Food Boot Camp, Spring 2014 – Knight Science Journalism at MIT

Food Boot Camp, Spring 2014 – Knight Science Journalism at MIT

Deadline: January 31, 2014

Applications are accepted for the Food Boot Camp taking place at MIT campus in Cambridge, MA from Tuesday, March 25, 2014 – Friday, March 28, 2014. Humans produce food in record abundance, and food in most places is more affordable than at any time in human history. But our progress has brought us unexpected trouble. The boot camp will teach the basics of the issues and address the underlying science and the overlying social, economic and political factors. And it will explore connections among the different issues.

This will be an intensive course—all day, every day for four days—devoted primarily to discussions and lectures. Some of the most knowledgeable researchers and leaders from universities, government and industry will teach in the workshop.

Training Details

KSJ will select 10- 12 journalists to participate. If selected, they will reimburse you up to $750 of your travel expenses to Cambridge and provide lodging for four nights. They do not reimburse expenses for meals as we provide most during the boot camp. (Travel reimbursement is by check in U.S. dollars only. Electronic transfers are not available. Reimbursement typically arrives 4 to 6 weeks after travel concludes.)

Sessions are held on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA. Participants are required to attend all sessions.


  • Knight Science Journalism Fellowships are for mid-career journalists who demonstrate a high level of journalistic excellence and accomplishment, as well as a long-term commitment to their craft.
  • Journalists from all countries compete on an equal basis.
  • To be eligible for a Knight Fellowship, applicants must meet the qualification standards and agree to a few stipulations.


The following documents are required for Boot Camp applications:

  • Professional Statement: Tell us about your journalistic experience and why you want to attend this Boot Camp. Not to exceed 500 words.
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae: Be sure to include your education and work history.
  • Freelancers: (Non-freelancers are not required to submit this item.) Provide a list of all your freelance jobs in the last 12 months. Include each story, venue, and date of publication or broadcast. If your client is not widely known, provide some idea of who or what it is. A few words for each job is sufficient.

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