FANNING FELLOWSHIP OVERVIEW The Kettering Foundation invites journalists and scholars of journalism outside the United States to spend five months working
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, Sep 25, 2009
FANNING FELLOWSHIP OVERVIEW
The Kettering Foundation invites journalists and scholars of journalism outside the United States to spend five months working with us to explore the role of the media in a democratic society and the obligations of journalists to public life. Fellows are expected to develop a research project. The foundation is particularly interested in projects that explore the following topics:
The impact of journalistic standards that create a division between experts and citizens or treat citizens as passive consumers
of information Efforts to use the media in ways that develop citizens' civic capacities and sense of agency. The role of the media in framing issues in ways that enable citizens to actively participate in making decisions together about their collective futureThese topics underscore
Kettering's primary concern with democracy and the foundation's interest in journalism only insofar as journalists might contribute to developing civic capacities of citizens.
Past projects have included everything from articles, columns, and blogs to television and radio productions and book manuscripts. Other appropriate projects will also be considered, such as research papers
that address an aspect of the question of what role should journalists play in democracy, as it applies to a fellow?s own country.
ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP As part of their fellowship, Fanning Fellows will be asked to discuss and react to a series of readings on deliberative democracy that serve as an ongoing theoretical orientation to the foundation's work. They will also attend workshops, seminars, and other meetings to learn about the foundation?s research and exchange ideas and insights based on their experiences.
Fellows will have an opportunity to visit at least two news organizations that practice a more civic form of journalism in the United States.
The Fanning Fellowship is open to citizens from countries and territories outside the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.
Selection is based on: the relevance of the proposal to the foundation?s research questions the strength of the nominee?s
- work experience and academic background (advanced degree or bachelor?s degree, or the equivalent)
- the strength of the letter of recommendation by a sponsoring organization
- fluency in written and spoken English, as determined by the sponsoring organization experience in public or civic journalism is a plus a commitment to using the experience to further explore the role of the media in democracy and to share future work with the foundation prior attendance at Kettering Foundation workshops or other deliberative experience is also helpfulExpenses and compensation are covered in full by the Kettering Foundation.
These normally include: round-trip airfare from the home country to Dayton, Ohio; salary commensurate with experience, from which fellows pay their living expenses; travel expenses
for foundation-related trips; and travel/accident insurance and medical coverage.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications should include the nominee?s
> curriculum vitae, a nomination letter from a sponsoring > organization, and a letter of intent that contains a > brief description of the proposed research and how it > relates to the work of the foundation. > > Qualified applicants will be asked to submit a more detailed project > proposal, which will be developed in collaboration > with Kettering Foundation staff. Further inquiries about the > fellowship > and the foundation?s research should > be emailed. > > Fellowships begin in February and July. Applications for > the February class of fellows are due by October 1 of the >
preceding year. Applications for the July class are