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Apply By March 1 For Spotlight Investigative Journalism Fellowship

LOS ANGELES (February 6, 2017) – To support the legacy and vital work of investigative journalists everywhere, Participant Media ­­– in partnership with The Boston Globe, Open Road Films, and First Look Media ­– is sponsoring, for the second year, the Spotlight Investigative Journalism Fellowship.

The fellowship was inspired by The Boston Globe Spotlight Team’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church as portrayed in the Oscar® winning film Spotlight.

Participant seeks opportunities for real-world impact and awareness around the most pressing global issues of our time. With the prevalence of “fake news,” the need for in-depth investigative reporting is critical.

The $100,000 fellowship will be awarded to an individual or team of journalists to work on an in-depth research and reporting project in collaboration with a member of the Globe’s Spotlight team.

The fellowship is available to journalists with a substantive body of work published in major media outlets. Project proposals should have a U.S. domestic focus and be of public interest. Particular consideration will be given to proposals that investigate serious wrongdoings and abuse of power in the public or private sectors. As part of the fellowship, which will begin in summer 2017, the fellow(s) will collaborate with an investigative journalist from The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team and will receive support and guidance from the Globe’s editorial team. The selected fellow(s) can work in residence at The Boston Globe or can work remotely as a nonresident fellow. If currently employed at a news outlet, the fellow(s) can continue to work at their current outlet while collaborating with The Boston Globe on the research and publication of the fellowship project.

Kelly Carr and Jaimi Dowdell are the 2016 fellowship recipients. Dowdell is the senior trainer for Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), teaching journalists around the world the art of computer-assisted reporting. Carr, a freelance journalist, was part of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) team that wrote the influential “Lux Leaks” reports in 2014, showing how powerful companies cut secret deals to save billions in taxes.
Carr and Dowdell’s winning proposal was selected by a judging committee out of a competitive field of over 80 submissions from journalists all over the country, including many who have worked for major media organizations.

The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2017 . Visit www.spotlightfellowship.com to apply.