Friday, January 23, 2015

Google Journalism Fellowship

Last summer, Sunlight's Google Journalism fellow, political science Ph.D. candidate and former newspaper reporter Stan Oklobdzija, wrote about how Philly television stations got enough cash from political ads in July of an off-election year to "buy about 348,000 wiz cheesesteaks at Geno's." He mapped how Koch affiliated organizations gobbled up airtime at more than 100 TV stations. And he documented how big taxi companies far out spend new ride services such as Uber and Lyft when it comes to political contributions. This summer, that could be you!
The Sunlight Foundation is proud that the Google Foundation is again sponsoring a paid summer internship for an aspiring data journalist in our Washington, D.C. offices.
If you are a student of politics, journalism or data — undergraduate or pursuing a graduate degree — we want to work with you. You will join our experienced reporters and talented developers to tell stories of political influence and tech innovation.
Our Internet tools will be your playground; you'll have the chance both to work with them, make them better and maybe even think of something new. Here are a few of the things you'll use:
  • Ad Sleuth and Ad Hawk, allowing us to follow spending by super PACs and nonprofit organizations trying to influence elections with television ads.
  • The Political Party Time project collects political fundraising invitations into a central, searchable database.
  • Open States gives us the ability to follow state bills at each step of the legislative process.
  • Docket Wrench lets us track the lobbying on regulations that follows the passage of laws — think health care reform and the Dodd-Frank financial reform law.
We seek detail-oriented fellows with a strong news sense, who are not afraid of code and are eager to tell a story.
The deadline is approaching — Jan. 31 — so please check out the link below and consider applying for our fellowship. And if you are not a student, but know some who would be interested, please pass this announcement along.
Sunlight fellows will receive a stipend of $8,500 for 10 weeks during the summer of 2015 and will also get a travel budget of $1,000. They will spend their first week at Google in Mountain View, Calif., then join Sunlight in Washington, D.C. on June 15, finishing on August 14. Applications are due by midnight on Jan. 31, PST.

The Journalism Fellowship Programme

The Journalism Fellowship Programme

The Journalism Fellowship Programme enables mid-career journalists* to improve their knowledge and to study issues important to their professional development in greater depth than is possible under deadline pressure.
Around 25 journalists from around the globe study in Oxford each year on Fellowships of either three, six or nine months, covering one, two or all three terms of the academic year. See available fellowships.
Applications are now open for the Journalism Fellowship Programme 2015-16.
* A minimum of 5 years' full time professional journalistic experience and a high level of spoken and written English are essential. See eligibility.

Programme Content
Requirements of the Journalism Felllowship Programme are to conduct academic research and to actively participate in the activities of the Reuters Institute.

Journalist Fellows are expected to submit a substantial research paper of publishable, academic quality (approx. 8,000-10,000 words).
Each Fellow is assigned a supervisor, usually an Oxford academic specialising in the journalists' chosen subject, to advise them on their research.
Fellows are required to present their research findings in a seminar open to the University.

Programme Activities
Journalist Fellows are required to actively engage in and contribute to the events organised specifically for them. These include:
Fellows are also warmly invited to participate in the numerous academic and extracurricular activities of the Reuters Institute.

Additional Support and Activities/Opportunities
Fellows are given access to the world famous Bodleian Library and other Oxford University facilities and resources.
They will be granted Visiting Scholar status of Green Templeton College.
Fellows are strongly encouraged to attend university seminars, lectures and classes on all relevant subjects.
The University boasts numerous specialist facilities such as regional centres for African, Middle Eastern, South Asian, Eastern and Western European, Japanese and Chinese Studies, which Fellows are encouraged to engage with.
No academic credits or qualifications can be obtained through the Fellowship Programme although a certificate is awarded on submission of the Fellows’ Research paper.