New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute is accepting applications for “The Reporting Award,” which supports a work of journalism in any medium on significant underreported subjects of public interest.
The Carter Institute initiated the award in 2009 to encourage enterprising journalism at a time when staff and budget cuts have diminished the capacity of the media to support such projects. The inaugural recipient of the award was Sarah Stillman, a freelance journalist who traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan to investigate the difficulties experienced by many civilian workers on U.S. military bases.
A committee of Carter Institute faculty will select one recipient based on an application due January 15, 2011. The recipient will be announced on or around March 1, 2011, with the project completion deadline set for October 1, 2011. Details and the online application form are available here. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212.998.7887.
The award includes a stipend of $2,500 upon selection as the competition winner and an additional $10,000 upon timely completion and submission of the work, provided the Institute’s awards committee judges the work acceptable. The winner will also have use of the Institute’s facilities as well as NYU’s libraries and other scholarly resources. In addition, the program will fund up to $6,000 of NYU journalism graduate student assistance. The Institute will publish the completed work either alone or in partnership with another media outlet.
The Reporting Award is one of many Carter Journalism Institute initiatives to expand the journalistic enterprise. This fall, the Institute unveiled The Local East Village, a collaborative publication of the Institute and The New York Times covering news in the East Village community of Manhattan. Last year, it launched two new graduate programs: “Literary Reportage,” which blends journalism’s emphasis on rigorous reporting and research with traditional academic disciplines in teaching long-form nonfiction, and “Studio 20,” in which students work in partnership with established media outlets to develop innovative video, audio, and experimental web-based journalism intended for a live public beyond campus. The Institute has eight additional graduate programs: Science, Health and Environmental Reporting, Cultural Reporting and Criticism, Business and Economic Reporting, Global and Joint Program Studies, Reporting New York, Reporting the Nation, News and Documentary and Magazine Writing. The Institute also has a number of joint masters degree programs with other NYU departments and offers an undergraduate major in journalism.
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