Opportunities for Digital Journalists and Social Media Mavens

digital fellowshipLooking to hone your digital or social media skills? A slew of fellowships, scholarships, and internships with upcoming application deadlines offer an opportunity to do just that. Here’s a look at opportunities offered by ProPublica, Google, and more, listed according to application deadline:

ProPublica News Apps Fellowship: If you’re a savvy journalist who’s curious about developing news apps, then this could be the fellowship for you. The New York-based fellowship runs through the end of the year with the goal of answering the following question: “Can a smart, technical journalist with excellent and proven skills in other nerdy newsroom disciplines like graphics and CAR become a news app developer?” Coding skills are helpful but not required.
Application deadline: January 20, 2012

New York Times Social Media Internship: The Gray Lady is recruiting a social media intern for the spring semester to assist with social journalism projects and on the paper’s social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. According the Times’ website, “Candidates should understand the journalistic opportunities presented by social media … You should also have an excellent eye for detail and great news instincts.” Graduate students are preferred.
Application deadline: January 20, 2012

AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship: Open to college undergrads or grad students with a minimum 3.0 GPA, the AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship will provide $20,000 scholarships to six students who are “pursuing or planning to pursue degrees at the intersection of journalism, computer science and new media.” The goal of the scholarship program, which is administered by the Online News Assocation, is to foster innovation and build the skills of digital-minded journalists and article writers who will ultimately become industry leaders.
Application deadline: January 27, 2012

The Nieman-Berkman Fellowship in Journalism Innovation: This year-long fellowship is a collaboration between two Harvard programs: The Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism. Applications are asked to submit a proposal outlining “specific course of study or project relating to journalism innovation.” The Niemen-Berkman Fellow will receive a $60,000 stipend over ten months, plus additional allowances for housing, childcare, and health insurance.
Application deadline: February 15, 2012

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About Susan Johnston

Susan Johnston is a Boston-based freelance writer whose work appears in Bankrate.com, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, MediaBistro.com, Parade Magazine, and SELF, among other places. She is the author of The Urban Muse Guide to Online Writing Markets and blogs at The Urban Muse.