Category Archives: Journalist
“Your participation will help your local journalists and the journalism industry serve you better. With that in mind, would you be willing to meet with one of our journalists for one hour, at a place and time convenient for you, to discuss this further?” – FW Star-Telegram
We’ve all seen the studies that show that the majority of the public does not trust the press and it doesn’t help that President Trump calls us “fake news.” The Star-Telegram is making the right move. Check out the survey.
Today we need to know what readers, viewers, and listeners want and not what we believe they want.
2017 Journalism Fellowships: Politics, Education, Media, World Issues, Public Service, Environment, and Investigative
Open a door to a new experience with a journalism fellowship. Free education in most cases. Here is a list of 16 journalism fellowships that give you an experience in everything from politics and media to immigration issues. Check these out and also share them.
American Press Institute Fellowship
Deadline January 16, 2017
The American Press Institute offers a paid summer fellowship for college students or recent graduates to conduct research and publish insights that advance innovation and sustainability in journalism. Application
Deadline Jan. 26, 2017
The Jefferson Fellowships offer print and broadcast journalists from the United States, Asia and the Pacific Islands the unique opportunity to gain on-the-ground perspectives and build international networks to enhance their reporting through an intensive one-week education and dialogue seminar at the East-West Center in Honolulu followed by two weeks of study tour travel in the Asia Pacific-U.S. region.>>Application
The O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism
Deadline January 27, 2017
This is a reporting fellowship. O’Brien Fellows will return to their newsrooms after an academic year with a world-class project and a paid Marquette student intern for summer 2017.>>Application
Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellowship in Journalism Innovation
Deadline: January 31, 2017
The Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellowship in Journalism Innovation brings individuals to Harvard University to work on a specific course of research or a specific project relating to journalism innovation. The fellowship is a collaboration between the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard. For more information > Nieman ‘How to Apply’
The Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowship
Deadline January 31, 2017
The Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowship offers an opportunity for experienced journalists wishing to undertake research projects on a variety of subjects. Application
Hearst Journalism Fellowship
Deadline: Friday of the second full week in January (according to website)
The Fellowship is a two-year program focusing on multimedia journalism. It consists of two 12-month rotations at Hearst’s top metro papers. More: Application Instructions
The Spencer Fellowship for Education
Deadline February 1, 2017
The Spencer Fellowship for Education Reporting is open to journalists, educators and education policy researchers who want to develop an ambitious, long-form journalism project to advance the understanding of education. Four fellows will be selected for this highly competitive program, which combines coursework in residence at Columbia Journalism School and Teachers College, and hands-on advising from education writing experts. Application
Joan Shorenstein Fellowship
Deadline Feb. 1, 2017
The mission of the Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program is to advance research in the field of media, politics and public policy; facilitate a dialogue among journalists, scholars, policymakers and students; provide an opportunity for reflection; and create a vibrant and long-lasting community of scholars and practitioners. Must be a full-time journalist, politician, scholar or policymaker currently active in the field. Application
Deadline February 1, 2017
A Knight-Wallace Fellowship recognizes exceptional journalists for their work, leadership and potential with a unique opportunity: an academic year of study, developing new perspectives and networks, and achieving both professional and personal growth at the University of Michigan, one of the world’s finest universities. Application
MetCalf Institute Fellowship for Marine and Environmental Reporting
Deadline February 6, 2017
Journalists from all media who want to improve their skills in environmental reporting can apply for a weeklong workshop in Rhode Island. The Metcalf Institute is accepting applications for the Annual Science Immersion Workshop for journalists. The workshop will take place at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography on June 4 to 9, 2017. Application
Fund for Investigative Journalism
Deadline Feb. 6, 2017
The Fund encourages proposals written for ethnic media and submitted by journalists of color. Grants average $5,000 and cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental. The Fund also considers requests for small stipends Application
Sylvia Rowe Fellowship
Deadline February 8, 2017
Good for Graduate students interested in nutrition and journalism. IFIC Foundation now accepting applications for 2017 Sylvia Rowe Fellowship for Nutrition, Food Safety Communicators. Application
The Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship
Deadline Feb. 13, 2017
Working journalists with less than 10 years of professional experience in print or online journalism are eligible to apply for the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program. Applicants propose a one-year writing project on a topic of their choosing, focusing on journalism supportive of American culture and a free society. In addition, the program awards separate fellowships on the environment, on free enterprise and on law enforcement. Application
Loyola Law School Fellowships for Journalists
Deadline Feb. 15, 2017
Loyola Law School is offering 35 professional journalists fellowships. The challenge of reporting on the legal system without a law degree is daunting. To help support journalists who cover the courts on national, regional or local levels, the Civil Justice Program at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, has developed the journalist law program consisting of a four-day intensive seminar on the legal system. Lectures, lodging and most meals are covered by the program. Application
IRE Freelance Fellowship
Deadline April 3, 2017
Awards of $1,000 or more are available to assist in conducting investigative projects. Application
IRE Diversity Fellowship
Deadline April 23, 2017
These fellowships are aimed at increasing the diversity of IRE’s membership.
Let’s stop the use of the term “White Hispanic” especially if you are a journalist. We as Hispanics do not use that label. We come in different shades but that’s about it.
On the day of the deadly shooting in Fort Lauderdale, Tariq Nasheed went on Twitter and used the term “White Hispanic” to describe the suspect. The self-proclaimed “Anti-racism strategist” tweeted:
Yes, I heard the term used during the George Zimmerman case, but again that does not make the term acceptable including in news report or social media posts.
People on Twitter slapped Nasheed with harsh criticism for using that term. He found no problem using “White Hispanic” because the government uses it.
Nasheed has yet to respond to my tweets. I’m waiting.
Take it from me, as a person who has been a Hispanic for more than 50 years. We don’t use that term and we don’t divide our people. And as veteran journalist, we know better as reporters not to use government terms when telling a story.
Learn from Tariq Nasheed’s mistake.
Hispanics are Hispanics.
Brave, bold, fearless and fair is how I would describe the four national TV news anchors and correspondents I have chosen as my best for 2016. As journalists we should all want to model after the work done by Jake Tapper, Gretchen Carlson, Tom Llamas and Jim Acosta. In a business that is challenged by fake news and “wannabe news celebrities” these four journalists are the real “truth seekers.”
JAKE TAPPER: THE BEST TV NEWS INTERVIEWER, SPIN NOT ALLOWED
If you want to learn how to be a great interviewer, all you have to do is watch Jake Tapper every day on CNN.
He uses solid facts to push for the truth and doesn’t allow anyone to add spin to an answer. Whether he is talking to a politician or someone who happens to be where news is breaking, Jake digs deep and peels off the layers.
Thanks Jake for teaching journalists how to do an interview with determination and class.
GRETCHEN CARLSON: THE WOMAN WHO EXPOSED SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN TV NEWS
Gretchen Carlson changed life for women in TV news.
In 2016, she exposed sexual harassment in the newsroom and on the way took down one of the most powerful men in the business AKA Roger Ailes. He had all the power to do what he wanted when he ran Fox News and he did just that. Under his rule, women had to be beautiful, wear body hugging dresses, shorten the hems and show lots of leg when on-air.
But when Ailes’ power turned to sexual harassment, Gretchen skillfully planned how to expose him. She filed a lawsuit. Her former co-workers at Fox News, including several women turned on her. Shame on them! Not even current Fox princess, Meygan Kelly had the courage to speak up until she had to especially when it was time to promote her book.
Eventually Ailes was shown the door with a 40 million dollar paycheck, and Gretchen settled too. Thank you Gretchen for giving women in news the courage to stand up, speak up in our newsrooms even if it means losing a job. We do matter more!
TAKING CHARGE ON THE DONALD TRUMP CAMPAIGN TRAIL: JIM ACOSTA AND TOM LLAMAS
Jim Acosta of CNN and Tom Llamas of ABC News lived out of suitcases during the 2016 presidential campaign covering Donald Trump’s every move. They were unstoppable as they pursued the facts even when Trump and his supporters aimed their angry, ugly words and actions at them.
To become a good reporter you have to be fearless when seeking the truth. Well Jim and Tom proved they don’t get angry or even, they just get the job done.
Jim and Tom are also two of the few Latinos covering the political beat on a national level. They are role models to many Latino/Latina journalists coming up the ranks.
Tom and Jim thank you for showing us journalists to push forward when a wall of angry words hit you right in the face from all angles.
Who will be the best in 2017? Stay tuned.
A good journalist does not allow anyone to set the ground rules for an interview or meeting. And we do our best to avoid “off-the-record” conversations.
Our job as reporters is to get the facts and share them with the public. You can’t do that if you agree to go “off-the-record” which means you can’t share anything you talked about during that discussion.
TRUMP HAD HIS WAY WITH TV JOURNALISTS
On Monday, President-elect Donald Trump had his way with some of the best TV journalists and their bosses. They were suckered into a meeting where they became his punching bags.
I watched on a live feed as CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Erin Burnett, NBC’s Lester Holt, CBS’s Gayle King, Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos arrived to Trump Tower. According to the New York Post the meeting turned into a Trump tirade. He was finally facing the people he called “scum and liars” on the campaign trail. He took the opportunity on his turf to let them know what he thought of them and according to sources it was ugly.
I am disappointed they agreed to have an “off-the-record” meeting with the President-elect. What were they thinking? What happened to digging for the truth, standing up for journalism, and not taking his abuse anymore.
All these high-profile TV news anchors, reporters and managers missed a big opportunity to stand together as journalists and tell Mr. Trump that we won’t be humiliated, berated, intimidated, or bullied for doing our jobs. Maybe I’m wrong, maybe one of the TV anchors or reporters was brave enough to speak up for journalists in that meeting, but I guess we’ll never know since it was “off the record.”
Donald Trump played the media. Here’s hoping those high-profile TV news anchors and reporters don’t get suckered by him again in the future.
MORE ON TV JOURNALISTS AND TRUMP
Here’s a video worth watching.
Washington Post media columnists Erik Wemple and Margaret Sullivan talk about the meeting between the TV journalists and Trump, and how the broadcasters and their bosses should have known better.
Latinos may have been the big voting block in the 2016 Presidential elections but apparently the folks at the Latin Grammy Awards didn’t want the media to ask any questions about politics to the winners or nominees.
EN SHOCK. En la sala de prensa @latingrammy nos pidieron a todos los miembros de medios de comunicación q no hagamos preguntas de politica. Que error buscar silenciar temas que importan tanto #latingrammy
IN SHOCK In the #LatinGrammy press room they have just asked all members of the media NOT to ask questions related to politics. What a mistake to silence the topics that are so important for Latinos right now.
The media should not be silenced. We have the right to ask anyone including celebrities questions about any topic. And guess what? Everyone has an opinion on the recent election of President-elect Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s loss.
Here’s hoping someone in the press let the nominees and winners know they have been told not to do their jobs, ask the questions they want about politics. Here’s to hoping the celebrities, entertainers, and Latin Grammy nominees and winners speak out and complain too.
Stand up for the media. We have to do our jobs even at the Latin Grammy Awards.
I am shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Gwen Ifill.
As a well-respected journalist, Gwen broke barriers for many women of color including myself.
The picture I share is one of the highlights during my time as a student at Walter Cronkite School in Arizona State University.
This was in 2013. Gwen was a guest speaker at a school event.
Her topic was on diversity and inclusion in the news. Here’s the event video from that day.
Before her appearance, Gwen wanted to meet with groups such as the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). When I heard she was coming, I knew I had to attend.
During the meeting, she answered our questions, talked about her journey, gave us some great tips and about having more diversity in the newsroom.
Gwen was a class act. She was kind enough to take photos with everyone that day. She took her time to talk to all of us about any questions we had.
To me, she was one of the nicest people I have ever met.
LESSONS FROM GWEN
As a woman of color, Gwen taught me not be afraid to ask the tough questions. She was also not afraid to be her unapologetic self in the society where women, especially Black and Latina women, are undermined and ignored in their contributions .
Even with her success, I loved how she was still humble and down to earth. She never forgot her New York roots.
While she may no longer be with us, her spirit lives on through our interventions in creating more stories about us in a medium that still undermines our contributions in journalism.
Stephanie Guzman is a digital producer at KMTV, the CBS affiliate in Omaha, NE. She’s also a 2015 graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Communications at Arizona State University, and a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
I admire good journalists. I admired Gwen Ifill for everything she had accomplished in the world of journalism. I met her once at a journalism conference. She was surrounded by many journalists, all of them fans of hers. When I heard of her passing on Monday, I remembered three of my favorite Gwen quotes. Rest in peace Gwen.
A win for journalism and freedom of the press today in North Dakota!
A ‘riot’ charge has been dropped against veteran journalist Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! The State’s attorney’s office hit Goodman with that charge on Friday after dropping trespassing charges for her coverage of the thousands of Native American’s protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Today, the North Dakota District judge found no validity in the charge. Goodman said on DemocracyNow.org “This is a complete vindication of my right as a journalist to cover the attack on the protesters, and of the public’s right to know what is happening with the Dakota Access pipeline.”
Democracy Now! plans to continue covering the story. Read more at Democracy Now!
IN MY OPINION
Freedom of the press is alive and well thanks to North Dakota District Judge John Grinsteiner who made the right decision, but State’s Attorney Ladd R Erickson needs to learn you cannot abuse your legal power to silence the media when we seek the truth.
Thanks for your coverage and bravery Amy Goodman.
Covering protests is part of the job for any journalist. And that is what Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! was doing over Labor Day weekend. On Monday she will turn herself into authorities in North Dakota where she is wanted on riot charges. Prosecutors dropped the criminal trespassing charge on Friday.
Democracy Now! has been one of the few news outlets that has been covering the protests going on for months by thousands of Native Americans against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Here’s more from Goodman on going back to face charges.
The $3.8 billion oil pipeline is slated to carry barrel after barrel of Bakken crude through sacred sites and burial grounds of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, and tribe members fear it could pollute the Missouri River, the source not only of their water but of millions of others’, should the pipe ever rupture.
AMY GOODMAN ON THE FRONTLINES
Again Goodman was doing her job. Now prosecutors in North Dakota are abusing their legal power. These intimidation ploys are their way to silence the media.
I agree with Amy Goodman that actions against her are an attack against the First Amendment, freedom of the press, and the public’s right to the truth.
Watch Goodman’s coverage. She identified herself as a journalist and did nothing wrong but follow the protest.
SUPPORT AMY GOODMAN
I stand with Amy Goodman. I hope journalism organizations will show their support. I’m a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Today it is Amy Goodman facing jail time for doing her job in covering a protest. Who will be the next reporter facing charges for covering the news?
Amy, I got your back!