2015 GroundTruth Middle East fellowship: “Life Beyond Conflict”
￼We’re proud to announce our third annual GroundTruth Middle East fellowship in the amount of $10,000 from The Correspondents’ Fund.
This year we offer the fellowship in the spirit of the late James Foley, the American freelance journalist who was murdered by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in 2014. Jim was always more than a conflict reporter. He came at this profession not purely from the adrenaline rush of covering war, but more deeply from a sense of caring about the people caught in conflict. Before becoming a journalist, Jim offered public service with Teach for America in a tough inner-city school in Phoenix, Arizona. He also received a master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst for writing and won a prestigious literary prize for a collection of published fiction.
We hope the GroundTruth Middle East fellowship will provide the opportunity for a young journalist on the ground to take inspiration from Jim’s approach, which included a sense of caring about people that coursed throughout his reporting and his life. We are also interested in proposals that might honor another side of Jim, which was his love of fiction and poetry.
In this year’s call for applications we encourage young journalists to put forward proposals focusing on life, education and culture in the Middle East — themes which too often go unreported amid a focus on conflict coverage in the region.
To apply, please send the following to GroundTruth managing editor Kevin Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 3:
*Project proposal with a budget not exceeding $10,000
*Three work samples