Application for 2020-2021 Leonard C. Goodman Institute Investigative Reporting Fellowship
Applications are due February 10.

You are encouraged to contact Jessica Stites at jessica@inthesetimes.com for feedback on your topic idea before you apply.

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Brief bio, highlighting any investigative work [500 chars] *
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TOPIC
(Previous examples: the wage gap faced by black women in the U.S.; fossil-fuel industry efforts to undermine the climate movement; corporate influence on the 2020 election)
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BACKGROUND: Briefly give any context we need to understand your topic. Include at least 3 examples of the most significant recent reporting on this topic in any outlet. Explain how you would fill a gap in this reporting or uncover something new. [5000 characters] *
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INVESTIGATIVE SOURCES: Through what avenues will you gather original, hidden information on this topic? Examples: FOIAs, inside sources/whistleblowers, data analysis, attending insider conferences/events, historical archives. Be as specific as possible. (e.g., what documents will you FOIA, and why do you expect the request to be fulfilled? how will you cultivate inside sources? what data sets will you look at?) [10,000 chars] *
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POTENTIAL FINDINGS / STORIES: Give 2-5 examples of the type of major, headline-worthy findings that you might uncover, and describe how you would build them into articles. It's okay to be speculative. [500 chars] *
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IMPACT: Note how your findings could have a real-world impact - on policy, legislation, advocacy, etc. [500 chars]
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YOUR RELATED WORK: Provide links to past reporting you’ve done in this area. [250 chars]
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CONFLICTS OF INTEREST: Do you have any potential conflicts of interest in this area—previous employment, advocacy work, etc.? If in doubt, please disclose. [500 chars]
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WHY IN THESE TIMES?: What about In These Times’ mission and independence will allow you to report on this topic in a way that you could not for another outlet? [500 chars]
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EXCLUSIVITY: Can you grant In These Times first right of refusal on stories in this topic area? [250 chars] *
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Final questions
TIME COMMITMENTS: Please describe your other work commitments during the fellowship period, including freelance arrangements with other outlets. Be detailed about your weekly schedule and what hours you could set aside for this fellowship. [1,000 chars] *
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Please tell us anything you wish to share about how your personal background may help bring diversity to the field of investigative reporting.
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Resume (Please paste your work history here) *
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