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The International Center for Journalists seeks proposals for year-long ICFJ Knight Fellowships to instill a culture of news innovation and experimentation worldwide. The goal is to seed new ideas and services that deepen coverage, expand news delivery and engage citizens in the editorial process. Fellows partner with newsrooms, startups and other organizations to help them adopt or invent technology that engages and informs the public. They will work in key areas such as mobile services, data mining, storytelling and social media. Each project should be designed to ensure that the impacts and achievements last beyond the Fellowship.

To become a Fellow, candidates must complete a Fellowship application that includes a Fellowship proposal. The proposal should include the projects that Fellow will lead and one or more local partners that will collaborate on those projects during the Fellowship year.


Fellow candidates must have the experience and skills necessary to lead these projects, and be able to act as a thought leader for broader influence on media. Typical qualifications:

  • Experience working in newsrooms
  • Experience creating digital- and/or mobile-news media content and strategy
  • Experience managing digital production and innovation teams, while working to tight deadlines
  • Experience incorporating the use of social media and/or data in news media
  • Experience measuring results, such as the impact of content, adoption of technology and audience engagement
  • Success at replicating, adapting and creating technologies to answer local needs
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Ability to communicate program results as a speaker, blogger
  • Strong project- and time-management skills
  • Experience in the target region
  • Fluency (speaking, reading and writing) in the local language of the target country/region
  • Training or coaching experience

Partners must be able to contribute to the Fellowship by providing funding, facilities or other support. Typical partners include local news organizations, NGOs, universities, associations and networks, and technology companies. Support can include:

  • Funding for project development, meetups/workshops
  • Facilities and/or equipment
  • Office/meeting space
  • Access to staff or network members for collaboration (strategic, administrative, training or logistical)
  • Ability and commitment to continuing the work of the Fellowship after its completion

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