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New Washington Post Fellowship Includes Full Tuition, Stipend

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The School of Communication at American University has entered a new and exclusive partnership with the The Washington Post for a named Fellowship.  

This unique opportunity offers the Fellow full tuition, plus a $30,000 yearly stipend and the chance to work side-by-side with top journalists at The Washington Post, one of the world’s leading news organizations.  

This is the only such fellowship with The Washington Post in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Applications will be considered through May 30, 2011, or until the best candidate is selected. Coursework begins August 1, 2011.  

This opportunity is only available to those with several years of professional experience and who become enrolled in the SOC weekday graduate journalism program. 

During the academic year, Washington Post/SOC Fellows will work 15-20 hours a week at The Washington Post while pursuing an advanced degree in an 11-month program. Fellows work full time at the Post over the summer.  

Fellows can also take advantage of SOC’s innovative centers for new forms of journalism such as, J-Lab, the Investigative Reporting Workshop, and the Center for Social Media, as well as the university’s deep intellectual and educational resources.  

Journalism Division Director Jill Olmsted predicts a highly competitive application process. 

“This is an outstanding opportunity for a journalist who has a few years of experience and has already shown talent and grit to work for one of the world’s premier news organizations,” said Olmsted. “It would be perfect for someone in an early-career building stage who also wants to earn an advanced degree, perhaps in a specialized area.”  

Experience and interest in topic areas such as religion, transportation, education, law enforcement or government is a plus. The Fellow will be a part of the Post's local staff of 60 reporters, the region's dominant news-gathering organization, in print and online. Post reporters cover government, politics, crime, social issues, transportation, development and education; they write feature and trend stories; they investigate major local institutions, and they blog, shoot video, chat online and work intensively with databases.  

The Fellowship is limited to U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a minimum of two-to-five years full-time professional journalism experience who hold an undergraduate degree. Applicants may include general assignment reporters, editors, Web producers, and full-time freelancers. It is aimed at outstanding journalists committed to a career in professional journalism.  

Applicants must submit an application form, cover letter, resume, references, three work samples and a completed application packet to SOC’s full-time MA program in Journalism and Public Affairs. A GRE waiver may be possible for qualified applicants. Applications will be considered through May 30, 2011, or until the best candidate is selected. Coursework begins August 1, 2011. More fellowship information and application materials.