The Pulitzer Center is now accepting applications for the Longworth Media Fellowships, a collaboration with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs that aims to promote international reporting by Chicago and Midwestern journalists. The fellowships are made possible by a grant from The Clinton Family Fund to honor Richard C. Longworth, a former Chicago Tribune foreign correspondent and now Distinguished Fellow at the Chicago Council.
The Longworth Media Fellowships Program will award two $10,000 grants each year for the next two years to journalists focusing on global issues that affect Chicago and Midwestern readers and viewers.
- The Longworth Media Fellowships are open to print, broadcast and online journalists based in Chicago or elsewhere in the Midwest.
- Staff journalists as well as free-lancers are eligible to apply.
- Field reporting should be from international locations and topics must be timely and of clear interest and importance to Chicago and Midwestern audiences.
- Proposed projects must include a credible plan for broad dissemination of the resulting work in Chicago or other Midwestern news media (print, online, and/or broadcast).
- Both staffers and freelancers should be able to demonstrate committed interest from editors and/or producers.
- For freelancers, the credibility of a distribution plan is generally most evident in an applicant’s track record working with the listed outlets.
- Candidates are not advised to have editors send letters simply stating they would consider the work.
- Letters from editors and/or producers who have worked with you in the past, and are interested in working with you again, are encouraged.
Applications must include the following:
- A description of the proposed project and timeline in no more than 250 words.
- A preliminary budget estimate, including a basic breakdown of costs for travel, ground transportation, lodging, meals, visas, and local reporting partner/translator fees.
- Distribution plan.
- Three samples of published work, either print or broadcast.
- Three professional references. These can be either contact information or letters of recommendation. The latter is encouraged when letters from interested producers or editors are available.
- A copy of your curriculum vitae.
- Applications may also include a more detailed description of the project; but this will be considered as an optional supplement only. The most important part of the submission is the 250-word summary.
Please apply via the standard Pulitzer Center grant application form.