In an effort to bolster deeply reported local and regional news stories in underserved communities across the United States, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, in partnership with the Abrams Foundation, is accepting applications from working journalists for its Abrams Nieman Fellowship in Local Investigative Journalism.
The program will fund up to three Nieman Fellowships for U.S. journalists who cover news in areas of the United States where resources are scarce. In addition to studying at Harvard University for an academic year, the fellowship includes a fieldwork period during which fellows will work on a public service journalism project for up to nine months.
At Harvard, fellows will acquire new knowledge and skills, broaden their understanding of issues important to their communities, build their leadership potential, and develop an extensive network of expert contacts and potential collaborators in preparation for their fieldwork.
During their fieldwork, fellows will work on a public service reporting project for their home news organization and participate in specialized journalism education. During the fieldwork period, fellows also will return to Harvard periodically and may create materials and content for Nieman Foundation publications, and may learn new skills such as audience development and engagement, database journalism, digital storytelling, FOIA requests and research, narrative reporting, and investigative tools and techniques.
Applicants for the Abrams Nieman Fellowship will be required to provide a description of the public-service project they plan to undertake during the fieldwork project, and have their employer submit a letter that indicates support for the proposal. Freelance journalists may wish to indicate a potential partner organization(s) for their fieldwork project.
See the Harvard University website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.