Get Up to $10,000 Grant for Chicago/Midwest-based Journalists in the Pulitzer Center Longworth Media Fellowships 2020

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If you’re a Chicago based/Midwestern journalist working in either print or broadcast media, apply now for a chance to be granted $10,000 to report on global issues in the Pulitzer Center Longworth Media Fellowships. 

Two $10,000 fellowships will be awarded each year for the next two years to journalists focusing on global issues that affect Chicago and Midwestern readers and viewers.

This is a unique opportunity for reporters to bring forward reports from neglected foreign events without having to worry about the financial pressures known to have hit Chicago and Midwestern media. 

This fellowship realizes the increasing impact of foreign news on lives and extends this chance to journalists to promote international reporting.

Read below for more information on how to apply, eligibility and deadline 

Application Deadline: July 15, 2020

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Benefits

Journalists who are selected will:

  • Be awarded Two $10,000 fellowships each year for the next two years.
  • Receive access to a wide platform to bring global underreported/unreported issues to the attention of the general public 
  • Have access to means of reporting credible news to a wider audience reach

Eligibility

To qualify for this grant: 

  • Applicants must be print, broadcast or online journalists based in Chicago or elsewhere in the Midwest. 
  • Applicants can be staff journalists as well as free-lancers. 

Requirements

The fellowship requires that:

  • Field reporting should be from international locations 
  • Reports must be timely, objective and of clear interest and importance to Chicago and Midwestern audiences.

Distribution

  •  Proposed projects must include a credible plan for broad dissemination of the resulting work in Chicago or other Midwestern news media (print, online and/or broadcast). 
  • Both staffers and freelancers should be able to demonstrate committed interest from editors and/or producers.
  • For freelancers, the credibility of a distribution plan is generally most evident in an applicant’s track record working with the listed outlets. 
  • Letters from editors and/or producers who have worked with you in the past, and are interested in working with you again, are encouraged

Do not have editors send letters simply stating they would consider the work.

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Application Instructions

Applications must include the following:

  • A description of the proposed project and timeline in no more than 250 words.
  • A preliminary budget estimate, including a basic breakdown of costs for travel, ground transportation, lodging, meals, visas and local reporting partner/translator fees.
  • Distribution plan.
  • Three samples of published work, either print or broadcast.
  • Three professional references. These can be either contact information or letters of recommendation. The latter is encouraged when letters from interested producers or editors are available.
  • A copy of your curriculum vitae.
  • Applications may also include a more detailed description of project, but this will be considered as an optional supplement only. The most important part of the submission is the 250-word summary.

Please apply via the standard Pulitzer Center grant application form.

About the Pulitzer Center Longworth Media Fellowships

The Pulitzer Center  Longworth Media Fellowships is a collaboration between the Pulitzer Center and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs that aims to promote international reporting by Chicago and Midwestern journalists.

The Pulitzer Center raises awareness on underreported global issues through direct support for quality journalism across all media platforms and a unique program of education and public outreach

Founded in 2006, the center is focused on raising awareness of the interconnected nature of the greatest challenges of our times and pointing to possible solutions.

Every year the program supports more than 150 reporting projects, resulting in more than 600 stories. Over $2 million has been awarded to support journalists through direct grants and participation in educational programming.

Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline for submission of applications is 15th of July, 2020

  • All entries will be reviewed against a background of journalistic experience, credibility, and evidenced passion for the profession.

The program will be administered by the Pulitzer Center in Washington, D.C. 

Networking and Partnership Opportunities

Pulitzer Center partners with more than 150 news outlets, from The New York Times, PBS NewsHour, and The New Yorker to Vice, The Guardian, and National Geographic–with an increasing focus on U.S. regional and local outlets to ensure to reaching diverse audiences

The center has formal partnerships with 38 colleges and universities, providing on-campus journalist visits and reporting fellowships for students through our Campus Consortium.

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