The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism offers ten $10,000 postgraduate Food and Farming Journalism Fellowships in a program established by Michael Pollan, the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley and Malia Wollan, the fellowship's director. Aimed at early and mid career journalists, the fellowship presents an opportunity to report ambitious long form print and audio stories on the full range of subjects under the rubric of food systems: agricultural and nutritional policy, the food industry, food science, technology and culture, rural and urban farming, agriculture and the environment, food and climate change, global trade and supply chains, consolidation and securitization of the food system and public health as it relates to food and farming.
The fellowship is open to print and audio journalists. We will give preference to U.S. focused stories, but will also consider international stories with a strong U.S. angle or connection.
Online applications are due March 15, 2021, and should include a one-page pitch with a clearly defined story idea, not just a subject. The pitch should reflect some preliminary reporting, providing a clear sense of place, characters, and narrative. The application also requires a resume, two letters of recommendation and published clips.
Advisory to 2021 Fellowship Applicants: Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are primarily interested in projects that can be completed without extensive travel. Please do not submit a story proposal unless you are confident your reporting can be completed without risking your safety or the safety of others. Please address these concerns in your pitch proposal.
Due to Covid-19, our June 2021 workshop will take place virtually via Zoom June 15-18, 2021. During the first session, fellows will refine their story pitches with the help of the editors, and develop a reporting and publishing or broadcast strategy. Reporting, writing and producing will take place between June and November. Our second workshop week will take place November 15-19, 2021. We are planning — and very much hoping!— to do that workshop in person. During the November workshop we will go over completed drafts. Editors assist fellows in placing their stories for publication or broadcast. Travel and lodging expenses for in-person workshops will be covered by the fellowship.
The fellowship is supported by a grant from The 11th Hour Project, a program of The Schmidt Family Foundation.
QUESTIONS? Contact fellowship director Malia Wollan.