Neighborhood News Service offering fellowship

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service is seeking graduate student applicants for a Public Policy Forum fellowship in the Fall and Spring semester (2017–2018). The Public Policy Forum is an established and well regarded nonprofit organization that conducts impartial research on public policy issues in southeastern Wisconsin. The yearlong fellowship pays a stipend of $5,000. (Please note student currently on a graduate assistantship for next year are not eligible for this program).

Fellows serve on the NNS staff, producing text stories, photographs and multimedia pieces on public policy issues. They are expected to work 12–15 hours per week, including attending weekly meetings at the Public Policy Forum and NNS. Fellows may be able to tie the experience to their coursework. The NNS office is located in Johnston Hall in the Diederich College of Comm.

Wyatt Massey, a recent Fellow, described his experience:

“NNS taught me to be vigilant in asking who — who is represented in news coverage, who is affected and who is not being heard. I learned to seek the people whose stories too often go unnoticed. I saw firsthand the value of bringing a variety of voices to the public conversation.”

Rick Brown reflected on his experience:

“As I entered the graduate program at Diederich, I knew that I was excited to have the opportunity to join NNS. What I did not know was how profound an impact the Public Policy Forum Fellowship would have on my graduate experience. The fellowship gave me the chance to work with industry veterans and policy analysts to examine critical issues, sharpening my skills as a writer with data-driven and multimedia reporting. That professional experience deeply accentuated my studies and led directly to my thesis.”

Applicants should email NNS Editor Sharon McGowan ( by May 30. Please include a short explanation of why you are interested in the fellowship, and attach a current resume.