Frequently Asked Questions About the EWA Reporting Fellowship
Updated for the 2016-17 Application Period
What is the EWA Reporting Fellowship?
The EWA Reporting Fellowship provides financial awards to education journalists to undertake special reporting and writing projects.
How many fellowships will be awarded?
EWA expects to award approximately six fellowships in this round of the program.
How much money comes with the fellowship?
EWA will provide awards of up to $8,000 a piece to winning proposals.
How can the money be used?
Recipients will have significant flexibility in how to use the funds. Examples of appropriate uses include: relief from regular newsroom responsibilities; travel for reporting; attending workshops to build knowledge and expertise; and contracting with a data journalist or writing coach.
Does my project have to be published or aired?
Yes. To qualify for the EWA Reporting Fellowship, you must submit a letter from your editor or newsroom supervisor supporting your participation in the program and providing a commitment to publish your work upon completion.
I’m a freelance journalist. May I apply?
Yes. Freelancers must submit a letter from the appropriate editor at an independent news outlet confirming that their work will be published.
Is this a residential fellowship program?
No, though EWA Fellows may use some of their award money to get relief from regular newsroom duties.
What kind of stories are you looking for?
This round of the EWA Reporting Fellowship program will support in-depth reporting projects on two topics:
- New high school designs to improve student success.
- Innovative models of instruction and assessment at the K-12 level.
Reporters are welcome to submit proposals that span these two topics. Of particular interest are projects on efforts to more effectively engage, challenge, and support each individual student — especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds — with an eye toward success in college, careers, and life.
For Topic 1, of particular interest are stories about new or fundamentally redesigned secondary schools that combine high expectations and challenging coursework with other strategies, such as personalized learning, work-based educational experiences, student-centered approaches, and enhancing higher-order thinking skills. Projects may also explore transformational tools and technologies as well as broader system-level changes to support redesigned high schools.
For Topic 2, of particular interest are stories on new ways to help students master core academic content alongside key real-world skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving, communicating and collaborating with others, and learning how to learn.
On what basis will you judge applications?
EWA will consider a number of factors, including: whether the applicant is approaching the topic from a fresh journalistic angle or using innovative tools to help tell the story, such as multimedia components or data analysis; whether the proposed project will bring heightened attention to a critical issue in a compelling and insightful way; and whether the reporting will not only highlight problems but also explore potential solutions.
Are there additional requirements to participate?
All EWA Reporting Fellowship participants must commit to attend EWA’s 2017 National Seminar, in spring 2017. EWA will provide a full scholarship to cover registration, travel, and lodging costs. (Do not include the cost of attending the seminar in your fellowship application.)
Who is eligible to apply for the EWA Reporting Fellowship?
The fellowship is limited to journalist members of EWA. (You can find out more about joining EWA here.)
Who is NOT eligible for the EWA Reporting Fellowship?
Ineligible applicants include employees of professional organizations, educational institutions, think tanks, alumni periodicals, advocates, or groups focused on research, advocacy or lobbying. Officers and members of the Board of Directors of the Education Writers Association are not eligible to apply.
What is the application deadline?
To be considered, a completed application must be submitted by Nov. 30, 2016 (11:59 p.m. in your respective time zone).
When should I expect to hear back on my application?
Fellowship recipients will be notified by January 2017.
What is the deadline to complete fellowship projects?
We expect fellowship recipients to publish their finished work by September 2017. Extensions may be possible on a case-by-case basis.
How is this fellowship program being funded?
The EWA Reporting Fellowship is supported in part by grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Is there anything else I should know?
Finalists for an EWA Reporting Fellowship may be asked for further information before a decision is made on their applications.
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