About the Fellowship

The March on Washington Film Festival’s Student Journalism Fellowship, now in its third year, provides an opportunity for junior, senior and graduate-level students to gain an applied understanding of the media's impact on the attainment, preservation and parsing of Civil Rights in a society.

Two cohorts of students -- one based in Washington, D.C. and the other in Sydney, Australia -- will participate in a global-minded series of social justice reporting workshops, seminars, mentorship sessions and events, culminating in the completion of social justice reporting projects that will be pitched to media outlets around the world.

Previous years have included guests and speakers from:

  • The New York Times

  • Huffington Post

  • ProPublica

  • Vice News

  • Mic.com

  • And more!

Click here to read some of the pieces published by previous fellows.



2019 Application

Increase Your Impact. Improve Your World. Apply for the March on Washington Film Festival’s Student Journalism Fellowship.

College juniors, seniors and graduate students are invited to apply for the March on Washington Film Festival’s first ever bi-continental Student Journalism Fellowship, taking place September-December 2019 in Washington, D.C. and remote from Sydney, Australia.

Gain an applied understanding of the media's impact on the attainment, preservation and parsing of Civil Rights in a society through a global-minded series of social justice reporting workshops, seminars, mentorship sessions, newsroom visits and events. Additionally, the SJF provides resources to support students, from concept to execution, in the production of a social justice reporting project on a topic of their choosing, to be pitched to media outlets around the world.

In previous years, our fellows have received journalistic training from reporters at The New York Times, Huffington Post, Vice News, ProPublica and more. Their work has been published in The Atlantic Magazine, ESPN's The Undefeated, NBC BLK, Vibe Magazine, DC Line, The Michigan Chronicle and more.

To apply, students should send the following to sjfellows@mowff.org by August 30, 2019:

  • A current resume;

  • Two writing samples; and

  • A one-page statement (500-750 words) describing what he/she/they considers a modern Civil Rights issue. Included in the one-page statement should be a brief analysis of how the issue is currently being covered in the media, if it all.

The program will run from September-December 2019. Students applying for the D.C. cohort must be attend school in Washington,D.C, Maryland or Virginia.

Students applying for the Sydney cohort must be enrolled in New York University - Sydney and submit applications to Megan Carrigy, Associate Director of Programs at NYU Sydney via email, megan.carrigy@nyu.edu.  



Previous Cohorts

Previous Student Journalism Fellows have come from universities across the District, Maryland and Virginia, including Howard University, Goucher College, Georgetown University, The George Washington University and more. They have gone on to secure internships or jobs at CBS, Meet the Press, Kaiser Health News and more.

Read the selection of articles by previous fellows below. Click the photo to read Riddhi Sarkar’s essay in The Atlantic Magazine on the relationship between the Partition of India and the March on Washington:

 

 

FAQ: American and Austrlian Cohorts

 

American Cohort

Q: When does The MoWFF’s Student Journalism Fellowship take place?
A: The fellowship will take place from September - December 2019.

Q: Where does The MoWFF’s Student Journalism Fellowship take place?
A: Fellows will meet at locations in and around Washington, D.C.

Q: What is expected of students throughout the program?
A: Students are expected to attend one workshop each month, from September - November. Students will spend December completing their reported pieces and pitching them to publications.  

Workshops include lunch, group discussions, guest lectures from working industry professionals, and hands-on journalistic activities.

Throughout the program, students will engage in monthly mentorship sessions with the program’s facilitator in support of a reported piece of journalism that students will have the opportunity to pitch to the MoWFF’s editorial partners.

Students are also asked to participate in an online group discussion with their cohort based in Sydney, Australia.

Q: Is there a stipend for this fellowship?
A: Monetary stipends are not provided, but arrangements can be made for students to earn academic credit for their participation. Meals will be provided at workshops.


Q:
Am I eligible to apply?
A: If you are a junior, senior, or graduate-level student enrolled in a college or university in commuting distance from Washington, D.C., yes! All majors and disciplines are welcome.

Q: Will I have my article/journalistic work published in a major news outlet?
A: We will provide you all the support you need to get your work into a publishable format, but there is no guarantee that your article will be published in a major news outlet.

Q: How do I apply?
A: Click here for more information on the application process.

Australian Cohort

Q: When does The MoWFF’s Student Journalism Fellowship take place?
A: The fellowship will take place from September - December 2019.


Q:
Where does The MoWFF’s Student Journalism Fellowship take place?
A: Fellows will meet at locations in and around Sydney, Australia.  

Q: What is expected of students throughout the program?
A: Students are expected to attend one workshop each month, from September - November. Students will spend December completing their reported pieces and pitching them to publications.  

Workshops include lunch, group discussions, guest lectures from working industry professionals, and hands-on journalistic activities.

Throughout the program, students will engage in monthly mentorship sessions with the program’s facilitator in support of a reported piece of journalism that students will have the opportunity to pitch to the MoWFF’s editorial partners.

Students are also asked to participate in an online group discussion with their cohort based in Washington, D.C..

Q: Is there a stipend for this fellowship?
A: Monetary stipends are not provided, but arrangements can be made for students to earn academic credit for their participation. Meals will be provided at workshops.

Q: Am I eligible to apply?
A: If you are a junior, senior, or graduate-level student enrolled in NYU-Sydney, yes! All majors and disciplines are welcome.

Q: Will I have my article/journalistic work published in a major news outlet?
A: We will provide you all the support you need to get your work into a publishable format, but there is no guarantee that your article will be published in a major news outlet.

Q: How do I apply?
A: Click here for more information on the application process.