Journalists need other journalists. Our Fellowship creates the space they need

Director of the Journalist Fellowship Programme on the value of bringing journalists together in our fellowship programme
2nd February 2021

Applications for our Journalist Fellowship Programme are now closed. Director of the Programme and Deputy Director of the institute, Meera Selva, writes in this piece about what makes the programme unique and why you should apply.

Journalists need other journalists. They need new ideas, new solutions, and crucially they need spaces to talk to each other for support, solidarity and to find new ways to think about journalism.

The journalist fellowship programme at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in Oxford provides the space to do just this. To come together to talk about the challenges facing the industry. And at this tumultuous moment it feels more important than ever.

And the fellowship is not just about listening to others talk. It’s about telling your story. From the projects you work on, designed to help you and your newsroom, to seminars, talks and shows you take part in to explain what it means to be a reporter and editor today. Our journalists have talked about censorship, press freedom, media diversity, digital disruption, and how to truly connect with audiences, whether that is through newsletters, readers panels or social media.

Applications are open now for experienced journalists (with at least 5 years' experience) from around the world to apply for our fully funded fellowships.

We bring together journalists from sub Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Latin America Europe, Asia and Australia for seminars with leading editors and academics, talks with each other and conversations over how best to address the challenges facing the media industry today.

The programme gives journalists an opportunity to build networks, both during the fellowship and afterwards through our active alumni network. They develop a global set of contacts and gain insights into international trends and developments. They go on to implement change, to innovate and to be better journalists. Apply and see what happens.