DEADLINE: UC Berkeley-11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship

Event Date: 
March 15, 2021

The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism offers ten $10,000 postgraduate Food and Farming Journalism Fellowships in a program established by Michael Pollan, the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley and Malia Wollan, the fellowship's director. Aimed at early and mid career journalists, the fellowship presents an opportunity to report ambitious long form print and audio stories on the full range of subjects under the rubric of food systems: agricultural and nutritional policy, the food industry, food science, technology and culture, rural and urban farming, agriculture and the environment, food and climate change, global trade and supply chains, consolidation and securitization of the food system and public health as it relates to food and farming.

The fellowship is open to print and audio journalists. We will give preference to U.S. focused stories, but will also consider international stories with a strong U.S. angle or connection.

Online applications are due March 15, 2021, and should include a one-page pitch with a clearly defined story idea, not just a subject. The pitch should reflect some preliminary reporting, providing a clear sense of place, characters, and narrative. The application also requires a resume, two letters of recommendation and published clips.

Advisory to 2021 Fellowship Applicants: Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are primarily interested in projects that can be completed without extensive travel. Please do not submit a story proposal unless you are confident your reporting can be completed without risking your safety or the safety of others. Please address these concerns in your pitch proposal.

Those interested in applying will need to be available for a week long workshop in June 2021 at UC Berkeley with the 2021 cohort of fellows. Please note, the June session may be moved online and done virtually in 2021 depending on evolving Covid-19 situation.



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