Center for Cooperative Media announces COVID-19 reporting fellowship for ethnic, community and immigrant media in New Jersey
As the coronavirus pandemic shows a disproportionate impact on minority populations across the country, the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University announces a reporting fellowship on COVID-19 for journalists covering New Jersey’s ethnic and immigrant communities.
The six-month fellowship program’s purpose is to support, increase and amplify narrative-driven and multimedia stories about, for and from the perspective of vulnerable communities that are often misreported, underreported or unreported at all during this public health and economic crisis.
The fellowship is supported by funding from Democracy Fund and the New Jersey Local News Lab, which is a partnership of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Democracy Fund, and Community Foundation of New Jersey.
Despite the fact that statewide news organizations are telling broad stories about what’s happening across New Jersey, there has not been enough storytelling about what’s happening in the Chinese and Korean immigrant enclaves in Bergen County, or in the Latino and African American communities in Union and Essex County, for example.
The fellowship program aims to examine how the COVID-19 pandemic is unfolding in those communities. At the same time, it hopes to break down silos and inform those who may not have the language competency or nuanced cultural understanding about what’s happening in these communities by sharing the stories produced by fellows with larger and statewide news outlets.
Over the course of the fellowship, which will run from May 1 to October 31, 2020, each fellow will be asked to produce at least two stories. Participation stipends of at least $1,500 each will be provided.
All fellowship stories will be first published or aired in each fellow’s news outlet, and will also be published by the Center and be made available for republication — with full credit — by NJ News Commons partners. Those stories that are in-language will be translated into English when necessary.
In these unprecedented times of remote news gathering and reporting, as a response to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, the fellowship project also aims to provide digital training on reporting, as well as online-based seminars and telebriefings. Those seminars will give the fellows access to experts who can update them on current state and national policies, response plans and next steps regarding COVID-19.
About the Center for Cooperative Media: The Center is a grant-funded program of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. Its mission is to grow and strengthen local journalism, and in doing so serve New Jersey residents. The Center is supported with funding from Montclair State University, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Democracy Fund, the New Jersey Local News Lab (a partnership of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Democracy Fund, and Community Foundation of New Jersey), and the Abrams Foundation. For more information, visit CenterforCooperativeMedia.org.