The Open Notebook has launched the Sharon Dunwoody Science Journalism Mentoring Program, a free, nine-month mentoring program aimed at increasing the diversity of voices covering science and supporting journalists who are from underrepresented communities or who have experienced higher than average barriers to entry to the field.
During the course of this program, each participant will be paired with a paid mentor as part of an individually tailored learning program aimed at providing the skills and community support to help them do their best work in covering science.
This program will offer participants the opportunity to explore their career interests, challenges, and passions and to sharpen their skills as part of a talented, supportive, diverse community of mentees and mentors.
This mentoring program is made possible at no cost to participants through the generous support of Science Sandbox and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
The mentoring period is May 3, 2023—February 3, 2024.
- The goal of the Sharon Dunwoody Science Journalism Mentoring Program is to increase the diversity of voices covering science, and the program is particularly aimed at serving people who are from groups that have been historically underrepresented in science journalism or who have experienced higher than average barriers to entry to the field. This includes but is not restricted to people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people from the Global South, and people with disabilities.
- Applicants’ career goal or current occupation must involve covering science as a journalist.
- This program is designed for aspiring, early-career, and mid-career journalists from underrepresented communities.
- Students are eligible to apply, but the program is not intended for students who are currently enrolled (or have been accepted to enroll) in a journalism or science writing program.
- Graduate or postgraduate degrees in either science or journalism are not required. However, applicants are required to have some amount of training, experience, or demonstrated enthusiasm for writing about science for the general public.
- International applicants are welcome. They encourage you to apply even if English is not your native language, but some level of conversational English proficiency is required, and the success of your application may depend on the ability to find a suitable mentor with the same native language.
- Applications must be in English. Materials translated into English from another language are acceptable.
For more information, visit The Open Notebook.