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Post-Graduate Fellowship in Community Journalism

Application Deadline: July 22, 2014

I – Program Overview
Raven Radio’s post-graduate fellowship is a 30-week program intended to bridge the period between the completion of a journalism student’s education and the beginning of his or her career.
The Fellowship offers a recent graduate the opportunity to…
— Gain substantial expertise in a professional newsroom.
— Refine live broadcast and production skills.
— Experiment with and develop multi-media production skills.
— Explore complex news issues in a diverse community, region, and state.
— Write, edit, and produce sound-rich, in-depth stories for local, state, and national distribution.
— Establish professional connections to NPR, the Alaska Public Radio Network, National Native News, and other affiliates.

The Fellowship is modeled on Raven Radio’s summer internship program for journalism graduate students. Both programs take talented students from a demanding academic culture, drop them into a fertile news environment, and add mentoring and structure (deadlines!). The internship program is now in its second decade; seven of the last eight interns have all won state broadcasting awards. KCAW’s 2012 intern, Rachel Waldholz, won for this piece about the Tenakee Bath House.

We subsequently hired Rachel as our full-time reporter in January of this year.

Emily Forman delivers the evening news. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

Emily Forman delivers the evening news. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

While the KCAW internship is about training, the Fellowship is about opportunity. Our 2013-14 Fellow, Emily Forman, produced this story about airport safety for NPR’s Morning Edition:

You can see more of Emily’s work here.

To learn more about the KCAW Fellowship directly from Emily, you can email her at emilylforman-at-gmail.com.

Our 2012-2013 Fellow, Anne Brice, also produced this spot for NPR News.

You can see more of Anne’s work here.

And you can email her at briceanne-at-gmail.com.

The Fellowship benefits more than just the successful applicant. The benefits to KCAW and to the community of Sitka are substantial. The Fellow contributes to…
— Expanded news coverage in the fall-winter-spring months.
A broader variety of stories, many of them more in-depth than typical daily news stories.
— A diversity of voices providing the news.
— An expanded website, and multi-media features that tell our stories in new, engaging ways
— More live coverage of community-based issues (public forums, town hall meetings, Tribal council, etc.)
— Improved coverage of our remote listening communities.
— Greater flexibility to work with NPR West on repackaging local and regional stories for national newscasts (See an example at http://www.npr.org/2013/03/14/174222954/as-his-home-melts-away-teenager-sues-alaska).

— An overall higher level of reporting due to the expanded network of news sources and relationships that the Fellow develops over time.

II – Criteria
A candidate for the Raven Radio Post-Graduate Fellowship has completed an undergraduate or graduate degree program in Journalism or a related field of study, and has acquired competency in news writing and broadcast journalism (or multi-media production) at the academic level. Someone with an M.A. in Journalism from UC Berkeley or Columbia looking to create a professional portfolio and to establish contacts within public broadcasting is a candidate; a college graduate with no prior experience who may be thinking about going into journalism is not. On the other hand, an established print reporter hoping to transition into broadcast would be considered for the Fellowship.

III – Work expectations
The Raven Radio Post-Graduate Fellow, after an initial training period, becomes our colleague in the news department. We work a 40-hour week, often in the evenings and sometimes in the early morning. We share news hosting duties on four 12-minute newscast each weekday. We file stories as often as we can, and post to our regional FTP site, the KCAW website, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. The Fellow – like all members of the news department – observes the ethical standards of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). In a small community like Sitka, protecting the station’s reputation for objective, open-handed reporting is paramount.

IV – Stipend, Duration, and Lodging
The Fellow will receive a stipend of $4,500 for a thirty-week period:
— Mon Sep 22, 2014 – Fri Dec 12, 2014, 12 weeks
— Mon Jan 12, 2015 – Fri May 15, 2015, 18 weeks

The mid-winter break is optional. The Fellow may work any 30-weeks between the approximate start and end dates.

The Fellow will be covered by the station’s workman’s compensation policy, but no other insurance benefit is provided. The stipend is paid only for weeks worked – there is no paid leave.

Raven Radio will provide the Fellow with housing.

Raven Radio will provide airfare, housing, and per diem for the Fellow to attend the annual meeting of the Alaska Press Club in April 2015.

V – Transportation
Sitka is located on Baranof Island in Southeast Alaska, about 2 hours by air from Seattle. There is no road access. Alaska Airlines offers several flights a day, and there is regular ferry service aboard the Alaska Marine Highway. Although a personal car is not necessary for the Fellowship, the least expensive way to bring one to Sitka is to drive it to Prince Rupert, BC, and board an Alaska Marine Highway vessel there.

VI – Application deadline
Applicants must submit a letter of interest, resume with references, and audio samples by Tuesday July 22, 2014. E-mail submissions are welcomed. Submit applications to:

Robert Woolsey, News Director
KCAW-FM Raven Radio
2B Lincoln Street, Ste. B
Sitka Alaska 99835
robert@kcaw.org
907 747-5879

Steve Will.

Steve Will.

The Raven Radio Post-Graduate Fellowship in Community Journalism was created to honor the memory of Steve Will. Steve worked in different capacities at Raven Radio over a period of about twenty-five years. Like many of us who have made careers in public broadcasting, he began as volunteer and, the story goes, he wasn’t all that good at first. Steve finally did find his groove in the news department, eventually becoming its director. His years in that job were marked by a major labor dispute at the town’s largest employer, the Alaska Pulp Corporation mill, and then the eventual shutdown of the mill itself. Despite the deep divisions in the community Steve’s reporting is still remembered as honest, even, and compelling. He went on to win one of the most prestigious national awards in broadcasting – the Ohio State – for a series he produced during that period on the sexual abuse of minors. Steve later was detailed voluntarily to serve as a regional reporter, in an experiment that shaped the present-day CoastAlaska Network. He left broadcasting for a while to write for the Daily Sitka Sentinel, but returned in 2006 as Raven Radio’s program director. Steve’s death in a bike accident in 2007 in no way canonized him. His reputation as committed journalist and passionate advocate for community broadcasting was well-established, well-deserved, and well-earned.

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