Launch your career in journalism
The yearlong Poynter-Koch Media & Journalism Fellowship is designed specifically for aspiring and entrepreneurial journalists to refine their storytelling skills and accelerate their careers in media. Unique and central to the media fellowship program is understanding the crucial role of free speech and a free press in our society.
As a fellow, you will be employed by participating organizations and simultaneously immersed in world-class curriculum to develop your professional skills.
The next session begins in June 2019. Applications are closing soon, but limited spots are still available..
Benefits of being selected as a Poynter-Koch Fellow
A full-time job.
Hone your skills as a media or 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, but the average salary is $52,000.
Build a cross-country cohort of 45 individuals through weekly classes and networking summits. After the program, you’ll join a network of over 3,000 educational program alumni, including Koch-program alumni who have been featured in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list of future leaders.
Engage with faculty and other participants to understand the role you play in supporting free speech and a free press through hands-on training. The curriculum includes three in-person summits, online webinars every week, one-on-one mentoring, and elective projects.
Mentorship and presentations from industry experts.
Learn from seasoned industry leaders from newsrooms like NBC, CNN, ABC, FOXSports.com, Washington Examiner, Yahoo Tech, CBS, and The Poynter Institute.
What you’ll experience as a fellow
As a member of the journalism fellowship program, your average week will be focused on the hands-on experience provided by your participating organization and enhanced through the skills you’ll gain through our online programming. In years past, publications where participants were picked up have included The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Playboy, and USA Today.
Classes are led by our talented faculty as well as industry professionals and media experts with a curriculum that includes:
- Lectures & case studies.
- Speaker series with leaders in media & journalism.
- Core professional skills.
- Peer working groups.
- Independent & group projects.
- Mentorship opportunities.
- Electives such as storytelling, pitching, podcasting, investigative journalism, script writing, and analytics.
Below is a sample of how the curriculum was executed for the 2018-19 fellowship:
Term 1: Role of Free Press in Society.
Enshrined in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights, the First Amendment as applied to journalism gives certain rights and responsibilities to those publishing and broadcasting. Over this first term, fellows build a foundational knowledge of the laws that support journalism and free speech. They cover the fundamentals of libel, copyright, newsgathering, FOIA, access, and other practical issues.
Sample courses include the following: Libel, Copyright, Practical Issues in Media Law.
Term 2: Journalistic Ethics.
The Poynter Institute presents a workshop examining many of the ethical questions that arise for journalists and media professionals in their day-to-day work. Sessions focus on bias and ethical decision making, styles of ethical decision making, source relationships, and covering difficult and sensitive topics.
Sample courses include the following: Basics of Ethical Decision-making, Source Relationships, A Reporter’s Bias Checklist.
Term 3: Telling Powerful, Honest Stories.
Fellows acquire a solid foundation in the basics of fair, factual reporting. This core unit will cover how to vet sources, usage and licensing, seeking truth, and pitching. Featured speakers will accompany this unit and will discuss the basics of good writing and reporting, as well as finding original stories.
Fellows will also acquire a fundamental understanding of what makes for a compelling story. The course will cover the basics of good storytelling for all platforms, as well as more specific discussions of storytelling for platforms such as TV, digital, long-form, and opinion.
Sample courses include the following: The Components of a Story, So You Think You’re a Reporter?, The Big Interview.
Term 4: Having an Impact – Digital Media Intensive.
Fellows gain the practical skills and knowledge that anyone working in media today must possess. These include: how to leverage social media, how to write a compelling headline, how to use visuals to enhance a story, basic digital video shooting and editing, and how to effectively use Facebook. Fellows also receive a grounding in analytics to better understand their audiences.
Google provides fellows with an introduction to some of the many tools available to journalists on their platform, including training resources, best practices for search and research, using images, custom access to Google’s databases, data journalism, verification, and much more.
Fellows also learn what good reporting looks like in an online world. More than just employing the tools in previous lectures, fellows learn the judgement necessary in the world of social media as well as the skills to avoid wheel-spinning in the process.
Sample courses include the following: Digital Tools to Improve Your Newsroom, Reading Social.
Terms 5–7: Professional Skills Electives.
There are three elective terms, allowing fellows to diversify their skill sets and embrace their personal interests.
Sample electives include the following: Working Sources, The Analytics Firehose, Original Reporting, Video for Television and the Web, Writing for Digital.
How to Apply
Find More Information and Apply Here: https://www.charleskochinstitute.org/educational-programs/poynter-koch-media-and-journalism-fellowship/