Deadline: 1 March 2017
The Investigative Fund is seeking applications for its “The Ida B. Wells Fellowship” to promote diversity in journalism by helping to create a pipeline of investigative reporters of color who bring diverse backgrounds, experiences, and interests to their work.
The fellowship honors Ida B. Wells, the pioneering African-American activist and investigative reporter who, during the Jim Crow era, led the nation’s first campaign against lynching. Born into slavery and orphaned at age 16, Wells not only dispelled stereotypes regarding rape and lasciviousness that led to black men and women being lynched, but revealed that often these victims’ only “crimes” were threatening white supremacy through acts of resistance or achievement.
Each spring the Investigative Fund holds a competition to select four fellows, who will be expected to publish or air their findings in a U.S. media outlet within one year of the start of the fellowship.
- The one-year fellowship helps reporters complete their first substantial work of investigative reporting, by providing a $10,000 award and editorial advice from a dedicated Investigative Fund editor.
- Fellows will receive funds to cover travel and other reporting costs, and the costs associated with attending the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors conference.
- They will also enjoy access to research resources, legal assistance, professional mentors, and assistance with story placement and publicity.
Journalists of color are strongly encouraged to apply, as are other reporters who believe their presence would contribute substantially to diversifying investigative reporting in other ways.
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online via given website.
Eligible Country: United States
For more information, please visit Ida B. Wells Fellowship.