Apply now for JSK Fellowships Class of 2019

The application period for the John S. Knight Fellowships Class of 2019 is now open through Dec. 4, 2017.

Check out our Twitter chat on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 11 a.m. to noon PT. Ask questions and chat using #AskJSK (and feel free to send us questions ahead of time).

The JSK Journalism Fellowships supports diverse journalists from around the world who are deeply engaged in exploring solutions to the most urgent issues facing journalism. Innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership in journalism are the foundation of our work, which seeks to improve the quality of news and information reaching the public.

We will select up to 20 fellows for our next class. From September 2018 to June 2019, those fellows will spend their time on individual and collaborative projects. Although we are not an academic program, they will have the option to sit in on classes, while also participating in special workshops and weekly events, and exploring the abundant resources on campus and throughout Silicon Valley.

Journalists and journalism innovators seeking to transform the industry are invited to apply by proposing journalism projects, framed as questions, that fit within the four themes that are the focus of our program. (The questions below are examples; you should propose an original question):00

  • Challenging Misinformation and Disinformation — How might journalists use social listening tools to identify and counter misinformation?
  • Holding the Powerful Accountable — How might journalists build collaborative networks to better track the financial dealings of political leaders in emerging democracies?
  • Eradicating News Deserts and Strengthening Local News — How might news organizations engage neighborhood groups in helping disseminate information people need to fully participate in their communities?
  • Fighting Bias, Intolerance and Injustice — How might journalists use artificial intelligence to detect bias in how municipal governments deliver services to local residents?

JSK Fellows receive several benefits, including base stipends of $75,000, health insurance and Stanford tuition, and we provide additional support for fellows with children. Partners and spouses of fellows get to experience some of the same benefits of the program. We also help fellows find housing. For more details, read our Benefits of a Fellowship page. 

We will group our 2018-2019 fellows into teams. This “Teams and Themes” framework will allow fellows to find ready partners within their own class to explore key questions and journalistic passions together, marshal resources, seek potential solutions and learn from each other. Fellows also will continue to work on their individual projects, or they may develop a joint project to tackle with their team. We also envision other collaborations: among teams, spontaneous collaborations or other groupings. We could also see the teams tapping JSK alumni already working in their topic areas , as well as others at Stanford and beyond.

We expect that applicants will explore a range of issues in pursuing their journalism question, such as audience engagement, big data and new business models, and that they may leverage technology of all kinds in exploring their question, including artificial intelligence, machine learning and the internet of Things.

Here are some tips for creating a great application:

  • Invite criticism: Have others review your proposal, and give them enough time to give you meaningful feedback.
  • Report it out: Define what makes your proposal different from others on the subject, and explain why you should pursue your project at Stanford University.
  • Get to know JSK: Read our website, especially the Become a Fellow section, and learn about the work of our current fellows and alumni. Also, make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  
  • Beat the deadline: Set aside plenty of time to work on your application. You can begin working on your application now and return throughout the open application period to complete it.
  • Seek your recommendation letters soon: You need three professional recommendation letters, which must be submitted by the Dec. 4, 2017 application deadline. Recommenders submit letters directly to our application system and you are responsible for beginning the process that gives them access to the system. That’s one more reason to begin your application early.

The JSK team will attend and sponsor a range of events during the next few weeks where prospective applicants can ask questions:

In March and April, we plan to extend fellowships to international finalists, and we will invite U.S. finalists to Stanford for interviews. We will announce the JSK Fellowships Class of 2019 in May 2018.

Follow @JSKstanford on Twitter for the latest and for details about virtual office hours we may hold during the open application period. Please email Mary Beth Boch,  our selection and resources administrator, with questions, jskfellowships@stanford.edu. And don’t forget to apply by 11:59 p.m. PT Dec. 4, 2017.