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TRENDS Reporting Fellowship - Application Deadline Extended

Would you like to sharpen your skills at building trust with sources, understanding community issues through resident perspectives, and shaping policy through public service journalism?

If so, we encourage you to apply to the inaugural cohort of the TRENDS Reporting Fellowship. This year-long, virtual learning opportunity will feature monthly workshops conducted by nationally recognized experts. Learn the four pillars of solutions reporting, developed by New York Times reporters, and presented by the Solutions Journalism Network. Learn how to organize with communities and newsrooms to transform local journalism, with workshops presented by the Free Press News Voices program. Learn how to do all of this through an equity lens, with Building Bridges, an organization specializing in anti-oppression training.

Community Foundation Boulder County envisions a more diverse and inclusive local news ecosystem, in which Boulder County's full diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and class is represented on both sides of the story: in the people whose stories are covered, and in the journalists covering the stories.

To that end, the Foundation in partnership with KGNU is creating a new TRENDS Reporting Fellowship program. Its goals are to support emerging journalists, working journalists, and communications professionals in honing their skills at producing stories that can shift public attitudes about issues of pressing community-wide concern; develop innovative and outstanding reporting approaches that other journalists can emulate; and deepen relationships between journalists and community-based leaders, experts and other stakeholders. Through their work, program participants will create new models and practices that could be replicated by others.

The Foundation plans to convene a diverse, inaugural cohort of approximately 15 Fellows, starting in fall 2020. The Fellows will produce innovative, high-quality, and in some cases collaborative, special projects in a variety of media formats and genres, such as long-form investigations, in-depth series, multimedia productions, and podcasts.

The program will be open to independent, freelance, and emerging journalists who have had or will soon have, their work published by local news outlets, as well as communications professionals, focused on the production of community-oriented, newsworthy information aspiring to support the local media landscape. Communications professionals working for the government and non-profit organizations are also eligible and encouraged to apply.

The fellows will receive in-depth training over 9-10 months from nationally-recognized experts on structural, systemic, and historical issues, particularly those linked to racism and discrimination. They will also deepen their journalistic skills in such areas as solutions journalism and community engagement while connecting them to resources and tools such as data-based reporting and investigative techniques.

The Fellows will network with community members and leaders, local community-based experts, and thought leaders working on issues of pressing concern. They will go on-site visits to examine these issues more closely. They will explore innovative ways to reframe news stories and engage members of the public. They will give and receive peer review and guidance.

Fellows who are independent, freelance communications professionals may receive need-based scholarships to support their training, and will also be eligible for stipends to support their reporting projects. Fellows who are on staff full-time at their organizations are ineligible for scholarships or stipends. However, all fellows can have the cost of their tuition reimbursed upon completion of the fellowship and submission of a final report reflecting on what they've produced since becoming a Fellow, and demonstrating evidence of reporting that incorporates what they've learned.

The Application deadline has been extended to Sunday, August 30th at midnight.

Want to learn more? Join us for an info session, this Monday, Aug. 24 at noon, or Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 5:30 p.m. <-- Just click on those Zoom links at the designated times to join.

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Created:08/07/20, Modified:08/20/20, expires:08/30/20, priority:2