Uprising Fellowship (JM)

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Just Media is a new, national hub for storytelling and reporting on justice issues. While we prepare for full launch, we have some support for the rapid response Uprising Fellowship. The fellowship will support emerging writers, 18-24, to report on policing or justice reform politics. They'll get training, support publishing with a partner outlet, and a small stipend. 

Before 2020, justice reform issues had already been gaining momentum across the country—thanks to growing grassroots movements and a young, diverse electorate.

Now, they’re center stage. It’s critical that we get the story right. 

As we launch Just Media, we’re hosting the rapid-response Uprising Fellowship for emerging writers. The fellowship, which runs through September, will offer financial and editorial support to publish writing in response to the following question: 

How is the current uprising shifting the politics of policing and justice reform in your area? 

To apply:

Complete the brief form on this page. We’ll be accepting applications on a rolling basis as funds and support are available. 

Who’s eligible:

The fellowship is open to emerging writers, ages 18-24, with a relationship to communities impacted by prison and policing issues. Young writers of color and those with firsthand experience with the criminal legal system are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Supported coverage: In this moment, we’re looking to understand how the uprising is shifting local politics—whether that’s electoral races, policy, public opinion, or grassroots organizing.  While pieces can involve first-person narrative or opinion, they should have at least some direct reporting.

Fellowship benefits: Fellows will receive a $250 stipend and editorial support to publish a piece on this topic at a local or national publication. This stipend will be in addition to any fee offered by the host publication. They’ll also have opportunities to connect with professional mentors and build community as a cohort.

Questions? Email uprising@justmediaproject.org. We encourage folks to get in touch even if you don’t think you meet the guidelines above; we may still be able to connect you with relevant resources or opportunities. 


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