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Calling College Journalists of Color! Apply for ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters Program.

Are you a college student of color interested in doing great journalism? ProPublica wants to help. Apply for our Emerging Reporters Program by Sept. 8.

by ProPublica

July 29, 12:12 p.m. EDT

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What is ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters Program?

The Emerging Reporters Program provides a $9,000 stipend, along with mentoring and trips to the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting conference and our New York office, for five students each year who work or want to work at college journalism outlets: newspapers, websites, radio stations or TV stations. Check out our previous fellows, and apply here.

Why does ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters Program exist?

People of color are underrepresented in our nation’s newsrooms. A survey by the American Society of News Editors suggests that people of color make up just a quarter of U.S. newsrooms — and that itself is only among newsrooms that chose to respond to the survey. Often, those numbers are even smaller in newsrooms focused on investigative reporting.

ProPublica has a vested interest in developing more minority journalists. Our mission is to shine a light on abuses of power, producing stories of moral force that provoke change. There are currently few reporters of color who specialize in investigations. Without their voices and points of view, there is every reason to believe that important stories are being overlooked. We believe the best way to bring about meaningful change is to take a holistic approach, tackling the obstacles to entering careers in journalism — especially investigative journalism. These include financial barriers and limited access to early-career opportunities. That is what this program aims to address.

Am I eligible for this program?

The Emerging Reporters Program is specifically designed for those who might find investigative journalism inaccessible. All students who will be juniors or seniors in college this academic year are eligible to apply, and African Americans, Latinos and other people of color are especially encouraged to do so. Participants are expected to take a full course load during the 2019-20 school year. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need. The purpose of the stipends is to make college journalism accessible to students for whom it would otherwise be economically out of reach.

Are high school students, recent college graduates or graduate students eligible for the program?

No, it is only available for students who will be juniors or seniors in college this academic year. High school students, recent college graduates and graduate students are not eligible for this program.

I’m not a U.S. resident. Am I eligible to apply?

No. The Emerging Reporters program is only open to U.S. residents.

What do you mean by U.S. resident? Can you make any exceptions to this rule?

U.S. residents are U.S. citizens or resident aliens. We will not be making any exceptions to this rule.

When does the program typically run?

This year’s program will run from September to June, with mentors and program participants in contact by phone and email.

How do the mentorships work? Do I get to choose mine or is one assigned to me?

The program director will take into account the interests expressed in your application to match you with one of our great journalists for the year.

Do I get to work on stories with ProPublica?

Yes! As an Emerging Reporter, you will get to choose between helping on a ProPublica story or working on your own investigation with a mentor’s guidance.

Do students need to find their own housing for the week they are visiting ProPublica?

No! Hotel accommodations for the week in New York will be provided by the fellowship program. The dates of that trip are to be determined.

Are there regular benchmarks that need to be met to qualify for continued funding?

No, stipends of $4,500 will be paid at the beginning and midway point of the program.

If I have any questions that weren’t answered here, whom do I contact?

Email emerging.reporters@propublica.org with any additional questions.

Fall 2018 Course Offerings
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

If you see a course in another department that you would like to take with a media focus, you can have it evaluated by submitting this form to our Director of Undergraduate Programs (DUP).

Courses being offered by other departments this semester, which have been approved for acceptance toward your Media Studies major are listed below.

ARCH 2710 - CAAD 3D Geometrical Modeling and Visualization (Practice only)
ENWR 2700 - News Writing (Practice only)
FRTR 3584 - Masterpieces of French Cinema (nonUS, film)
GETR 3566 - Weimer Cinema (nonUS, Film)
GETR 3590 - Reporters at War (nonUS)
ITTR 3559 -  Sex, Gender and Racial Identities in the Glocal Context (D&I)
JPTR 3320 - Cinematic Images of Japanese Culture and Society (nonUS, film)
MESA 3111 - Film Festivals & Global Media Cultures (nonUS, film)
PERS 3559 - Modernity and Iran's Post-Revolutionary Cinema (D&I, film)
PLAP 3140 - Mass Media and American Politics (Policy)
POTR 4260- Brazilian Media (nonUS, Film)
WGS 3559 -  Sex, Gender and Racial Identities in the Glocal Context (D&I)

Updated September 7, 2018

Host Companies for Internships
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The following are companies that have hosted Media Studies Student Interns:

Acutronic (Pittsburgh, PA)

American Sociologial Association (Washington, DC)

Atlas Obscura (Multiple)

Backstory (Charlottesville, VA)

Bloomberg (New York, NY)

Cavalier Daily (Charlottesville, VA)

Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (Charlottesville, VA)

Charlottesville Tomorrow (Charlottesville, VA)

Chips Quinn Scholars (National)

CRC Companies (Arlington, VA)

C-Ville (Charlottesville, VA)

Darden Center for Global Initiatives (Charlottesville)

Digi Studios (New York, NY)

Emmis Communications (various locations)

Fan Media (Charlottesville, VA)

GreenBlue (Charlottesville, VA)

HBO ACCESS (Santa Monica, CA)

Lighthouse Studio (Charlottesville, VA)

Little Things (New York, NY)

March on Washington Film Festival (Washington, DC)

Newswise (Charlottesville, VA)

Presidential Precinct (Charlottesville, VA)

Rooster GNN (Madrid, Spain)

S&P Global Market Intelligence (Charlottesville, VA)

Silverthorn Films (Charlottesville, VA)

Spirit of 608 (Charlottesville, VA)

Sports Thread (Charlottesville, VA [remote])

The Daily Caller (Washington, DC)

The Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX or Washington, DC)

The New York Times (New York, NY or Washington, DC)

The Pioneer (Charlottesville, VA)

The Sports Quotient

The Texas Tribune (Austin, TX)

The Valentine (Richmond, VA)

United States Marine Corp. (Quantico, VA)

UVa Information Technology Services (Charlottesville, VA)

UVa Marketing and Promotions (Charlottesville, VA)

Virginia Film Office (Richmond, VA)

Virginia Quarterly Review (Charlottesville, VA)

Wildrock (Charlottesville, VA unpaid)

With Good Reason (Charlottesville, VA)

WNRN (Charlottesville, VA)

WPVC 94 (Charlottesville, VA)

2018 Graduation
Thursday, October 12, 2017

2018 Graduation will be on May 19, 2018. The department ceremony will be in Old Cabell Hall at 3:00pm. Due to the size of the venue, and the number of graduates, students will be allotted 3 guest tickets for the ceremony.