Each year beginning in 2017, four Fellows will receive 8 months-long training and be assigned to one of four community groups identified as being underrepresented within the larger Asian Pacific Islander American community. Fellows will learn about the communities’ histories, relationships, and evolving struggles with the purpose of empowering those communities to mobilize, and to provide them with an appropriate platform to make their voices heard. Each Fellow working with the underrepresented communities will have pages in the print edition of the International Examiner and web pages dedicated to community voices, issues, news coverage, and culture.
The four communities for 2017 are as follows: • Cambodian• Pakistani• Samoan• Thai Goals for the Fellowship program include training the Fellows in editorial, print production, website management, and writing skills required to maintain a community news operation. It also includes instilling upon the Fellows the kind of empathy and humility required for advocacy journalism through leadership training. By applying these skills while engaging underrepresented communities, the Fellows will experience first-hand the complexities of culture, politics, identity, and diversity within a community. The Fellows will need to apply their understanding of diverse communities and journalism ethics in their mission to give voice to those who often find themselves underrepresented or marginalized.
From writing opinion pieces, to engaging and interviewing a diverse array of community members to developing skills in mass communication, the Fellows will be responsible for making calls, developing strategies, and cultivating client relationships in a unique work environment with creative professionals in journalism. The Fellows in this position need to be able to work with many different kinds of people and be able to adapt to a multitude of situations.
SCHEDULE and COMPENSATION: • 10 hours per week (5 in office)• $250 per month
FELLOWS WILL LEARN AND BE EXPOSED TO: • Understanding the intricacies of producing a bi-monthly publication• Real world knowledge of working with underrepresented communities • Hands on strategizing and planning • Participating in regular staff meetings and trainings
RESPONSIBILITIES: • Researching needs, challenges and community members’ perspectives • Assisting in brainstorming and story planning • Developing Social Networks • Establishing bonds with underrepresented communities• Promoting a better understanding about and among our diverse Asian Pacific American communities
Thank you for your interest in the Fellowship Program. Please tell us a little about yourself and why you are a good candidate for the 2017-2018 program.