An online digital revolution is changing the way we communicate. For journalists, it's an ever-evolving new world, filled with opportunities as well as obstacles.
That's why the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism offers short-term fellowships to help make better use of new online tools and channels. Thanks to the generous support of the Kiplinger Foundation, the training will be offered free of charge. The 2014 fellowship runs from Sunday, April 6, through Friday, April 11.
Fellows spend an intensive week at The Ohio State University in Columbus. They'll be immersed in training designed to pay off immediately in the newsroom. We'll explore creative reporting uses of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media sites. We'll showcase strategies for backgrounding individuals and companies, as well as building your online following. We'll focus on the latest tactics for effective public affairs reporting: public records, documents and data. Plus, we'll explore creative uses for online tools such as Deep Web searches and free data visualizations. And we will explore the ethical issues that come with social media.
The Kiplinger Foundation covers the costs of the training, lodging, most meals and a travel stipend.
To apply, journalists must have five or more years of experience at a news organization. All fellowship sessions are conducted in English without translators.
Candidates must send a bio (maximum of 150 words), a short explanation of how the fellowship would benefit them and their newsroom (maximum of 200 words), two references contacts, and Web links to three recent stories. If your work requires that you write in a language other than English, you must provide originals and English translations.
The deadline for applications is 30 Novembers.