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Apply Today for the Stone & Holt Weeks Fellowship

Stone & Holt Weeks Fellowship, a fellowship sponsored by NPR and The Washington Post

Do good. Have fun. And make the world a better place for all.

This is the credo of the Stone & Holt Weeks Foundation, which is named after two young young men who were victims of a tragic car accident in the summer of 2009. It was established by Linton Weeks, national correspondent for Digital News at NPR and a former reporter for The Washington Post, and Jan Taylor Weeks, an artist, teacher, and volunteer. The Foundation has held a number of events since it was founded in 2009, and they recently announced their call for applications for the Stone & Holt Weeks Fellowship, a six-month opportunity for an up-and-coming journalist to learn the skills of the trade before jump-starting a successful career in journalism.

The Stone & Holt Weeks Foundation awards one fellow a year, and gives them exposure to journalism in a broad, connected sense with two of the nation’s most prestigious news organizations. The awarded fellow will receive one-on-one mentoring from professional journalists at The Washington Post and NPR, as well as several training sessions in key areas of journalism like radio and digital production. This also includes coverage on the air, online, and in the field.

The fellowship consists of two parts: 12 weeks at The Washington Post and 12 weeks at NPR. The fellow will also receive a weekly stipend of $800 for the duration of the fellowship, but they will be responsible for any living expenses. Employment with either The Washington Post or NPR is not guaranteed after the fellowship. The Stone & Holt Weeks Foundation has confirmed two fellows in previous years: Nathan Rott in 2010 and Teresa Tomassoni in 2011.

To apply for the Stone & Holt Weeks Fellowship, visit and download and complete the application form. Applicants do not need to have journalism degrees or experience as a journalist, but you must have a bachelor’s degree (or have received one by July 15, 2012). You must also include two recommendations, two or more writing samples, a resume, and a copy of your academic transcripts.

All documents, including the application form, must be postmarked by midnight on April, 30, 2012.

Ebony’s Bold, Vibrant Website Redesign

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If I could think of one word to describe the changes with Ebony in the last few years, it would be evolutionary.

In 2009, the magazine’s parent company Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) was rumored to be on the verge of financial collapse. In 2010, JPC sold their historic Chicago headquarters, named Amy DuBois Barnett as editor-in-chief, launched an iPad app to celebrate their 65th anniversary, and hired former White House Social Secretary Desirée Rogers as CEO of JPC. 2011 marked more big changes for Ebony, including releasing another iPad app, appointing Kierna Mayo as editorial director, digital, and tapping former ESQUIRE art director Darhil Crooks to completely revamp the print magazine’s design from cover-to-cover. (Crooks is now Creative Director at Ebony.)

Now, Ebony has debuted their new website redesign which complements and strengthens the magazine’s visual theme while bringing the brand into the 21st century.

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Quickly Start Your Own Dropbox-Synced Blog with Scriptogram logo

You may remember a few weeks ago when we talked about 3 things journalists can teach themselves over their winter vacations. One of these things is learning how to create a blog so you can showcase your writing. While you could start a blog with any number of services (WordPress, Blogger, etc.), Scriptogram has streamlined this process by allowing you to create your own blog just using a text file and a free Dropbox account. (Dropbox, in case you’re not familiar with the service, is a service which stores your files in the cloud and allows you to access them using a number of different apps across multiple operating systems and mobile platforms.)

Getting set up with takes less than five minutes, and all you need to begin is a Dropbox account. Once you have that, visit the website and click Dropbox connect to begin the process. Home Page

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5 Journalism Panels at SXSW Interactive 2012

SXSW Interactive 2012You may remember our post from back in August which featured fifteen journalism-related panels which were up for voting for inclusion into the 2012 SXSW schedule. Earlier this week, SXSW announced their 2012 schedule which includes over 5,000 events in the conference’s film, interactive and music tracks. Some events are still TBA, but the schedule will be updated the closer it moves to the conference’s opening date of March 9, 2012.

Here are just a few of the confirmed panels which should be of interest to journalists. This is a random sample of the entire schedule; you can search the full list of panels on the 2012 SXSW Schedule page.

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Apply Today For The Fall 2012 IRP Fellowships

Logos for the International Reporting Project, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and Johns Hopkins University

The International Reporting Project at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAS) of the Johns Hopkins University is now accepting applications for their Fall 2012 IRP Fellowships. Nearly 200 journalists have been awarded IRP Fellowships since the project began in 1998, including David Francis, Kira Kay, and Jason Maloney.

The IRP’s primary focus encourages U.S. journalists to cover under-reported stories of global importance. For this year’s fellowship programs, journalists will cover topics on religion, global health, or other general international topics.

In November, the IRP announced their Spring 2012 IRP Fellows:

Juhie Bhatia, Women’s eNews, New York – Morocco
Andrew Green, freelance, Kampala – South Sudan
Cathy Shufro, freelance, Connecticut – Thailand
Carey Wagner, freelance, Los Angeles – Papua New Guinea
Christopher Werth, freelance, London – India

The nine-week fellowship will allow these journalists the opportunity to research and cover their stories in each of the destination countries listed, and will begin in mid-February 2012 and extend through mid-April 2012. Fall 2012 IRP Fellows will begin in early September 2012 and end in early November 2012.

IRP Fellows will split their time between Washington D.C. (where IRP offices is located) and their overseas reporting location. IRP Fellows will also receive a combined total travel stipend of $9,000 to cover expenses during the program. Any U.S. journalist with at least five years of professional experience (including freelancers) is eligible to apply for the Fall 2012 IRP Fellowships. Applicants will need to include an essay describing their proposed project as well as work samples and a letter of recommendation.

For more information about the Fall 2012 IRP Fellowships, visit the Fellowships FAQ page on the International Reporting Project’s website. The deadline for applications is April 2, 2012. Apply today!