In 2022, Type Investigations, previously the Investigative Fund, is accepting applications for the Ida B Wells Fellowship, which aims to encourage diversity in journalism by assisting in the creation of a pipeline of investigative reporters of color with different backgrounds, experiences, and interests.
In the spring, Type Investigations runs a competition to choose the fellows, who must publish or broadcast their results in a U.S. media outlet within a year of starting the fellowship.
The fellowship is named after Ida B. Wells, a pioneering African-American activist and investigative writer who spearheaded the nation’s first anti-lynching campaign during the Jim Crow period. Wells, who was born into slavery and orphaned at the age of 16, not only debunked preconceptions about rape and lasciviousness that led to the lynching of black men and women, but also proved that their sole “crimes” were frequently challenging white dominance via acts of resistance or success. Despite death threats, she maintained her reporting.
According to studies, having a diverse editorial team is critical for generating accessible, relevant, and actionable news for all audiences. But over 90 years after Wells’ death, women and people of color still battle for acceptability, credibility, and opportunity as investigative reporters.
Worth of Scholarship
- The Ida B Wells Fellowship, which provides a $20,000 prize and editorial supervision from a dedicated editor at Type Investigations, previously known as The Investigative Fund, helps reporters finish their first large piece of investigative reporting over the course of a year.
- Fellows will also be reimbursed for travel and other reporting expenses, as well as the costs of attending the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors conference and a one-week data reporting boot camp.
- They’ll get access to research tools, legal counsel, professional mentors, and help with story placement and exposure.
Requirements for the Ida B. Wells Fellowship
- Journalists of color, as well as any reporters who think their presence would significantly help to broaden the area of investigative reporting, are highly invited to apply.
- Entry-level and mid-career journalists are eligible for the fellowship.
- Recent journalism school graduates, journalism students, or journalism interns, as well as reporters from other professions who want to switch to investigative reporting, are all eligible to apply.
- Applicants might be independent journalists or journalists who work for a news organization.
- They’ll choose five fellows for the year 2022. This fellowship is a one-time, non-renewable educational opportunity.
- They’re seeking for journalists to cover the following stories:
- They are full of fantastic story ideas, a want to hold a strong response, and a desire to investigate.
- having a track record of producing narrative features for print or broadcast
who would like the chance to work directly with editors
- has the perseverance, attention to detail, and organizational abilities needed to execute a significant job on schedule
How to Apply for the Ida B. Wells Fellowship
Before submitting, we recommend that you go through prior investigations at typeinvestigations.org and do a comprehensive search for existing reporting pertaining to your story idea.
Please be specific about how your initiative will unearth or reveal something new and have a real-world effect.
This fellowship may be applied for online via their website.
The deadline is 2022-23. The application for the Ida B Wells Fellowship will be available until March 14, 2022.
For more information and to apply, go here.