Call for Applications: Woodrow Wilson Higher Education Media Fellowship

MISSION

The Woodrow Wilson Higher Education Media Fellowship aims to increase the number of journalists with the tools and networks to provide richer and more comprehensive coverage of postsecondary education, particularly career and technical education. The Fellowship program is sponsored by the ECMC Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

THE FELLOWSHIP

Each ECMC Foundation Fellow in the WW Higher Education Fellowship program will be awarded $10,000—$5,000 as a stipend and $5,000 towards the reporting project. The six-month, non-residential program begins with an expense-paid post secondary career and technical education (CTE) symposium. Following the symposium, Fellows must complete a reporting project, such as a special report or series. Fellows will also attend a CTE Collaborative Convening hosted by the ECMC Foundation in the fall.

The Fellowship is open to U.S. journalists who are education beat reporters or those whose work experience includes reporting on education and associated workforce development, social, or public policy issues. Potential Fellows will be early- and mid-career journalists interested in deepening and expanding their understanding of postsecondary education with a specific emphasis on CTE. Print, radio, TV, multimedia, and online editors and journalists from local and national publications and digital-only news platforms are eligible, as are freelancers who target mainstream/corporate and independent media outlets.

MORE INFO

If you would like more information or have questions about the WW Higher Education Media Fellowship, contact CTEMedia@woodrow.org.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 01: ELIGIBILITY

Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • • education beat reporters or those whose work experience includes reporting on education and associated workforce development, social, or public policy issues
  • • interest in deepening and expanding their understanding of postsecondary education with a specific emphasis on career and technical education
  • • staff or professional freelance journalist able to work independently while holding regular jobs or commitments
  • • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency (if permanent resident, a copy of your Green Card must be included as part of your supplemental items PDF)

If you have questions about your eligibility, please email CTEMedia@woodrow.org.

STEP 02: PREPARING YOUR APPLICATION

The Woodrow Wilson Foundation uses an online application portal which requires an account. There is no fee to apply. Once you’ve created an account, the online application includes basic personal and professional information, a statement of interest, an area to link to three work samples, and prompts to upload and request your supplemental items. If you bookmark the portal, you can log in any time to make changes.

Statement of interest: In 500 words or less, please tell us your interest in pursuing this Fellowship opportunity and why you would be a good candidate.

Three (3) work samples: Please provide links to and PDF copies of three work samples published within the past five years. These samples should be your best recent work. Links will be submitted as a part of the application, PDF versions will be included in the supplemental items packet that you will upload.

Two (2) Letters of Recommendation: These letters (1-2 pages in length) should evaluate your reporting interests; assess the quality of your journalistic work; explain how the award will benefit your professional development; briefly discuss your reporting qualifications; and assess your commitment to quality coverage of issues facing American education.

  • • At least one letter of recommendation should be from an editor or supervisor and include a statement of support for completing the requirements of this Fellowship. If freelance, the letter with statement of support for the reporting project must be written by an appropriate editor at an independent news outlet.
  • • The other letter may come from anyone in the applicant’s professional network. It may not come from a family member.
  • • You will be prompted to submit contact information for your recommenders through the portal. They will receive an email requesting they upload their letter.
  • • Letters of recommendation must be written on professional letterhead, signed, and submitted through the online application.

It is strongly recommended that you request letters of recommendation as early as possible, recommendation letters and supplemental items must be received PRIOR to submitting the application. Submit the application when complete, using the submit button at the left-hand side of the application. If you have missed any required fields, you will receive an error message.  Click on the item(s) listed within parentheses and you will be taken directly to the missed field.  Once all required fields have been completed, click on the submit button.

Required Supplemental Materials

A single PDF file will be uploaded as your supplemental items packet. Please name the file “LastnameFirstname_HEM_Supplemental” with no spaces. The supplemental items PDF packet will include, in this order:

  1. Resumé: This is an important opportunity to showcase your excellence. There is no need to limit your résumé to one page, but we ask you make it no more than two pages.
  2. Full work samples: Please include a full length version of the work samples you indicated in your application. Photo packages should include full caption information and be laid out in the PDF packet. Video, radio, or TV pieces can be included as a hyperlink to a public version.

If you need help with the online application portal, email tech-help@woodrow.org.

STEP 03: APPLY

Once you’ve completed your application, uploaded supplemental materials, and the system has received your requested letters of recommendation, you can submit your application. You can track receipt of your letters of recommendation in the “recommenders” section of your application. It is your responsibility to follow up with your recommenders to ensure that they have submitted their online recommendation by the deadline.

If you have any questions about your eligibility or application, email CTEMedia@woodrow.org. Finalists will be notified by late-January.

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