2017 Google Digital News Journalist Fellowships at the Reuters Institute, UK

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The Reuters Institute is pleased to offer Google Digital News Journalist Fellowships to pursue a three, six or nine month’s research programme. Fellowship are open to mid-career journalists resident in one of the continental European countries which will be covered in the 2017 Reuters Institute Digital News Report namely; Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.

The institute provides modern educational and research environments that will enable students and researchers to face current challenges and to focus on knowledge as a principle driving force for development.

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism marks the University of Oxford’s commitment to creating an international research centre in the comparative study of journalism. The Institute aims to serve as the leading forum for a productive engagement between scholars from a wide range of disciplines and the practitioners of journalism.

Journalists will be able to demonstrate a level of English that allows them to participate fully in the programme and write a research paper of publishable quality.

Course Level: This is a three, six or nine month’s research fellowship offered to mid-career Journalists.

Study Subject: Priority will be given to journalists proposing research projects within the following four areas of focus:

  • Journalism and Democracy – This encompasses projects exploring the functions of media in political information, engagement, and participation, the roles of journalism and other media and communication platforms in democratisation, the interplay of politics and the media, and public policies toward media.
  • Business of Journalism- These projects are focused on the practices and effects of business / financial reporting, variations in practices around the globe, relationships between journalists and sources, and how coverage portrays and effects national and international economic and financial policies.
  • Journalism Practice- These includes projects exploring topics such as the role of news and journalism in creating awareness and understanding of science and medicine, reporting of risk, business/financial reporting, relationships between journalists and sources, and on journalism affects public opinion and governmental policies.
  • Media Policy- This incorporates projects investigating policies and proposed policies affecting media, such as structural and behavioural regulation of broadcasting, press regulation, pluralism policies, ownership controls, content regulation, taxation, and subsidies.

Other areas of research can be considered providing these are clearly related to the professional work of applicants and will lead to greater excellence in journalism.

Scholarship Award: Awards may include travel expenses (including air travel economy class) and a modest living allowance. This arrangement is subject to variation. Spouses and partners (including with dependents) are welcome but under no circumstances will the Fellowship Programme pay the travel or living costs of visiting spouses or dependents. Fellows at the RISJ on Fellowships from Thomson Reuters Foundation, Gerda-Henkel, Wincott, and Saïd – Asfari will receive a monthly stipend of £1,500 from the RISJ for their living costs during their stay in Oxford, as well as covering travel costs within reason.

Scholarship can be taken in the UK (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford).

Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for fellowship:

  • Applicants must have a minimum of five years’ experience working as a journalist in any specialism. In rare cases, they will consider applicants if they have less than five years’ journalistic experience, but they must be able to demonstrate an equivalent level of expertise.
  • They will be able to demonstrate a level of English that allows them to participate fully in the programme and write a research paper of publishable quality.
  • They will be given priority if they are proposing a research project within one of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism’s areas of focus.

Nationality: Journalists from all around the world are eligible to apply for this fellowship programme. (There are two fellowships available for two terms (6 months) starting in either October 2016 or January 2017 and they are aimed at mid-career journalists resident in one of the continental European countries which will be covered in the 2017 Reuters Institute Digital News Report namely; Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey).

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have a minimum of five years’ experience working as a journalist in any specialism.

English language/Test Requirements: From 6 April 2015 the number of Approved English Language Tests has been reduced and English language tests taken for immigration purposes must be taken at specific approved test centers. Transitional provisions are in place to allow those who took an English language test before 6 April 2015 to rely on the results of their test in support of a visa application submitted before 6 November 2015 provided the test met the Home Office rules in place up to 6 April 2015. On applicants journalism fellowship application they will need to provide evidence of their English proficiency. If they are not able to obtain their SELT (Secure English Language Tests) score before the application submission deadline they will need to provide the date of their scheduled test.

How to Apply: The mode of application is online. Below is a list of the materials applicants will need to complete their application:

  • A full curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement outlining i) their journalistic values, ii) the major trends in the media landscape in which they work, and iii) a summary of what they think they would contribute to the Fellowship programme (no more than 500 words in total)
  • A statement of up to 1,000 words explaining their proposed research project
  • A reference from their employer, supporting their application and granting leave of absence
  • A second professional reference (e.g. former employer)
  • A sample of their work.

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Application Deadline: The deadline for applications is June 17th, 2017.

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