November 2, 2001

IPA Announces Fellowships for Journalists of Color

The Independent Press Association announces the 2001-02 application cycle of the George Washington Williams Fellowship, created to encourage journalists of color to pursue important social issues in the public interest. The fellowship funds stories written by journalists of color about issues such as the environment, global trade policy, healthcare, race, and education. Fellows receive access to some research support, consultants, advanced professional training, and a large network of journalists working in the public interest sector. In addition, program staff work closely with fellows to publish their stories in major publications.

Individuals may apply for financial and institutional support to write a single story, or they may seek an investigative or depth reporting fellowship of between three and twelve months to research a specific social issue. If accepted, the George Washington Williams Fellowship will pay national commercial rates for individual stories or $1500 per month plus expenses for depth reporting fellowships.

Any journalist of color with at least three years of solid professional reporting and writing experience may apply for the fellowship. Individuals with backgrounds in investigative or enterprise reporting are preferred. Previous reporting or other experience in the chosen subject area is desirable. The fellowship is open only to U.S. citizens or to foreign journalists who have established relationships with U.S. publications. College journalism or internship experience do not qualify as professional experience.

The fall application deadline is November 16, 2001.

The George Washington Williams Fellowship is named after the late 19th century African American journalist who wrote the first history of African Americans from their own point of view. Williams was also the first reporter to document the upheaval in the Belgian Congo at that time.

For application information, please contact Linda Jue at 415/643-4401 x107.

The Independent Press Association is a nonprofit, national magazine trade association representing more than 350 independent and public interest periodicals. In addition to the G.W. Williams Fellowship, the IPA offers a variety of services to its members. These include a revolving loan fund, a paper-buying cooperative, on-line publishing advice, newsstand distribution services, and publishing conferences.

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