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Featuring: Jennifer Berry Hawes, Stephen Hobbs and Glenn Smith of the Charleston Post and Courier. The Post and Courier won the 2020 Scripps Howard Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment, the Edward Willis Scripps Award.
Their entry "It's Time for You to Die" examined a killing spree at a maximum-security prison in South Carolina that left seven inmates dead. The staff used innovative methods to report the story when state corrections officials were not forthcoming with information.
About the presenters:
- Jennifer Berry Hawes is a reporter on The Post and Courier's Watchdog and Public Service team. She worked with the team that produced "Till Death Do Us Part," which won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service. She also co-wrote "An Undying Mystery," which was a Pulitzer finalist in Feature Writing last year. Her book about the Emanuel AME Church massacre, "Grace Will Lead Us Home," was published in 2019 by St. Martin's Press.
- Stephen Hobbs is a member of The Post and Courier's investigative team. He joined in the paper in 2019. Previously, he worked at the South Florida Sun Sentinel where he shared in the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for the newspaper's coverage of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. He was also part of the team's coverage that was a Pulitzer finalist for Breaking News. Before that, he worked at the Colorado Springs Gazette.
- Glenn Smith is The Post and Courier's Watchdog and Public Service Editor, and he served on the four-person team that produced the newspaper's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation, "Till Death Do Us Part." A former South Carolina journalist of the year, he is a Connecticut native and a longtime crime reporter.
The three reporters will discuss how they got around an official blockade of information to obtain key documents and interviews with more than 100 inmates. They will also highlight what they discovered about the gangs that rule the prison and the contraband economy that empowers them.
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Apply here for the Scripps Howard Fellowship. The deadline is October 30, 2020 at the end of the day. No exceptions.
- Completed Bachelor's Degree by June 1, 2021
- No more than 5 years of professional experience in journalism
- Able to work from June 1, 2021 through May 27, 2022
- An online portfolio
- A passion for journalism and a desire to build your leadership skills
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**Note: Foreign applicants are welcome for this opportunity, however, you must be able to secure the proper credentials to work in the United States. However, the Scripps Howard Foundation will not be able to provide any assistance with this process.
The Fellowship has four tracks:
- Investigative Reporting for Video (At Scripps/Newsy)
- Data Reporting (At Scripps/Newsy)
- Newsletter Reporting (At Propublica)
- Illustrator and Visual Journalism (At ProPublica)
You will be required to select your top choice for a track and a second choice.
Investigative Reporting for Video (At Scripps/Newsy): Journalism is still about telling people something they didn’t know. Having the skills to find that information and synthesize into a compelling story is as crucial as ever. You’ll work with some of the best investigative journalists in the business to find important accountability stories. Your primary outlet will be broadcast, with a focus on visually immersive, documentary style video production and narrative storytelling like what is found in this piece and this one.
Data Reporting (At Scripps/Newsy): Our data team has been instrumental in bringing important investigative stories forward and spurring changes in communities and in agencies at the local, state and federal level. You’ll be part of a team that helps develop and vet story ideas and adds the power of data to all our reporting. As a key member of the data team, you’ll work with the entire newsroom in collecting, cleaning, evaluating and analyzing data – as well as turning that data into stories -- and get practice using tools like QGIS, Google Earth, and Excel, and programming languages like R, Python, and SQL. You will also learn how to factcheck and bullet proof our data to ensure accuracy.
Newsletter Reporting (At ProPublica): ProPublica’s award-winning newsletter program has brought readers deeper into our journalism through original reporting and illuminating writing. In this role, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with investigative reporters to explain and contextualize findings, as well as doing reporting – and plenty of writing – of your own. We're looking for someone with a journalism background and an interest in email newsletters.
Illustrator and Visual Journalism (At ProPublica): Illustration is a crucial part of ProPublica’s storytelling, representing stories on invisible, complex systems [propublica.org], subjects with protected identities [propublica.org], and circumstances outside of the reach of photography [features.propublica.org]. You’ll be collaborating directly with ProPublica's art director and the editorial visuals team to create illustrations, animations, photo illustrations, and visual art to accompany our published work. Our ideal applicant is someone who has a strong interest in data and storytelling, is embarking upon a career as an illustrator/visual journalist and is hoping to create a portfolio of strong and expressive work for the future. You do not need to have a background in journalism. Applicants from fine art and interdisciplinary backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.