A new yearlong IRE fellowship seeks to increase the range of backgrounds, experiences and interests within the field of investigative journalism, where diverse perspectives are critically important.

The IRE Journalist of Color Investigative Reporting Fellowship is made possible thanks to generous donations from IRE members Mike Gruss, Meghan Hoyer, Megan Luther and Mike Tahani.

“We’re grateful to several IRE members who are passionate about making a tangible difference in the professional development of journalists of color,” IRE Executive Director Doug Haddix said. “Their investment will enable a talented journalist to receive a full slate of IRE and NICAR training. At the end of the year, the fellow will be better positioned to produce even better journalism with high impact.”

The 2019 fellowship is open to U.S journalists of color with at least three years of post-college work experience. Applicants currently working in a newsroom must receive the support of their employer; freelancers are also encouraged to apply.

As part of the program, the fellow must propose and work on a well-developed project that benefits their community. A mentor network of IRE members will advise the fellow throughout the year or until the project is complete, whichever comes first.

The fellowship includes a suite of resources and training opportunities:

  • One-year IRE membership/renewal
  • Complimentary Boot Camp registration and travel reimbursement up to $1,000.
  • Complimentary 2019 CAR Conference registration, travel reimbursement up to $500 and up to 3 free hotel nights.
  • Complimentary 2019 IRE Conference registration, travel reimbursement up to $500 and up to 3 free hotel nights.
  • Up to 12 hours of complimentary IRE Data Services.

Fellowship applications are due Oct. 15. The recipient of the fellowship will be notified in November for a January 1 start date.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Chris Vachon, chris@ire.org or 317-371-6780.