Fellowship will award fellows $10,000, training and mentorship

EMERYVILLE, Calif. (March 12, 2018) – Today, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a national nonprofit newsroom in the San Francisco Bay Area, announced applications are open for its third cohort of Reveal Investigative Fellows. The Reveal Investigative Fellowship helps strengthen a field in which diversity of background and perspective are more crucial than in any other corner of media. Now in its third year, the program seeks fellows with expertise in three editorial areas: text, audio and video.

The 10-month fellowship, made possible with generous support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Democracy Fund, emphasizes development of investigative reporting skills for early- to mid-career reporters and producers from diverse backgrounds. It is intended for journalists currently employed by other outlets and includes on-site training at CIR’s Emeryville headquarters, ongoing coaching and mentoring, travel reimbursement and a $10,000 stipend to support the resulting text, audio, video or multimedia projects.

Up to five fellows will be selected based on their proposals for investigative projects they want to pursue.

In addition to the stipend, fellows will receive support to spend two weeks embedded at CIR receiving training and guidance in skills such as data analysis, document requests, audio gathering and interviewing techniques. They also will be sponsored to attend an annual investigative journalism conference. The rest of the fellowship will be spent at their home outlets, with continued mentoring by our editors, producers and reporters.

By the fellowship’s end, the fellows will have produced an investigation for their home outlets and for one or more of CIR’s properties, which include “Reveal,” an hourlong public radio show broadcast on 450 stations nationwide; the Reveal podcast; and the RevealNews.org website. Questions about the application process can be addressed to fellowship Director Martin G. Reynolds at mreynolds@revealnews.org.

The Reveal Investigative Fellowship grew from a CIR staff diversity initiative, which underscored that even though CIR’s newsroom is among the most diverse in the nation, it does not yet mirror the country’s demographics. Attaining staff diversity – including racial, ethnic and gender – always has been a particular struggle in investigative journalism. But too many newsrooms get frustrated and give up. CIR is committed to putting in the extra effort to responsibly reflect the world on which it reports in all its facets.

Since its inception in 2016, 10 fellows have participated in the program.

This fellowship is one of three primary strategies the organization is undertaking, alongside hiring and retention policies that favor a diverse workforce and regular assessment of our editorial content, to ensure it reflects our diversity.

Applicants should be able to commit to these fellowship activities:
  • Fellows selected will attend IRE in Orlando, June 14-17
  • The fellowship officially starts Sept. 1, 2018.
  • Graduation is June 2019 at IRE (location TBD).
  • Fellows must be able to attend two weeks of training. The first will be in early Nov. 2018 and again in Spring 2019. Both weeks will be held at CIR’s Emeryville, CA offices.

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, the foundation works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. The Kellogg Foundation priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans and internationally are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.

About the Democracy Fund

The Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation established by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar to help ensure that the American people come first in the nation’s democracy. Omidyar created the Democracy Fund out of deep respect for the U.S. Constitution and the county’s core democratic values. While no democracy is perfect, the American system has endured through times of severe stress and dramatic social change. This system has proven its value and continues to hold the promise of effective, representative governance. The Democracy Fund is a resource for those who want to strengthen the nation’s democracy. The foundation invests in change makers whose ideas and energy can make a difference. The organization advocates for solutions that can bring lasting improvement to the county’s political system and builds bridges that help people come together to serve the nation, moving it closer to the ideal of a government of, by and for the people.

About The Center for Investigative Reporting

Founded in 1977, The Center for Investigative Reporting is the nation’s first independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization dedicated to public service journalism. CIR empowers the public through groundbreaking investigative storytelling that sparks action, improves lives and protects our democracy. The stories CIR tells hold the powerful accountable and uncover information that would otherwise remain hidden from the public – revealing injustices, exposing threats to public safety, protecting vulnerable communities, championing human rights, speaking out against environmental degradation and shining a light on government fraud and waste of taxpayer funds. CIR’s reporting also exposes the intersection of power, money and politics and the impact of failures of accountability for vulnerable populations and underserved communities. CIR is the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, winner of 2013 and 2015 Emmy Awards and a 2013 George Foster Peabody Award, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 (for local reporting) and 2013 (for public service).