The deadline for 2017 MJ Bear Fellowships was July 20, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2018 application process will begin early summer 2018.
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.
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, 2016. 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, but an actual working entity — or at least far enough along to show substantial progress. Some examples: a new take on complex data visualization, a unique approach to news coverage or news gathering, a novel form of news content distribution or a fresh approach to using social media or mobile technology. The selection committee is looking for projects that show spark, creativity and innovation. Applicant should explain how your strategy moves digital journalism forward or provides valuable lessons or outcomes. Length: 500 words or fewer; or a multimedia presentation no longer than three minutes.
Section 3: Testimonial / Letter of Recommendation
One letter of recommendation from employer, instructor or technology partner affirming the candidate as a standout young digital journalist — a capable presenter fully deserving of this opportunity. The letter must confirm the applicant’s description of his/her role in the project, if possible. Length: One typed page.
Section 4: Personal Statement or Presentation
Tell us about yourself in a personal statement or a multimedia presentation. Length: 300 words or fewer; or a multimedia presentation no longer than one minute. Video presentations are strongly encouraged.
Section 5: Professional Mentoring
Instead of one-to-one mentoring, which may not capture all the needs of the honorees based on the match, Fellows will receive three group online workshop/discussion sessions with a member of a Professional Advisory Board. Sessions could focus on career development, project management, entrepreneurship, technology strategy or other issues important to you. In 200 words or less, what topics would you most like covered?