Tuesday, January 27, 2009

1 week paid gig for investigative journalism website

If you're in between jobs, here's a position for you:

Texas Watchdog, a new nonpartisan website devoted to investigating waste, fraud and corruption in government, is offering paid, weeklong, telecommuting reporting assignments.

The gig pays up to $500 to spend a week writing blog posts about local government transparency and conflicts-of-interest. The reporting will focus on Texas, but you can work from anywhere.

(The organization also offers longer-term fellowships.)

As the ad explains: "Is your newspaper closing? Are you being forced into a furlough? Well, we’re a small operation and we can’t replace your salary, but we are seeking journalists to do some blogging on our site. We’re trying to spread the wealth, such as it is (and it ain’t much) by bringing on board a different furloughed or downsized reporter each week to write several posts a day for us."

E-mail a cover letter and a few samples of your work to Deputy Editor Jennifer Peebles at news@texaswatchdog.org.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Short-term investigative journalism fellowships

Texas Watchdog, a new nonpartisan website devoted to investigating waste, fraud and corruption in government, offers fellowships for those interested in learning investigative and enterprise reporting.

The three-month fellowships are open to bloggers, journalism students and interested residents. Shorter-term programs, including weekend training seminars, are available. The fellowships comes with a small monthly stipend. There are also guest speakers, from award-winning journalists who are skilled in digging to political operatives who work at hiding information from the public and are willing to tell their secrets.

"The fellows accepted into the Houston-based program will learn investigative skills by digging into Texas state and local government," organizers said. "They will produce investigative reports based on their findings, which will include both long-term projects and daily updates published on our Web site. Award-winning journalists who specialize in investigating state and local government will advise and mentor fellows."

The fellowship has a rolling application deadline, so apply at any time. For more information and to apply, send your resume and three to five writing samples to news@texaswatchdog.org.

Find more opportunities on CubReporters.org's journalism fellowships webpage.

-Mark Grabowski

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