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A New Internship Program at Patch, Complete With Scholarship

This summer, Patch will be partnering with the Dow Jones News Fund to provide their summer interns with a unique experience: Interns will complete a week-long training program at Western Kentucky University before heading back to their prospective posts across the country. Not only are travel expenses and housing covered, interns get an hourly wage and will receive a $1000 scholarship upon completing the program.

All in all, about 40 students will be selected in 18 states. The program will have two start dates: early June through August and mid-June through the first week of September. “[We're looking for] someone who’s really passionate about community journalism,” Andi Morrison, college recruiter at Patch, told 10,000 Words. “That kind of entrepreneurial spirit is the first thing I really look for.” To apply, students should have some online journalism experience, whether it’s writing for campus media or freelancing for a local news outlet. Read more

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Nonfiction Book Proposal

Nonfiction Book ProposalStarting September 4,work with a literary agent to complete a full proposal that wins an agent and a contract! Ryan Harbage from The Fischer-Harbage Agency, Inc. will teach you how to convey your idea in a winning book proposal format, write your proposal letter, understand the nuts and bolts of the nonfiction book industry, and more. Register now! 

Google and AP Announce Winners of Journalism and Technology Scholarships

Six ‘new’ journalists – also known as students – have received $20,000 scholarships from a joint initiative between Google and the Associated Press.

As we wrote about last August, the AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship is geared at both undergraduate and graduate students interested in the “intersection of journalism, computer science and new media.” Funded by the AP and Google, it is administered by the Online News Association (ONA).

“There’s nothing more exciting than seeing these new journalist hybrids emerging from our colleges across the U.S.,” Jane McDonnell, ONA Executive Director, said in the press release. “While digital media professionals continue to evolve the game, these students will transform the playing field.”

The recipients range from a sophomore at the University of Minnesota to a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. They each submitted proposals and a team of digital media leaders reviewed the applications and eventually selected the winning six students.

The press release included the students’ proposals. Here they are, in a slightly boiled down version. The full proposals are available on the ONA Press Room.

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$20K grants available for female-driven digital journalism start-ups

Journalist? Check.

Female? Check.

Great new idea for using digital media to deliver journalism? If you can check yes here too, this opportunity is for you.

The International Women’s Media Foundation is offering its second round of three $20,000 grants in its Women Entrepreneurs in the Digital News Frontier program. The first awards, meant to encourage females to expand their role in the digital news media landscape by becoming entrepreneurs, were made in 2011. It’s only open to U.S.-based women journalists (full-time, part-time or freelance).

In addition to funding to get the ideas off the ground, the organization will offer coaching and mentoring from leading digital news media experts to help their start-ups succeed.

The deadline to apply is March 2, and the group will notify winners in April. That gives you just shy of a month to pull the perfect pitch together. This could be your chance to turn your “if only” idea into a “finally” finished product. Stuck for ideas? Check out what the 2011 winners worked on:

  • Jeanne PinderClearhealthcosts.com, a site that aims to bring a clearer picture of the cloudy world of healthcare pricing to the masses in a consumer friendly format. More background.
  • Maria BalinskaLatitude News explores how Americans are connected to international events and helps them understand how the U.S. itself fits into the global news picture. More background.
  • Lissa Harris and Julia ReischelNewsShed is a spin-off of the founders’ Watershed, which delivers original reporting to the rural Catskills “news desert.” The NewsShed twist is that it launches only-only and self-sustaining news sites in some of these under-covered and under-served communities. More background.

Inspired yet? Read the FAQ and find the application on the IWMF website.

Apply Today for the Spencer Education Journalism Fellowship

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If you are a journalist, an educator, or a researcher who wants to work on projects about the American education system, then you should check out the Spencer Education Journalism Fellowship from the Columbia Journalism School. This fellowship is dedicated to supporting long-form journalism that deepens and enhances the public’s understanding of the American education system, according to the Spencer Fellows website.

“The fellowship is designed to elevate the level of education reporting by giving writers the time and resources they so desperately need in today’s environment of tight deadlines and space limitations to produce a long-form work of lasting value that will trigger a national conversation on the status of education in America,” said LynNell Hancock, the program’s curriculum director.

The Columbia Journalism School has granted these particular fellowships since 2008, and Spencer Fellows have gone on to produce groundbreaking journalism on the American education system, such as Alexander Russo’s novel Stray Dogs, Saints and Saviors: Fighting for the Soul of America’s Toughest High School and Nancy Solomon’s radio documentary “Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools are Failing Black Students”, a 2010 Peabody Award winner.

Spencer Fellows will spend the upcoming academic year at Columbia University studying with other scholars and with mentors in the Journalism School. Three fellowships will be awarded, each with an annual stipend of $75,000 and a modest travel expense account. The program is highly competitive, and the deadline for applications is January 31, 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by April 5.

For more information about the program, and to apply for the Spencer Education Journalism Fellowship, visit the Spencer Fellows website at http://spencer.jrn.columbia.edu.

Tweet About First Amendment, Win A $5K Scholarship

Student journalists should know by now, you likely won’t start out earning an enormous salary. And that money will seem even scarcer if you’ve got student loans to pay back. So Thursday is your chance to both support the First Amendment — that’s the one with freedom of the press and freedom of speech, which I really hope you already knew — and to potentially earn a $5,000 scholarship. It’s as easy as exercising your right to tweet — by tweeting about why you love that right (or any of the others in that near sacred amendment). For those who’ve gone through other scholarship competitions, that’s a scholarship essay of 140 characters instead of 1,400 words or so. And with 22 available awards, your odds may be better than many national winner-take-all competitions.
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