Popular news and entertainment website BuzzFeed is accepting applications for its second annual fellowship program for emerging writers. The selected writers will each receive a $12,000 stipend and spend four months working with the senior editorial staff of BuzzFeed News in either Los Angeles or New York City.
The program is designed to open the gates to writers traditionally locked out of opportunities in the media. When launching the inaugural program in 2015 BuzzFeed’s Executive Editor of Culture Saeed Jones explained “when we expect young writers to get experience via unpaid internships, we’re actually saying we want only wealthy people writing about American culture in an influential way. That’s what we get, right? Or rather, that’s what we’ve gotten used to accepting as normal when in fact, it’s a kind of fiction. Diversity is reality. So, in order to do my part to support being in step with reality, I’m really excited about creating an opportunity for emerging writers to get experience and mentorship while also receiving financial support.”