Applications require a letter of nomination that can be uploaded as a pdf document. 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.
Who is the ideal candidate for this fellowship?
We are seeking individuals who:
Have a demonstrated commitment to BIPOC and working class communities and a demonstrated investment in building power on local, regional, national and/or global levels;
Have articulated their specific stake in combating racialized disinformation;
Present a strong project proposal in their application;
Can commit to all dates of the fellowship and related responsibilities.
What should nominating organizations consider?
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 skillset of combating racialized disinformation.
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?
The Fellowship takes place over a course of 8 months through remote programming. The estimated time commitment is 5 – 20 hours/ month. This includes:
Four intensives that take place over 3 consecutive days; February 7th – 9th; April 11th – 13th; June 6th – 8th; September 12th – 14th.
Workshops (during the months without intensives); March 1st; May 3rd; July 12th.
Other dates as needed for pod, cohort and mentorship meetings;
Individual work on a media justice project, with support, feedback, and scheduled milestones; .and
Active presence, engagement, and follow up communication with other fellows, mentors, and MJ staff as needed
How do I apply?
Applications will be accepted online via Form Assembly here.
Is this a paid fellowship?
This is a paid fellowship. Each Fellow will receive a stipend of $5,000 contingent upon meeting all fellowship responsibilities.
Can you say more about accessibility?
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.
Our trainings will be in English and requires a working knowledge of English. We are committed to accessibility to ensure all members of our communities can participate fully with us. If you have access needs we should know about, please share those in your application and we will do our best to support your attendance and participation.
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 is the story of disinformation impacting my community?
What is the solution?
How will my community be engaged in the solution?
What are some examples of projects Fellows might work on?
Racialized disinformation is impacting communities of color in a myriad of ways – from copaganda to medical disinformation to anti-trans disinformation to election disinformation to climate change, immigrant justice and more. We will examine case studies of specific projects that tackle these issues from a community power building lens, such as this copaganda toolkit and build skills in narrative strategy to support advancement of projects. Fellows may propose a wide variety of projects aimed at building power and combating racialized disinformation. This might look like:
Creating a community research survey;
Creating media-literacy curriculum;
Creating a radio piece with community members.
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?