Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The GroundTruth Project announces third annual Middle East reporting fellowship

We are proud to announce the 2015 The GroundTruth Project Middle East reporting fellowship with support from the Correspondents Fund. The fellowship has previously been offered in the spirit of great foreign correspondents who died on assignment, including The New York Times’ Anthony Shadid who died in Syria in 2012 and Marie Colvin of The Sunday Times who was killed in Syria a few days later.

This year we offer the fellowship in the spirit of James Foley, the American freelance reporter who was murdered by the self-described Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in 2014. In this year’s call for fellowship applications we are encouraging young journalists to put forward proposals to report on life, education and culture in the region — themes which too often go unreported amid a focus on conflict coverage.

Jim was always more than a conflict reporter. He came at this profession not purely from the adrenaline rush of covering war, but more deeply from a sense of caring about the people caught in conflict. Before becoming a journalist, Jim offered public service with Teach for America where he worked in a tough inner-city school system in Phoenix, Arizona. He also received a master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for writing and won a prestigious literary prize for a collection of published fiction.

We hope the GroundTruth fellowship will provide the opportunity for a young correspondent in the field to take inspiration from Jim’s approach, which included a sense of caring about young people that coursed through his reporting and his life. We are also interested in proposals that might honor another side of Jim, which was his love of fiction and poetry.

To apply, please send the following materials to GroundTruth managing editor Kevin Grant at kgrant [at] by April 3:

*Cover letter
*Project proposal with a budget not exceeding $10,000
*Three work samples
*Three references

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