Monday, March 16, 2009

Entry-level arts & culture journalism fellowship

Entry-level journalists interested in arts and culture journalism should consider applying for a new paid fellowship. The 8-month part-time positions, which can be done via telecommuting, will give two journalists the chance to write stories for magazines such as Mother Jones, ColorLines and WireTap.

"This part-time fellowship will run from May 15 to December 15, 2009," the ad states. "Each fellow will receive a $10,000 stipend as well as consistent mentorship and editorial support. Fellows are expected to work 2-3 full, workdays each week (about 20 hours), produce at least one monthly feature (written, podcast, video or photo slide show), one interview and four blog posts per month. Fellows will also attend a four-day journalism 'boot camp' (all expenses paid) at the end of May in San Francisco or New York City. This training period will also provide an opportunity to meet the editors, as well as Arts and Culture Advisory Board members representing a broad range of artists."

By May 1, send resume, three references, three work samples and a 500-word statement on why this fellowship would be of value to you to: Attn: Arts and Culture Fellowship, WireTap Magazine, 222 Sutter Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94108. Or e-mail:

Location: San Francisco, California

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Stanford U. writing fellowship

Stanford University is offering one $75,000 residential fellowship for the 2009-2010 academic year to "a practitioner who is also a writer, scholar, or critic pursuing a research project in the arts. This fellow will participate in a pilot fellowship program bringing together the humanities and arts in a research and creative environment on the Stanford campus."

Applicants must demonstrate professional accomplishment and must have a relevant terminal degree (usually MFA or PhD). The application deadline is December 1.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Worcester Magazine seeks freelancers

Worcester Magazine, a weekly alternative newspaper serving the Worcester area, is looking for freelance journalists:
  • Arts writers to cover the thriving local art scene. Pay is $50 for 500 words.
  • Music writers for short, local music tidbits.Pay is $25 for 200 words.
Telecommuting is OK. Email two clips to, if you're interested.

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Minneapolis Star Tribune seeks freelance dance critic

The Minneapolis Star Tribune is seeking a freelance dance critic. Coverage includes about modern, ballet, jazz, ethnic and dance/theater. Articles include spotlights about future events, profiles and features as well as reviews of selected dance performances. Emphasis is on Twin Cities dance, but we also cover touring shows from the U.S. and abroad. The job pays per-story.

On a personal note, some of my journalism students have written articles for this paper, and they're great to work with. The editors are very courteous and provide excellent feedback and guidance, plus the newspaper pays well.

-Mark Grabowski

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

3-week arts journalism fellowship

The USC Annenberg School for Communication and The Getty Foundation are offering a three-week arts journalism fellowship in November 2008. Six to seven arts journalists will be selected.

“Based in Los Angeles, the fellowship is a total immersion experience that includes attending as many as 23 performances, art exhibitions and architectural sites,” the announcement states. “Participants will visit private studios, rehearsal rooms, architectural firms and art schools providing many behind-the-scene opportunities to meet renowned artists, arts administrators and accomplished journalists face-to-face.”

The international program, now in its 7th year, is available for mid-career arts editors, critics and reporters from print, radio, television and online who cover the performing and visual arts, architecture, literature, entertainment and pop culture. They can be generalists or specialists. Staff writers, editors and freelancers and self-employed Web journalists alike are welcome to apply.

The program covers most expenses, including: roundtrip travel to and from Los Angeles, hotel, most meals, reading materials, Internet access in your hotel room and transportation within Los Angeles.The application must be postmarked by June 16.

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