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Apply for a special fellowship in justice investigative reporting

Applications are now being accepted from working journalists, editors and columnists to apply for special fellowships in justice investigative reporting. Up to five fellowships will be available to experienced working reporters to train or assist them in developing projects that apply the “Sentinel Events” technique now used in pilot projects around the country by justice professionals to identify and explore wrongful convictions, police shootings and similar tragedies whose roots often lie in systemic flaws.

The Fellowships will provide travel and accommodation in New York City to participate in the 15th annual John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America on February 20-Feb 21, 2020 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, as well as special training during and after the conference..
The fellowships are co-sponsored by the Center on Media, Crime and Justice (CMCJ) at John Jay College and the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. The fellowship carries a small stipend
Journalists can also apply simultaneously for general reporting fellowships to participate in the symposium, which provide travel and accommodation to New York (but no stipend). Preference will be given to journalists with a body of work or projects underway that involves investigating police misconduct, wrongful convictions etc.
The two-day on the record symposium will introduce journalists to the key players, best practices, and innovative ideas in the growing movement to “reimagine” U.S. corrections, from our overcrowded prisons and jails to our flawed community supervision system. While prison reform is the main focus of next year’s conference, journalists interested in other justice areas will also be considered for the general reporting awards.

More than 1,500 reporters and editors have participated since 2005 in our series of competitive fellowships, designed to brief print, online and broadcast journalists on emerging areas of criminal justice. Fellows are selected on the basis of applications that demonstrate how their work in progress or a proposed project will benefit from their participation in the symposium. The Fellowships are granted in two areas: general and analytical writing, and entrepreneurial/investigative reporting. For more details, the criteria for acceptance, and instructions on how to apply, please v

Deadline: 11:59 P.M. ET December 16, 2019
Fellowships will be announced in January 2020
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