Apply: Student Reporter Editor Fellowship 2014

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Student Reporter has been for two years working in journalism education and outreach. Through our conference reporting programs, we’ve incubated over 100 young writers and have covered business and economics phenomena at both niche workshops and large meetings of  international organizations all over the world.

In each of these projects, our editors are in charge of developing a coverage strategy around conference “beats”, training and leading the reporters (topic expert, but non-journalism, students), and publishing the outcome on our outlet,

So our challenge to the journalism community is this: How do you cover a business or economics phenomena for the global Under-30 crowd?

We want to start with two elements: hacking the beat with a more phenomena-driven approach (see Quartz’s “obsessions”) and involving the community of readers through hands-on practice in journalism (you will train them to reporters). Our fellows will practice these two elements from the ground up by picking a phenomena and covering it with a team of writers over a span of four months.

Applications are now closed and the 2014 fellows have been selected to join our team for the summer. 

Program at a Glance

A 4-month fellowship program for journalism students to launch and manage their coverage project around a business or economics phenomena. Each fellow receives a stipend of $3,000(US) and project budget capped at $4,000 which can be used for recruiting writers, field reporting trips, events, and travel.


  • Conceptualize, initiate and manage a coverage project which consists of:
    • Building an “experimental newsroom” of five student reporters.
    • Managing publishing of 15 articles over a 2.5-month period (SR editorial and publishing team will support you).
    • Leading a major event coverage or field reporting trip with the student reporters.
  • Participation in an NYC work session, #HackTheBeat, with experts from the journalism community here (we will provide travel support).
  • We estimate the workload from April – June to average out to be 10 hrs a week (with a heavier load in the later months and a 4-5 day fulltime commitment during the even coverage or field reporting trip).

Your benefits:

  • $3,000(US) stipend for you and a budget of $4,000 for project. This can be used for travel for you and your team, event planning, recruitment, and any other reporting costs.
  • An opportunity for you to apply classroom learnings through real practice in editorial programming, producing articles, and running your own “newsroom”.
  • Working with a team of passionate student reporters who will provide unique angles and topic expertise.
  • Possible international travel and field reporting trips.
  • Being involved with a fast-growing global youth media startup.


  • Current Masters-level journalism students (or similar degree).
  • 3+ professional experience in a newsroom, as a freelance journalist, or journalism educator. Experience as an editor is a plus.

Program Dates:

  • 15 March: Fellows selection
  • 29 March (tentative): Program kickoff and NYC work session
  • 15 April ~ 30 June: Run projects and publish content
  • 30 June: End of program webinar

To apply, please fill out this application by 15 March, 2014. 

For any questions, please contact[at]

Mercator_logoThe Student Reporter Editor Fellowship is supported by Mercator Foundation Switzerland

2 thoughts on “Apply: Student Reporter Editor Fellowship 2014

  1. Although qualified for the program, in my own evaluation, I thought to take full advantage as a result of my inabsence in such training programmes since the mid-1990s, having served as president of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and instructor of Journalism at the Bravid Washington Episcopal School, International School of Journalism and the Liberia Institute of Journalism with 40 years experience. I am a 1994 beneficiary of the USIA International Visitor Programme. I simply want to help update younger practitioners in Liberia.

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