The application portal for Tarbell Fellowship for Early-Career Journalists 2024 ($50,000 Stipend + Fully Funded to Oxford Summit, UK) is now open for eligible applicants. The 2024 Tarbell Fellowship will run from January – December 2024. Applications for the 2024 cohort will close on November 5th 2023. As such, interested applicants are advised to make their application as soon as possible.
In this article, I am going to be giving you the general information about the Tarbell Fellowship Programmes, how it work and how to apply successfully. First of all, let me give the overview of the programme.
Tarbell Fellowship for Early-Career Journalists
The Tarbell Fellowship is a one-year programme for early-career journalists interested in covering emerging technologies, especially artificial intelligence.
Fellows secure a 9-month placement at a major newsroom, participate in a study group covering AI governance & technical fundamentals, and attend a 2 week journalism summit in Oxford. The Tarbell Fellowship provides a stipend of up to $50,000 to support these placements.
The programme incorporates expert speakers, feedback & mentorship from experienced journalists and networking events with experts from leading AI organisations. Upon graduation, we expect fellows to bring their impact-focused perspective to major newsrooms and publications around the globe.
How it works
Challenging. Fellows will spend the year building skills and a strong portfolio to accelerate their journalism career.
As the fellowship is not associated with a specific news outlet, fellows must work hard to gain experience. Stipends may be used to support freelancing, placements in major newsrooms, or the production of other forms of journalism.
Full-time. The fellowship is a full time commitment. Journalism is a highly competitive industry, and we expect fellows to be completely focused on succeeding.
Remote. The fellowship is entirely remote. This enables us to support rising journalism talent from around the globe.
However, we strongly encourage fellows to move to international journalism hubs for the duration of this fellowship. We expect this to accelerate fellows’ careers and will give preferential treatment to those willing to do this.
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What Tarbell Fellowship Programme Covers
Placement. Fellows secure a 9-12 placement at a major newsroom covering artificial intelligence. Placement details vary by outlet.
Stipend. Fellows receive stipends of up to $50,000, depending on circumstances, for the duration of their placement. We expect stipends to vary between $35,000 – $50,000 depending on location and personal circumstances.
Intensive AI Training. Prior to placements, fellows undergo a 2-month program on AI technical and governance fundamentals. This program requires ~10 hours per week and is conducted remotely. Sessions include guest lectures, paired assignments, and readings.
Oxford Summit. Fellows attend a two week summit in Oxford at the beginning of the fellowship. This will be an intensive fortnight of guest speakers, workshops and networking events in Oxford and London. Travel and accommodation costs will be fully covered.
Objective of the Programme
Tarbell Fellowship for Early-Career Journalists 2024 looks forward to getting:
- AI expertise. A deep interest in artificial intelligence and its effects on society. Many fellows will have experience working in tech journalism, machine learning research, or AI governance.
- Passionate about journalism. Previous newsroom experience (including at student newspapers) or comparable experience in a field such as law or research is desirable but not necessary. We seek to support early-career journalists and will prioritise potential over experience.
- Excellent writing skills. A creative approach to storytelling combined with the ability to quickly get to the heart of a new topic. Fellows must be able to produce compelling copy under tight deadlines.
- Relentless. The ability to doggedly pursue your goals and persevere in the face of adversity. Fellows must be willing to work hard, and be capable of withstanding repeated rejection
- Open-minded. The desire to understand the truth of any given story, even when it conflicts with prior beliefs. Fellows must be open to criticism and recognising ways they can improve their writing and thinking.
Eligibility for Tarbell Fellowship
- Open to early-career journalists around the world;
- Have a commitment to improving the world. Many fellows will have a demonstrated passion for and familiarity with one or more of the areas of interest.
- Be passionate about journalism. Previous newsroom experience (including at student newspapers) or comparable experience in a field such as law or research is desirable but not necessary. They seek to support early-career journalists and will prioritise potential over experience.
- Possess excellent writing skills. A creative approach to storytelling combined with the ability to quickly get to the heart of a new topic. Fellows must be able to produce compelling copy under tight deadlines.
- Be relentless. The ability to doggedly pursue your goals and persevere in the face of adversity. Fellows must be willing to work hard, and be capable of withstanding repeated rejection
- Be open-minded. The desire to understand the truth of any given story, even when it conflicts with prior beliefs. Fellows must be open to criticism and recognising ways they can improve their writing and thinking.
How to apply
The application process for Tarbell Fellowship for Early-Career Journalists 2024 comprises 5 stages. The further you get, the more time we’ll ask you to invest.
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Stage 1: Application & Writing Samples (<60 minutes)
Complete our application form. Include your CV, answer some short questions and provide 1-3 writing samples.
- About you, including your CV.
- Short questions about your suitability for the Tarbell Fellowship.
- Multiple choice questions to understand your motivation and thinking style.
- 1-3 writing sample(s) (500-2000 words) to assess your writing skills.
Applications for the 2024 Tarbell Fellowship close on November 5th 2023.
Stage 2: Test Task 1 (2-3 hours)
Submit a short project detailing the types of topics you’d like to cover and how you expect the Tarbell Fellowship to advance your career. To be completed in 2-3 hours and returned within a few days.
Stage 3: Recorded Interview (~30 minutes)
Answer general and situational questions relevant to journalism in a recorded interview.
Stage 4: Test Task 2 (2-3 hours)
Write a short article in response to a specific prompt.
Stage 5: Live Interview (<60 minutes)
A deeper interview with a member of the Tarbell Fellowship team.
Tarbell Fellowship for Early-Career Journalists Timeline
AI Fundamentals study group
Mar – May 2024
17-28 June 2024
July 2024 – Mar 2025
Fellowship Sponsor(s): Tarbell Fellowship
Host Institution: Tarbell Fellowship
Number of Awards: Several
Study Level: Graduate
Nationality: All Nationalities
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