5 Journalism Fellowship and Grants that provides career growth

Journalism has been an intensive, risky and sacrificial profession where individual authors to the extent of bringing life-changing, impactful, realistic stories to the masses. When you know about civil unrest in the war-torn country, read about exotic flora and fauna being illegally removed, social injustice and whistle blowing comes straight to you in form of stories and multimedia, there is a journalist who gave it all to build it. It's not easy and feasible for all. They have to cross a lot of hurdles to reach the place and shout out the truth. This is where Journalism Fellowship and grants play a huge role. More than the money they offer as part of the program, it is mainly the identity and access to the untouched possibilities. If you have a unique and compelling idea that the world needs this fellowship program gives you, your first step towards writing them.

Reputed Journalism Fellowship and Grants

1. Neiman Foundation

For more than 80 years, Nieman has welcomed some of the world's most talented and promising journalists, providing them with time and intellectual resources to help them further their careers. Many of the aspects of our programme and our fellows have changed as journalism has changed. We now embrace an enlarged cohort of developers, entrepreneurs, researchers, and others who are more influential in how we make and consume news, thanks to the addition of a short-term visiting fellowship to our standard yearlong programme.

2. Media Development Investment Fund

MDIF invests in independent media around the world, ensuring that people have access to the news, information, and discussion they require to establish free and prosperous communities. We offer low-cost finance and equity financing, as well as specialised technical assistance and advice services, to help independent media prosper and maintain their editorial independence. Our clients are businesses that continue to hold the powerful accountable, preserve individual rights, and provide a forum for debate.

3. The Independent and Public-Spirited Media Foundation

In Bengaluru, the Independent And Public-Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF) was established as a public charitable trust on July 1, 2015. The Foundation gives financial and other support to organisations that create and distribute public-interest information to the general public via digital, social, mass, or other media. The Foundation was established under Section 12AA (a) of the Information Technology Act of 1961, and it was granted approval under Section 80G (5) (vi) of the same act.

4. Poynter-Koch Media & Journalism Fellowship

The Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship is for early-career journalists who want to be future industry leaders for a year. If you are selected as a finalist for the fellowship, you will have the opportunity to work as a paid, full-time journalist at a participating news organisation, where you will be surrounded by colleagues who are passionate about journalism and the essential role of the free press in society. You'll learn from each other, on the job, and from a comprehensive, real-world curriculum taught by seasoned journalists.

5. The Journalist Fellowship Program - Reuters

The Reuters Institute's Journalist Fellowship Program is one of the world's most prestigious programmes for practising, mid-career journalists to take time away from their day jobs to study journalism in-depth. The majority of our Journalist Fellows are fully financed, with a stipend to help with living and travel expenses.

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