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John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships 2018/2019 at Stanford University

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Each year, we bring together up to 20 fellows from around the world to explore solutions to the most urgent problems facing journalism. If you aspire to be a leader who can help re-imagine and transform journalism, you should apply for our program.

From September to June, JSK Fellows spend their time on individual and collaborative projects and have the option to sit in on classes, while also participating in special workshops and weekly events, and exploring the abundant resources on campus. Stanford is home to some of the leading initiatives in journalism and communication, including the Computational Journalism Lab, the Virtual Human Interaction Lab and the Brown Institute for Media Innovation. We enthusiastically include spouses, partners and families in fellowship life. If you are looking for a sabbatical or a solitary experience, the JSK Fellowships is not the program for you.

For our 2018-19 class, applicants should pursue questions that fall within the topics below. (The questions below are examples; you should propose an original question):

  • Challenging Misinformation and Disinformation — How might journalists use social listening tools to identify and counter misinformation?
  • Holding the Powerful Accountable — How might journalists build collaborative networks to better track the financial dealings of political leaders in developing countries?
  • Eradicating News Deserts and Strengthening Local News — How might news organizations engage neighborhood groups in helping disseminate information people need to fully participate in their communities?
  • Fighting Bias, Intolerance and Injustice — How might journalists use artificial intelligence to detect bias in how municipal governments deliver services to local residents?

We expect that JSK Fellows will explore a range of issues in pursuing their journalism question, such as audience engagement, big data and new business models, and that they may leverage technology of all kinds, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the Internet of Things.

Diversity of background, experience and viewpoints is a fundamental value of our program. Applicants must demonstrate their ability and desire to work collaboratively and respectfully with people with a range of ideas and perspectives. Fellows who are exploring questions in the same area will work together throughout the year, while also exploring compelling solutions to their individual questions. We want fellows who arrive at Stanford with more questions than answers, and who are open to having their assumptions and ideas challenged.

Our fellows have access to classes at Stanford, but we are not an academic program. We encourage our fellows to explore the breadth of Stanford and Silicon Valley, which extends far beyond the classroom.

We do not award fellowships to support:

  • Reporting projects.
  • Academic research projects.
  • Book projects.
  • Startups and founders seeking a business accelerator experience.

Are you ready? You need to meet a few eligibility requirements, then apply online.

Applying for a JSK Fellowship

The deadline for applying is December 4, 2017 at 11:59 PM (US/Pacific).

Before you begin filling out our online application, please be sure you understand what we are looking for and what being a JSK Fellow entails by reading all of the information on the Become a Fellow page of our website, as well as Who Can be a FellowBeing a Fellow and Benefits of a FellowshipIt is important that you do this first.

Once you have decided to apply, sign up for a FluidReview account. Please use only your first and last name when signing up » no middle name or initials. Once your account is created, you should log in and spend some time reviewing the application requirements. There are several, including 3 recommendation letters, a journalistic autobiography and an explanation of what you want to focus on during a fellowship and why.

Any questions? Email

You can click here to apply.

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