Brutus
    Multimedia Journalist, WLRN, South Florida's NPR Station
    Wilkine Brutus is a multimedia journalist for WLRN, South Florida's NPR station. He's an alumni of Washington Post/Poynter Institute’s 2019 Leadership Academy and guest faculty...
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  • Erica R. Hendry
    Managing Editor, Digital, PBS NewsHour
    Erica R. Hendry is a multi-platform journalist with experience in breaking news and feature reporting, digital and long-form editing, video producing and editing, social media...
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  • Goldie Taylor
    Editor-at-Large, The Daily Beast
    Goldie Taylor is editor-at-large for The Daily Beast. A seasoned journalist, Taylor got her start as an Armed Forces public affairs broadcaster and desk assistant...
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  • Eddie Burkhalter
    Reporter, Alabama Political Reporter
    Eddie Burkhalter moved to Alabama from his home state of Georgia in 2001. While studying social work at Jacksonville State University, he took a job...
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  • Marlon A. Walker
    Executive Editor, Clarion Ledger
    Marlon A. Walker is an award-winning journalist who currently serves as the executive editor for the Clarion Ledger in Jackson, Miss. His expertise ranges from...
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