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 new 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 for investigative journalism are scarce. Fellows will have the opportunity to engage in a full year of study at Harvard University, where they will acquire new knowledge and skills, broaden their understanding of issues important to their communities, build their leadership potential, and develop a network of expert contacts and potential collaborators in preparation for their fieldwork.
In addition to a year of study, the fellowship includes a fieldwork period during which fellows will work on a public service journalism project for their home news organization and participate in specialized journalism education. During their fieldwork period, fellows will return to Harvard periodically, where they will create materials and content for Nieman Foundation publications. The fellows also will have opportunities to deepen 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 Nieman Abrams Fellowship are required to provide a description of the public-service project they plan to undertake during their fieldwork term and have their employer submit a letter that indicates support for the proposal. Freelance journalists may wish to indicate potential partner organizations for their fieldwork project.
See the Harvard University website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.