Ochberg Fellowship 2022 for Senior & Mid-career journalists (Funded)
Deadline: February 22, 2022
Applications for the Ochberg Fellowship 2022 are now open. The Ochberg Fellowship is the Dart Center’s flagship program for senior and mid-career journalists who wish to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and psychological injury, and improve reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy. This year’s fellowship will be held July 22-28 at Columbia University in New York City.
Reporting responsibly and credibly on traumatic events — on street crime and family violence, natural disasters and accidents, war and genocide, pandemic and social upheaval — is a major challenge. Since 1999 the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has brought together outstanding journalists from around the world to explore critical issues around news coverage of violence, trauma and tragedy.
Fellows attend an intensive weeklong program of seminars held at Columbia University in New York City. Program activities include briefings by prominent interdisciplinary experts in the trauma and mental health fields; conversations with journalist colleagues on issues of ethics, craft and practice, and a variety of other opportunities for intellectual engagement and peer learning.
- The Ochberg Fellowship covers roundtrip travel, lodging, meals and expenses directly related to participation such as travel insurance.
- The program does not cover health insurance, additional nights of lodging beyond the Fellowship’s duration or ground transportation in fellows’ home cities.
Eligibility for the Ochberg Fellowship
- Open to outstanding journalists from any part of the world (with at least five years of professional journalism experience) working across all media. Past Fellows have ranged from small-town and regional general-assignment and crime reporters to war photographers and foreign correspondents for international news organizations.
- Both staff journalists and freelancers are welcome to apply.
- Applicants’ work must demonstrate journalistic excellence and a strong track record of covering trauma and its impact on individuals, families or communities.
- The Fellowship is open to print, broadcast and digital reporters, photographers, editors and producers with at least five years of professional journalism experience.
- Approximately half of the Fellows will be based in North America, with the balance drawn from Central and South America, Europe, the Asia Pacific region, Africa and the Middle East.
- All fellowship seminars are conducted in English. Fellows must be fluent in spoken English to participate in the program.
Selection Criteria for the Ochberg Fellowship
Applications are reviewed by a judging committee comprised of Dart Center staff, Fellowship faculty and past Fellows. Selection is not based on any single factor. Judges’ consider a variety of factors, with an emphasis on whether applicants:
- Demonstrate consistent and thoughtful journalistic engagement with issues of violence, conflict, tragedy and their aftermath;
- Have demonstrated journalistic excellence and leadership;
- Will likely benefit personally and professionally from the Fellowship experience and contribute meaningfully to the program.
Other considerations may include geographic and other diversity, and overall group composition.
How to Apply for the Ochberg Fellowship
The Fellowship program will be held July 22-28, 2022, at Columbia University in New York City. If public health conditions require us to cancel the program, all fellows selected for 2022 will be deferred to 2023.
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