IRE Freelance Fellowships – Deadline April 30

Investigative Reporters and Editors freelance fellowship deadline is approaching. One of our members was awarded this fellowship last year so shoot me an email if you want more info and I’ll try to put you in touch. Best, Mia

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Deadline Approaches for IRE’s Fellowship Awards for Freelance Investigative Journalists

If you are a freelance journalist working on an investigative project, apply today for one of Investigative Reporters and Editors’ Freelance Fellowships. Awards average $1,000 and may be applied toward travel, research and other costs of your investigation. The postmark deadline is April 30, 2010.

The application process is fairly streamlined: applicants fill out a one-page form, submit samples of their work, write a narrative of 200 to 1,000 words and answer a series of related questions. Entries will be scrutinized by a committee of three experienced freelance journalists; they are ineligible for the award while serving on the committee.

Proposals will be judged in part on the breadth, significance and potential impact of the investigative project. Proposals dealing with whistleblowers, business ethics and/or privacy issues will receive priority; projects involving other topics will also be given serious consideration by the committee. The projects must be published or aired primarily in U.S. outlets.

IRE distributed three $1,000 fellowship awards last year to:

· Jonathan Jones and Anna Sussman, founders of backpackjournalist.org, a collaborative international professional reporting project.

· Jim Walls, proprietor of Atlanta Unfiltered, LLC, a Monday-Friday news site, and former investigations editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Eligible journalists may download the application form from the IRE Web site (http://www.ire.org/training/fellowships/) or request the form from IRE staff member John Green via telephone (573-882-2772) or email (jgreen@ire.org). Three copies of the completed form and attachments must be sent in hard copy to: Freelance Journalism Award, IRE, 141 Neff Annex, Columbia, MO 65211.

IRE is a nonprofit educational and professional organization of more than 3,500 journalists working to foster excellence in investigative journalism. IRE provides extensive training and resources through seminars, publications and its Web site: www.ire.org.

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