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Latino USA, a weekly show distributed by NPR and produced by The Futuro Media Group, is taking applications for the first of two (2) year-long California-based fellowships. We are seeking graduate students, recent graduates from a journalism program or young professionals with a passionate interest in reporting on California communities and health inequities.
The fellowship is open to early career reporters with no more than five years’ experience in the field. Each fellowship will last 12 months and will include a monthly stipend of $1,000 for 40 hours of work. The fellowships are funded by the California Endowment and will focus on stories that examine California’s communities most devastated by health inequities, specifically in one of the fourteen (14) Building Healthy Communities (BHC) areas, and the solutions being implemented to help them thrive.
The fellow should be based in California, and will be required to come to NYC for a two-week period at the start of the Fellowship in order to receive hands-on training at our Latino USA Harlem offices. Our entire editorial team —including our audio engineer, senior producer, senior editor, digital media editor and executive producer Maria Hinojosa— will provide hands-on training during the two-week period. The Fellow will be immersed in Latino USA’s editorial and production process, particularly gaining feedback on how to research, pitch, produce and edit stories from Latino USA’s unique perspective.
Throughout the duration of the Fellowship, the Fellow is encouraged to attend weekly editorial meetings via phone or Skype, and to submit pitches during our bi-weekly pitch meetings. Editing and guidance will be provided to each fellow by our entire editorial staff, and the Fellow will be directly supervised by a Latino USA producer. Each fellow will be expected to work closely in a few of the BHC areas, and will be expected to produce no fewer than three (3) stories during the duration of the Fellowship, that should all be set in BHC areas. These stories will potentially air nationally on Latino USA. Fellows will also be expected to provide multimedia content (web copy, tweets, Facebook entries, photos, etc.) for each story, and to encourage local community organizations to share these stories with the communities they serve.
Fellowship applications should be sent to Latino USA’s production manager, Natalia Fidelholtz, at email@example.com. Please include a resume and cover letter summarizing your background and goals, and why you would be an appropriate fit for this fellowship. Please also include links to three (3) samples of your audio work. The fellowship is open to everyone. Journalists of color and of other diverse backgrounds and graduate journalism students are especially encouraged to apply.
The first year-long fellowship will begin on April 4, 2017 and last until March 30th, 2018. The application deadline for the first-year fellowship is Friday, March 17, 2017. The deadline for the second-year fellowship will be announced in November in 2017, to begin in January 2018.
The Futuro Media Group is an independent nonprofit organization producing multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diversity of the American experience. Based in Harlem and founded in 2010 by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, Futuro Media is committed to telling stories often overlooked by mainstream media. Futuro Media produces Latino USA, NPR’s only national Latino news and cultural weekly radio program, currently celebrating its 20th anniversary at its new hour-long format.
Send resume, references, cover letter and three samples of your audio work to Latino USA‘s Production Manager, Natalia Fidelholtz, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bachelor’s degree required. No more than five (5) years of experience in journalism, but some of that experience in radio, preferably public radio.
An outline of a Project proposal and your reporting strategy, and summary of media coverage of the subject you wish to cover.