What are the eligibility requirements to apply for this fellowship?
Individuals must be nominated by an organization in the MediaJustice Network. Other criteria includes:
- Commitment to attend all dates and work on a project as outlined in the overview;
- Demonstrated investment in BIPOC and working class communities;
- Clarity on how the fellowship will benefit the nominating organization and individual.
How does the nomination system work?
Applications require a letter of nomination. The letter should address why the organization chose to nominate this individual, outlining the individual’s relationship to the organization, their demonstrated leadership, and what the organization believes the applicant will be able to contribute to the organization and movement at large if selected.
How do I apply?
Applications will be accepted online via Submittable. Applications are due August 12, 2021.
Is this a paid fellowship?
This is a paid fellowship. Each Fellow will receive a stipend of $2,000. All costs related to travel will be covered by MediaJustice.
Who is the ideal candidate for this fellowship?
We are seeking individuals who are newer to the media justice movement as a whole and have a commitment to structural change. Organizations in the MediaJustice Network should nominate an individual who has the greatest potential to grow and give to their community. This fellowship is for individuals who would like to level-up existing skills and develop new ones, receive mentorship and a peer community towards a deepened analysis and knowledge of media and digital justice movements, and who have an investment in building power on local, regional, national and/or global levels.
Who is this fellowship not for?
This fellowship is not for those who are already established in the field of media/digital justice or who have more than five years of full-time experience in the field.
What does participation in the fellowship program look like? What is required for me to participate in the fellowship?
The Fellowship takes place over a course of 8 months through remote and in-person cluster programming. A strong internet connection and access to a computer will be required. If this poses any concerns, applicants are encouraged to speak with their nominating organization. In addition, fellows must attend all cluster dates:
Nov 2nd – 4th, 2021 12pm – 5pm EST (virtually)
Feb 1st – 3rd, 2022 12pm – 5pm EST (virtually)
April 5th – 7th, 2022 12pm – 5pm EST (virtually)
June 30th – July 3rd 2022, AMC Conference (in-person in Detroit, MI; with virtual attendance option)
All travel and accommodations will be provided for in-person gatherings.
How are you being safe about COVID-19?
Our team is committed to the safety and well being of every participant. In addition to taking safety precautions seriously, we will work with fellows to address any specific questions or concerns for the projected in-person gathering in 2022 at the AMC conference. Attending virtually is absolutely an option. Please reach out if you have questions or access needs that we can support.
Can you say more about accessibility?
Please note our trainings will be in English and requires a working knowledge of English. Language access and accessibility are key components of ensuring all members of our communities can participate fully with us. If you have access needs we should know about, there is a question on the application asking about this; please answer this question in your application and we will do our best to support your attendance and participation. (This includes language access, childcare needs etc.)
What’s the time commitment?
Fellows are expected to:
- Attend all cohort cluster sessions (dates above);
- Attend monthly mentor meetings March – June (1 hour/ month);
- Work on a media justice project, with support, feedback, and scheduled milestones (timing will vary);
- Actively participate in building the community of the cohort and in the larger MediaJustice learning community (~1-2 hours/ month)
What type of project is expected?
We want your project to utilize the knowledge you’ve acquired through the political education and skill-building components of the fellowship. The project can be the beginning of something larger, relevant to the work of the fellow’s sponsoring organization. Questions that fellows will be encouraged to ask themselves include:
- What information or knowledge do I want to share with my community?
- What kind of skills do I want to practice?
- How will I get feedback from my community?
- How does this contribute to long-term power-building?
What are some examples of projects Fellows might work on?
Fellows may propose a wide variety of projects aimed at building power and sharing a media justice analysis of issues related to the digital divide, disinformation, and surveillance. This might look like:
- Organizing a direct action;
- Launching a digital organizing campaign;
- Writing a blog post or series of blog posts;
- Creating a short video;
- Creating a digital zine;
- Facilitating community workshop(s);
- Developing a public art installation.
- Creating a radio piece or podcast production.
Fellows will be introduced to and encouraged to draw from a transformative media organizing approach for their projects.
What is ‘Transformative Media Organizing’?
Transformative media organizing is a liberatory approach to integrating media, communications, and cultural work into movement building. It lies at the place where media justice and transformative organizing overlap. Transformative media organizers begin with an intersectional analysis of linked systems of race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and other axes of identity. We seek to do media work that develops the critical consciousness and leadership of those who take part in the media-making process; create media in ways that are deeply accountable to the movement base; invite our communities to participate in media production; create media strategically across platforms, and root our work in community action. (This is from: http://transformativemedia.cc/the-project/tmo101/ )
How will you review and select applicants?
Applications will be reviewed by a set of MediaJustice staff, followed by a set of MediaJustice Network Anchor members. We seek to prioritize a cohort that is geographically diverse, sector-diverse, and that uplifts the leadership of directly impacted, historically marginalized communities.
What if I have a question that isn’t addressed here?
You can email us at: [email protected]