Apply for the MJ Bear Fellowship

The application has five parts. Applications and all submitted materials must be in English. Any links you provide as part of the application must be public with no password required. (Please note, this is a guide for the 2023 application. Applications have not yet opened for 2024.)

Section 1: Contact Information, Resume and Photo

Provide name, date of birth, address, email, phone number, relevant online presences, photo and resume.

Section 2: Project, Experiment, Concept

Provide a description of and link to your digital journalism experiment or project, which is either ongoing or started after Jan. 1, 2022. You should specify your role — whether you were the sole creator or a member of a team. The project should be more than a concept or idea; it should be far enough along to show substantial progress. Themes for projects may include audience and social engagement, product development and digital or business strategy.

The selection committee is looking for projects that show creativity and innovation. Applicants should explain how their strategy moves digital journalism forward or provides valuable lessons or outcomes.

Section 3: Testimonial / Recommendation

An employer, instructor or technology partner will be asked to fill out a recommendation form affirming the candidate as a standout young digital journalist. The recommender must have knowledge of the applicant’s project in order to confirm the applicant’s description of his/her role in the project.

Section 4: Personal Statement or Presentation

Tell us about yourself in a personal statement or a multimedia presentation. Video presentations are strongly encouraged.

Section 5: Professional Coaching

Fellows will receive three group coaching sessions with leaders in digital journalism who offer practical advice and guidance. Sessions are based on what Fellows need most to advance their projects and their careers. Past sessions have covered topics such as skills building; pitching projects, stories and oneself; career advancement in a changing world; audience engagement; marketing and entrepreneurship. In 200 words or less, what topics would you most like covered?