LaunchPad Fellowship For NextGen Journalists (Up to $5,000 Grant) 2024

The nine-month fellowship program aims to support emerging journalists across various media platforms who possess the necessary skills, expertise, and motivation to undertake an extensive investigative or storytelling project related to a significant social justice matter in the United States.

LaunchPad Fellowship For NextGen Journalists

LaunchPad Fellowship For NextGen Journalists

Fellows will have the opportunity to work autonomously, conducting in-depth research, interviews, and other reporting activities essential for the completion of their proposed projects. The program encourages fellows to delve deeply into their chosen topics, examining the tangible impact on historically marginalized communities, uncovering the underlying systemic factors that perpetuate the issue, and exploring potential remedies and solutions.


LaunchPad Fellows will benefit from the following:

  • A $5,000 grant to cover living expenses during their research and reporting period.
  • A comprehensive, three-day in-person learning and training program.
  • Skills development webinars were provided throughout the fellowship.
  • Nine months of guidance and coaching from experienced mentors in their respective fields.

Eligibility Criteria

  • They seek talented emerging journalists from diverse backgrounds who have shown a dedication to journalism and community storytelling with a focus on racial equity and social justice.
  • Both employees of news organizations and freelance/independent journalists are welcome to apply.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have between three and six years of professional journalism experience, in any form of media (such as digital, print, video, audio, photo, multimedia), either consecutively or cumulatively.
  • Exhibit a keen interest and commitment to reporting on social justice and equity issues, particularly in underrepresented local communities.
  • Present a publication strategy. (You will need to provide a letter of support from your employer or, if you are a freelancer, a “letter of interest to publish” from a news outlet, as part of the application process.)
  • Uphold ethical and principled journalism standards, ensuring accuracy, fairness, and thoroughness.
  • Show a strong intention to pursue a journalism career.
  • Apply as an individual, not as part of a team or on behalf of a news organization.
  • Reside in the United States.

Application Documents

  • Provide a concise overview of your project proposal.
  • Include a letter of interest and/or commitment to publish from an editor of a news outlet, such as your current employer or, if you are an independent journalist, from a news outlet.
  • Submit a reporting/production plan and, if available, a budget.
  • Share three samples of your published work across any medium.
  • provide the contact details of two professional references.
  • Include your résumé.

How to Apply

  • To apply, click on this link to access the Google form.
  • Ensure that you have a Google email account to access the application.
  • If you prefer to review a PDF version of the application before filling out the Google Form, they have provided the PDF for your convenience.
  • The application form has an auto-save feature, allowing you to complete it in multiple sessions.
  • After applying, you will receive an email with a copy of your responses.

For additional information, visit the official website of LaunchPad Fellowship.

Application Deadline

July 12, 2024.

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