NEC is pleased to announce the third year of its New Economies Reporting Project fellowship. Starting in October 2019, 10 – 15 reporting fellows will receive training in solutions-based reporting on the economy. Applications are now open!
From the Green New Deal to Medicare For All to Universal Basic Income, the latest wave of progressive proposals each aim to solve significant problems through re-envisioning our economy. Even as popular support grows for more radical change, these big ideas for social programs often are defeated in the public arena because of a single, powerful question: how are we going to pay for it?
This year, the New Economies Reporting Project will support journalists who want to tackle this question head-on. Over the course of eight months, New Economies Reporting fellows will meet monthly and receive personalized briefings from grassroots experts on different topics related to the theme of financial solutions. All fellows will receive travel grants to attend Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy, a conference of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives in Baltimore, October 17 – 20. At the conference, fellows will meet each other and receive a full-day of training on how to report from a solutions-perspective from experts in solutions journalism. Fellows will also receive a $1,000 stipend to honor their time in the program.
This fellowship is designed for reporters who care deeply about economic solutions. It is not a training for or about business reporting. We seek reporters who follow a news beat, reporters who focus on underserved communities, and reporters who employ a racial justice lens in their work. The ideal candidate will have at least 2-3 years of paid reporting experience. We encourage reporters of color to apply.
This fellowship will serve to educate reporters in cross-sector solutions-based reporting and to produce solutions-based stories about financing new economic ideas that will empower readers looking to understand how they can make a difference in a moment of great cynicism and fear. This project is a collaboration between the New Economy Coalition, Jo Ellen Kaiser (formerly of The Media Consortium), and the Solutions Journalism Network, and is generously supported by grants from the Park Foundation and New Visions Foundation.
(Deadline: August 22 – extended to August 29th!)