The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted local news outlets in a variety of ways – audiences are the highest they’ve been in a long time, but a sharp decline in advertising revenues is forcing newsrooms to do a lot more with a lot less. To say this is a challenging time for local journalists is an understatement.
At Reveal, we have a number of efforts underway to try to help local news organizations increase their capacity for meaningful journalism, particularly at this time. We are running a variety of collaborations on ambitious reporting projects, providing stipends for reporters working on census stories and now accepting applications for the Reveal Investigative Fellowship.
Reveal’s Investigative Fellowship helps support journalists with a range of diverse backgrounds develop investigative reporting skills. The yearlong fellowship focuses on early- to mid-career reporters and producers in the United States.
Unlike fellowships that require residency, those chosen for the Reveal Investigative Fellowships work with our editors and reporters for close to a year on an investigative project, but remain employed at their home newsrooms – the majority of which are local outlets. This means that the skills they gain can be shared in real time with their editors and colleagues and the work they produce can be published jointly by Reveal and their outlets.
Reveal provides fellows with extensive training and mentorship throughout the year, including on-site training at our Emeryville, California, headquarters; travel reimbursement; networking opportunities; and a $10,000 stipend to support the resulting text, audio, video or multimedia projects. Please note: all travel-related decisions and financial support will be subject to guidance from public health authorities. We are canceling all in-person events for 2020 and will make determinations about travel for 2021 in the fall. We will also waive requirements to travel to participate in the program for any individuals who are not comfortable traveling.
We currently are accepting applications for three fellows. To align the program with some of our other local initiatives, we hope to tailor two of these fellowships to:
- Applicants based in the Cleveland/Akron, Ohio, area interested in reporting on housing issues
- Applicants with an interest in census or voting rights reporting, particularly those based in a swing state
We are accepting applications starting May 26, 2020 until 5 p.m. PST June 22, 2020. We realize applications can be onerous, particularly right now, so our initial form is deliberately short. We will invite some applicants to supply us with more information by July 1, 2020.
The Reveal Investigative Fellowship program is made possible with generous support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
As we enter our fourth year of the fellowship program, we are proud to say that more than a dozen reporters have been part of the program, many have been honored with awards, and their reporting is yielding impact. Learn more about their projects below.