Helping Collegiate Journalists Build Skills, Helping Newsrooms Promote Inclusion
To help journalism students broaden their storytelling skills and to promote greater inclusion in newsrooms, the University of Notre Dame, with support from the McCormick Foundation, is creating in May 2020 a new professional development program for collegiate journalists called “The Notre Dame Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy Institute” (JED Institute) — a conceptual and practical immersion into the ethical issues facing contemporary journalism.
Up to six students selected from a national pool of applicants will take part in an 11-week training and internship program. Students will spend the first week of the program producing news stories alongside professional reporters and editors at an urban journalism “boot camp” in Chicago. Once that portion of the program concludes, students will continue their development at a paid, 10-week summer internship in newsrooms around the country, including The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald, The Dallas Morning News, and The Tampa Bay Times.
To help address the journalism industry’s persistent challenge of recruiting and retaining journalists from under-represented communities, the Institute is specifically designed for three groups of participants:
- student members of the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association and the Native American Journalists Association;
- student members of the Journalism and Women Symposium;
- and students who are recipients of financial aid at their colleges and universities.
The program is modeled on several other successful professional development programs for under-represented students, including the Sports Journalism Institute, the Knight-NewmarkJ Diversity Initiative at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, and The New York Times Student Journalism Institute.
After a week of workshops in Chicago, students will intern in a half dozen newsrooms around the country.
"It is our hope that the Institute can be part of the ecosystem helping to diversify newsrooms, and a way to provide greater opportunities for exceptional journalism students from a range of backgrounds," said Richard G. Jones, the director of the JED Institute. Jones, who is the Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Director of the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy at Notre Dame, is the former director of The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, which he led while serving as associate editor at The Times.
There is no cost to take part in the Institute, which will begin with a week-long series of workshops in Chicago from May 15 to 22 before students begin their internships.
How to Apply
Students should complete the online application, including a 500-word essay on an ethical challenge that they have faced in their careers so far, and submit work samples relevant to their specific discipline:
- Reporters should submit at least six articles published in student media or professional outlets.
- Photographers and video journalists should submit links to their online portfolios.
- Editors should submit samples of six stories that they've edited, including headlines, captions, social media postings and other display type that they have written.
- Designers should submit six graphics or page layouts.
The deadline to apply for the Institute is Feb. 1 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.
In keeping with the McCormick Foundation’s mission to help strengthen journalism in Chicago and provide greater opportunities for the city’s residents, the selection committee will extend a strong preference to students who were reared in Chicagoland, or who attend colleges and universities in the city or its outskirts.
To learn more about membership in NABJ, NAHJ, AAJA, NAJA, or JAWS, please contact those organizations.