Conversation: Journalism residency fellowships
Imagine taking time off from the newsroom to spend a fully paid academic year at a university. While you're there, you join your cohort of other journalists in auditing college classes, meeting with news industry leaders and learning from each other. The opportunities that arise from access to a university and time out of the news cycle can transform the way you approach your work and the journalism industry.
This session is geared toward journalists who are wondering whether a fellowship is right for them right now, what the application process is like and what kinds of experiences fellowships offer. Journalists who have done residency fellowships are encouraged to join and share their experiences.
Tyler Dukes (@mtdukes) is an investigative reporter at WRAL News in Raleigh, N.C., where he specializes in data and public records. In 2017, he completed a fellowship at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University and currently teaches at Duke University's DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy. Prior to joining WRAL, he worked as managing editor for Duke University’s Reporters’ Lab, a project to reduce the costs of investigative journalism.
James Thomas is a software engineer on The New York Times's Interactive News team, a squad that builds tools that let the newsroom express things our CMS wasn't designed for. James does a lot of troubleshooting, teaching and brainstorming with reporters and editors. Before that, he was a web editor at the Detroit Free Press. As a Knight-Wallace fellow in 2011, James got to dive into the rudiments of what I do now. @nerdishtendency
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