Munk School of Global Affairs seeks Global Correspondents from ALL fields – University of Toronto

Munk School of Global Affairs seeks Global Correspondents from ALL fields – University of Toronto

Deadline: February 21, 2014

The Munk School of Global Affairs is seeking 20 outstanding professionals, scholars and specialized freelancers from around the world, who want to lead the coverage of their disciplines in global media. A new kind of journalism education, at the University of Toronto. The Fellowship begins with a six-week boot camp, during which Fellows learn the foundations of journalism. These aren’t ‘normal’ times for journalism, and this isn’t a normal journalism school.

They need a new generation of reporters who understand complex subjects as specialists, and who yearn to cover them across borders as journalists.

Eligibility and Admission Requirements

The Munk School of Global Affairs is awarding 20 Fellowships in Global Journalism to candidates from around the world—and they’re seeking something different than conventional journalism programs:

  • Specialization
  • The relevant graduate degree, professional degree or work experience to report knowledgably on any specialty. If in doubt, please send us your application anyway.
  • Prior experience as a journalist is NOT necessary, but some specific qualities are: Read Qualifications to understand the kind of personality they’re seeking.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English.

Candidates must have strong communications instinct and are hungry to cover their disciplines as journalists for media around the world, in all platforms including print, on-line, broadcast and radio, full-time or part-time.

Benefits

As a Fellow in this eight-month program, you’ll get a head start in journalism by:

  • Actually reporting on your own discipline for major media.
  • Learning how to identify and pitch stories, investigate them, and report them in written, video and audio form – for the widest range of media platforms.
  • Learning how to compete as a global freelancer, from some of the world’s most successful freelancers.
  • Sharing coverage ideas with the Munk School’s scholars in global affairs and with University of Toronto’s scholars in your own field.
  • Receiving direct mentorship from your own “bureau chief”, an experienced journalist whose job is to hone your skills and help launch your career.
  • Attending a series of lectures from leading journalists around the world.
  • After joining us for a six-week bootcamp, you can complete the program from anywhere in the world, while still working in your field.

When you finish, you’ll have the skills to:

  • Return to your profession, now able to cover your discipline part-time as a freelance journalist for media around the world in print, online, for television and radio; and with an outstanding knowledge of media that will add value to your professional work.
  • Become a ‘super-freelancer’, with the skills and relationships to sustain a career covering your discipline for a portfolio of media organizations around the world
  • Launch or lead a media business
  • Compete for a staff job with a media company that wants your unique mix of specialization, reporting experience, global understanding and business ability

Their job is to mentor your first year covering your specialty — in major media—so that you have the basis to lead in the years that follow. If you have already earned advanced knowledge of a subject, this is a powerful running start into global journalism in less time than most Master of Journalism degrees.

Scientists doing science journalism… Lawyers doing law journalism… Health professionals doing health journalism… Engineers doing technology journalism… Human rights specialists doing human rights journalism…. Policy specialists doing political journalism… Doctors doing medical journalism… Economists and business professionals doing business journalism…. Regional experts working as foreign correspondents on the Arab World, South Asia, East Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and elsewhere… Experts reporting as journalists on anything at all…

For more information, click here.

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