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TFAS Launches Leadership Fellows Program In Journalism


Application Deadline – May 13, 2011

Journalism is going through an unprecedented transformation in the 21st century. Whatever new business models take hold and as technology changes how news is delivered – one thing is certain: journalism will need leaders who are dedicated to the unchanging principles of a free press.

To provide alumni with the tools to meet these challenges, TFAS has developed an annual fellowship program for young working journalists to be engaged in a year of networking and education. This initiative is an outgrowth of our successful TFAS Leadership Fellows program based in Washington, D.C. for alumni working in public policy.

TFAS is looking for 15 to 20 young alumni working in the journalism field to participate in the inaugural program to be held July 2011 through June 2012.

The goal of the TFAS Journalism Fellows program is to bring together young alumni working around the country in the field of journalism. The year-long fellowship will engage participants in continuing education as well as networking opportunities. Events will include educational seminars, professional development workshops and discussion sessions on journalism, public policy and leadership topics.

As a part of the program, participants will be required to attend two weekend conferences and additional online seminars. The conferences will be held on September 16-18, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pa. and on February 3-4, 2012 (location to be determined). Each of the conferences will include academic sessions based on assigned readings as well as sessions covering topics related to journalism, public policy and career development.

The September 2011 conference will serve as the opening retreat and will focus on professional development and networking. The February 2012 conference will focus strongly on academics with a number of readings pre-assigned for discussion sessions led by TFAS Professor Jim Otteson. Online seminars will cover topics such as Enhancing your Reporting through Social Media, Ethical Dilemmas & Solutions and Facts and Figures: Brushing Up on Your Business and Economic Reporting Skills.

Interested alumni should complete a brief online survey by May 13, 2011. Click here to access the survey.

All applicants must also submit a copy of their current resume to Joe Starrs at jstarrs@TFAS.org.

Applicant must:

  • Be an alumnus of one of The Fund for American Studies’ Institutes.
  • Currently be a working journalist.
  • Be open to discussing the role of government, the economy and most importantly a free press.
  • Have 3 to 12 years of professional journalism experience.

If you have questions about the TFAS Journalism Fellows program, please contact Joe Starrs by email at jstarrs@TFAS.org or by phone at 1-800-741-6964.



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