The Douglas Tweedale Memorial Fellowship

The Douglas Tweedale Memorial Fellowship helps Latin American journalists improve their investigative reporting skills, either generally or in a specialty reporting area such as immigration, environment, science and technology or business, through a two-week long program in the United States.

About the Fellowship

The fellowship program runs every other year. Applications for the next program will be available in summer 2019.

The fellowship is awarded to two Latin American journalists and begins with a three-day orientation and professional program for the participants in Washington, D.C., which includes appointments with area investigative journalists and media outlets.

The agenda in Washington focuses on investigative journalism broadly, taking into consideration the participants’ interests and areas of focus. The journalists then depart for a two-week assignment in the newsroom of an English-language media organization in the United States, where they conduct reporting in a specialty area or on a specific project they have proposed in their application.

Apply to the Fellowship

To be considered, candidates should:

  • Be early- to mid-career journalists working at independent news organizations, including print, radio, television or online media in Latin America who have an interest in honing their investigative reporting skills;
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in journalism or journalism in a democratic society;
  • Have a desire to develop strong professional skills;
  • Outline their interest in investigative reporting and/or any specialized or topical area of reporting that they wish to strengthen -- such as business, environmental, health and science;
  • Outline what technical skills they want to improve, if any -- such as data visualization or customizing content for smart phones;
  • Propose a project that they wish to develop during the program. This might or might not include a reporting project.
  • Applicants must demonstrate enough proficiency in the English language to function and work in an English language environment.

Applications for this program will open again in the summer of 2019.