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2014 Penny Bender Fuchs Diversity Fellowship

When: Aug. 20-23, 2014, at the Freedom Forum in Nashville.

Sponsor: Society for Features Journalism

Who is this for: Journalists of color who produce arts and features content for news organizations or those interested in pursuing careers in arts and features journalism.

Application deadline: May 1, 2014

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2012 diversity fellows Christina Rosales and Helaine Williams hard at work during the annual conference.

The Society for Features Journalism is committed to developing news-gathering staffs representative of the multicultural communities its members serve. Toward this goal, SFJ is sponsoring the Penny Bender Fuchs Diversity Fellowship Program for journalists of color in conjunction with its annual conference at the Freedom Forum in Nashville. Programming will have heavy emphasis on multimedia, leadership and writing.

Diversity fellows learn what’s happening in features departments nationwide while networking with outstanding journalists specializing in lifestyle coverage. Fellowships cover SFJ conference registration, airfare and hotel. Fellows will also receive a $300 stipend to be used toward conference-related expenses such as baggage and transportation fees and meals not covered by the conference. The fellowship is named in honor of the late Penny Bender Fuchs, a former executive director of SFJ who was a strong advocate of the fellows program.

Fellows are asked to contribute to the conference by completing a project and presenting a short report to the group at the conclusion of the event.

How to apply

Application must contain ALL of the following:

  • Resume
  • Single-page essay explaining what you love about your job and how you have distinguished yourself in arts/features coverage at your news organization.
  • Photo of yourself for conference program and SFJ website.
  • Letter of recommendation

Submit THREE work examples:

  • For writers, three storytelling examples from print and/or online editions.
  • For editors, three samples of sections or pages with comments on how stories were generated or edited.
  • For copy editors, three headlines with stories attached, plus two stories with editing comments.
  • For designers, three samples of single- or multi-page layouts.
  • For journalists with online-only work, list Web links in your application letter. Include a short explanation of your role in site design and/or maintenance.

Deadline

Applications are due May 1, 2014. Selections will be announced by May 23, 2014. Email applications with PDF attachments to Marian Liu at marianbackstage@gmail.com. Questions: (954) 356-4429

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