The NPR Kroc Fellowship program for journalists opens for applications for the 2020 fellowship program cycle. This is a yearlong program structured to recognise and nurture the next generation of exceptional public media journalists.
The NPR Kroc Fellowship program was created by a 2003 endowment to NPR from Joan Kroc, noted humanitarian and widow of McDonald’s Corp. founder Ray A. Kroc.
Three fellows are chosen every year and they get practical training in audio and digital journalism, encompassing reporting, writing, producing and editing. Candidates have to be recent graduates, but former journalism experience is not compulsory.
All through the program, Kroc Fellows can expect to:
- Cultivate audio production and writing aptitude by working on an NPR program or podcast. Former fellows have worked at Hidden Brain, Weekend Edition Saturday, and alt.latino.
- Turn out to be better reporters, writers and storytellers by working under the supervision of accomplished editors, producers and the NPR Training team.
- Acquire direct broadcast journalism experience by working at an NPR Member station.
Worth of Award
- The fellowship program provides practical journalism experience at different units within NPR and at an NPR Member station.
- Fellows work together with some of the country’s most esteemed reporters, producers and editors.
- They also get regular training in writing for radio and digital audiences.
The NPR Kroc Fellowship program starts every year in late August/early September and runs for 12 months. Fellows obtain an allowance of over $45,000 and benefits, comprising paid vacation.
Eligibility for NPR Kroc Fellowship
- While the typical Kroc Fellow desires to work in public media, past journalism or public radio experience is not compulsory.
- Fellows have to be able to display brilliant potential and drive.
- Candidates have to be close to finishing an undergraduate or graduate degree or have obtained a degree no more than one year before Dec. 31.
How to Apply for NPR Kroc Fellowship
Applications for NPR Kroc Fellowship program are taken only between Oct. 15 and Dec. 31 every year. After the hiring team assesses the applications, 10 finalists are chosen for a round of face to face interviews at NPR in late spring. Selections are made shortly after that.
(Check the frequently asked questions page for additional information about the fellowship program selection timeline.)
All finished applications have to include:
- Cover letter detailing why you should be chosen, addressed to the Kroc Fellowship program Committee
- Responses to the following questions: 1.) What do you want to do in journalism? 2.) Tell us about a news story you’ve been following. Why has it held your interest? 3.) Tell us about a piece of journalism you’ve enjoyed. What did you like about it?
- Sample work displaying remarkable initiative or achievement. This can be in the form of a writing sample (1,000 words or less), a link to an extract (five minutes or so) from an audio story, musical composition, video production, etc., or any other piece of artistic work
- Two letters of reference from individuals who can attest to your work ethic and devotion to curiosity, with names and contact details. The reference letters has to be addressed to the Kroc Fellowship Committee and should be sent by email to [email protected] as a Microsoft Word or PDF document with APPLICANT LAST NAME, FIRST NAME – KROC FELLOW APPLICANT as the subject of the email. The deadline is Dec. 31.
- Academic transcript(s) — unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
Additional Instructions for References
Reference letters have to be sent by Midnight ET on December 31, 2020 to [email protected] as a WORD or PDF file with candidate’s LAST NAME, FIRST NAME – KROC FELLOW APPLICANT should be the subject of the email.
Applications for NPR Kroc Fellowship program are acceptable only between Oct. 15 and Dec. 31 every year. After the hiring team assesses applications, 10 finalists are chosen for a round of face to face interviews at NPR in late spring. Selections are made shortly after that.
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