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.”
The selected writers will work on personal essays, cultural reportage and criticism. Participants will “be expected to pitch, report, and write with the added benefit of panel discussions with editors and writers from throughout the industry, and assigned readings.” Examples of work completed by the 2016 fellowship group can be found here.
The successful fellows will start work in these full-time fellowship positions in the first week of January 2017 and all applicants must be authorised to work in the United States.
To apply each writer must supply a resume, five writing examples, a statement of purpose and three letters of recommendation. Applications close on 1 October 2016. For full details visit the BuzzFeed site.