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The Knight-Mozilla Fellowships

 

The Knight-Mozilla Fellowships

The Knight-Mozilla Fellowship places creative technologists in newsrooms to work on open-source tools and support reporting that strengthens the web and changes people’s lives.

The fellowships are paid positions and applications for the 2016 cohort are open now. The deadline to apply is August 21 at midnight EDT.

BEING A FELLOW

Knight-Mozilla Fellows spend 10 months working with newsroom technology teams to write open-source code, analyze and visualize data, and explore tough problems facing journalism. Fellows have the financial support and time they need to explore journalism code, collaborate on open-source projects, and share their work at conferences around the world. In past years, fellows have doneresearch about security and analytics and built tools for extracting data from PDFs and crowdsourcing document analysis. They build strong relationships with the other fellows in their cohort as well as a growing community of alumni.

We embed fellows with a partner news organizationthat provides space for the fellow, intriguing projects to work on, and an immersion into the culture of that newsroom. Fellows in 2016 will be placed with: Los Angeles Times Data Desk, NPR, Vox Media, Frontline, Correct!v, and The Coral Project (a collaboration between the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Mozilla). Want to join them? Apply now to become a 2016 Knight-Mozilla Fellow.

WHY WORK IN JOURNALISM?

Journalism influences the web we inhabit. Journalism shapes the web through code that was developed in newsrooms, like Django and Backbone. Journalism drives web content, stories that amuse and enrage as well as reporting that leads to meaningful changes in our communities. Journalism works at a scale that few other industries can muster–millions of readers engage with reporting every day.

The Knight-Mozilla Fellowship is a chance to be immersed in this work. Working in journalism means you do challenging work that is deeply gratifying. As advocates of the open web, we also see our work as a way to help make open technology a realistic and attractive option for newsrooms, technically and culturally.

JOINING THE FELLOWSHIP

Applications to become a 2016 Knight-Mozilla Fellow are open until August 21. This fellowship affords a chance to experiment with technology in journalism and work on projects that interest you and your host newsroom. As a fellow, you would live for 10 months in the city where your host newsroom is located and work as a member of the newsroom team.

The kinds of projects fellows work on day-to-day are chosen by the host news organization and the fellow, and have included projects focused on data, mapping, elections, and impact analysis. If you already have ideas that interest you, whether it be news games or civic data crunching, that’s great. We’re looking for people who want to experiment with technology in journalism, and fellows get plenty of room to figure out what those experiments should be.

You can learn more about the financial and timing details of the fellowship and the application process. If you don’t see your questions answered, please email us.

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