Fellowship for Journalists of Color at BuzzFeed

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In recent years, diversity in the newsroom has regressed. According to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the percentage of minorities in the newsroom fell from 13.7% in 2006 to 12.4% in 2013. Investigative reporting slots are traditionally considered plum jobs, and our observation is that investigative journalism is even more monochromatic than the rest of the newsroom.

In an effort to expand opportunities for journalists of color, BuzzFeed News and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism are sponsoring a year-long investigative reporting fellowship.

The BuzzFeed News/Columbia Journalism School Investigative Reporting Fellowship aims to give mid-career journalists of color the opportunity to tackle big, investigative stories and to improve their skills by auditing courses at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. This fellowship is not for students or people just starting out in journalism. Candidates should have at least five years of professional journalism experience.

Most important, candidates must have a well-formed proposal for an investigative story or series that exposes a major abuse of power, betrayal of trust, or systemic problem. Candidates must also demonstrate that they have the sources, skill, and reporting plan to bring the story home. The story or stories will be published by BuzzFeed News and, and we are open to co-publishing with the reporter’s home publication. The investigative reporting fellow will report to BuzzFeed News’ investigative editor.

The fellow will receive a stipend of $85,000, plus benefits and related expenses for one year.

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