Applicants for Pulitzer Fellowship
Application Deadline: March 19, 2021
Decision: Early April
Starting: Summer 2021
The BU Center for Global Health & Development (CGHD), School of Public Health (SPH), and the College of Communication (COM) in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting are offering a paid international reporting Fellowship to two BU students. During this summer Fellowship, two outstanding BU students will have the opportunity to work in Washington, D.C., at the Pulitzer Center headquarters and to travel internationally (likely to a developing country) on a 2-3 week reporting trip mentored by a professional journalist.
Goal: There is a symbiotic relationship between journalists and health workers. In crises, health workers need journalists to communicate accurate news to the appropriate audiences and journalists need health workers to provide them with news and opportunity to learn about the issues of concern. By building a stronger collaboration between the two professions, we hope to provide more accurate reporting, and increase awareness about global health topics.
Deliverables: Students selected for this Fellowship work with the Pulitzer Center reporters and staff for 2-4 weeks in Washington, D.C. and travel to the field mentored by Pulitzer Center journalists. Fellows research and write a narrative feature article and/or create a multimedia production, and maintain a global health reporting blog.
Qualifications: Open to Boston University students in COM or SPH who have documented experience in both public health and journalism. This experience can be demonstrated through course work and instructor recommendations. Preference will be given to students who meet these criteria:
COM Student Eligibility:
- Graduate and upper-class undergraduate students from the Departments of Journalism, and Documentary Film
- Enrolled in or already completed PH510 or PH511 on the Charles River Campus or a class at SPH or demonstrated interest in/and or experience in global health or allied fields
SPH Student Eligibility:
- Current student enrolled in any SPH concentration
- Enrolled in or already completed a class in the Journalism Department or some other documented experience with reporting
- Students from other schools in the university who enroll in JO539/GH701 Global Health Storytelling class can complete both Journalism and Public Health requirements in one class
Funding Available: One student from COM and one from SPH will be selected for the summer program. Approximately $5,000 will be available per student to be used toward each Fellow’s international reporting trip to cover transportation, lodging and related hard costs, and toward living expenses in Washington, D.C.
Selection Process: Applications will be vetted by faculty from COM, SPH, and the Pulitzer Center. The student must demonstrate interest in and a working knowledge of the principals of both global health and journalism. Previous international experience will be prioritized.
This application requires:
- Brief writing samples or link(s) to published work
- 250-word statement on experience and interest in global health reporting
- 250-word statement on a story idea that might expand upon a Pulitzer Center reporting topic