Philadelphia magazine and the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists have announced the creation of an annual editorial fellowship aimed at fostering greater opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in pursuing a journalism career.
The fellowship, which will begin this summer, is open to current college students and those who have graduated within the past year. Applicants must meet one of two criteria: 1) be part of a group under-represented in the journalism profession, or 2) have overcome significant obstacles.
The magazine and PABJ will jointly select one fellowship recipient each summer. That recipient will be paid a stipend for 10 weeks of work in Philly Mag’s editorial department.
Applications are currently being accepted at phillymag.com/editorial-fellowship; the deadline is April 1st.
“Internships and fellowships are crucial to developing both the skills and professional networks necessary for a career in journalism,” says Tom McGrath, the magazine’s editor. “We’re extremely happy to be working with PABJ on this great initiative.”
“PABJ is proud to partner with Philadelphia magazine on this fellowship,” says Melony Roy, PABJ President. “We will continue our efforts to increase diversity in newsrooms and ensure fair representation of the Black community and look forward to continuing an open dialogue on these issues.”
“Philadelphia magazine took seriously the critique from the community and are now putting their money on the table to make necessary changes,” says Cherri Gregg, Esq., PABJ’s Immediate Past President. “We commend PM on this important effort to strengthen the pipeline of diverse young journalists.”