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I’m writing to tell you about a generous master’s level fellowship and internship program for minority students. Called the Newhouse Graduate Newspaper Fellowship for Minorities, this competitive program attracts those who want to write and tell important stories. It also appeals to those who are interested in new media and understand the necessity of innovation. The goal of this initiative is to diversify newsrooms and editorial staffs by launching the careers of those from underrepresented groups as newspaper or magazine journalists.
Two awards are given annually — each worth more than $65,000. The winners study in the Magazine, Newspaper, and Online Journalism master’s program at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. The fellowship combines 18 months of graduate study with a professional internship and provides free tuition, a monthly stipend that totals $1,400, health insurance coverage, and up to $3,000 of additional benefits.
As part of that program, students begin with classes that develop their abilities in newswriting, capturing and editing video and audio, using the Adobe creative suite, taking still photographs, navigating social media, blogging, and understanding content management. Students spend subsequent coursework exploring journalism ethics, learning how to “speak” digital analytics, and understanding communication law — along with the opportunity to take three electives.
The application deadline is January 15, 2016. Candidates must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and provide three letters of recommendation. Please contact me with any questions about the program or the fellowship.
Director, Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism Graduate Program
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications