Fellow Criteria

Knight International Journalism Fellowships are designed 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. Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the year-long program sends international media professionals to countries where there are good opportunities to create the news media of the future.

Knight International Fellows work in these key regions: Asia/Pacific, Eurasia/Former Soviet Union, Latin America, Middle East/North Africa, and Sub-Saharan African.

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
  • Fellowship is open to any nationality
  • Fellowship duration is a minimum of one year, unless otherwise specified

Fellows selected for the program attend a week-long orientation program in Washington, D.C.