UC Berkeley Launches Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship
Starting this year, the University of California at Berkeley‘s Graduate School of Journalism will offer an annual fellowship focused on food and farming to five lucky journalists. Designed for early to mid-career journalists, the fellowship will award $10,000 to each chosen fellow for the purpose of traveling and reporting on a variety of food and farming related topics.
The fellowship is open to print and radio journalists only at his time, but online and video journalists will be included in future years.
Berkeley says the fellowship gives journalists “an opportunity to report ambitious longform stories on the full range of subjects under the rubric of food systems: agricultural and nutritional policy, the food industry, food science, technology and culture, rural and urban farming, agriculture and the environment (including climate change), global trade and supply chains, consolidation and securitization of the food system and public health as it relates to food and farming.”
Stories focused on the US will be given preference over international stories, but those with a US connection will be considered.
Applicants will need to provide links or files to three sample stories, two references for recommendation letters, and an 800-1000 word story pitch with their application. Berkeley says, “The pitch should reflect some preliminary research, providing a clear sense of place, characters, narrative and reporting strategy.”
The deadline for applications is April 1 and recipients will be announced by May 1.
A four-day workshop will be held during the week of June 24-28, so interested applicants need to be available those days. This will include a meeting of fellows and editors to work on story pitches and strategies for reporting and publishing or broadcast. The fellowship will cover travel, accommodations, and meals at meetings.
Finally, fellows will work on reporting and writing between July and October with another four-day workshop in mid-November to edit, finalize, and find homes for the completed stories.
Created by Michael Pollan, the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkely, the fellowship is a product of the Knight Center in Science and Environmental Journalism and funded by a grant from The Schmidt Family Foundation’s 11th Hour Project.
The application and more information can be found on the fellowship’s official page.
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