Washington Post offering UK journalist three months work and the chance to travel around US

The Washington Post is offering a UK journalist the chance to work at the US daily for three months and then spend a month travelling around the US.

Previous journalists to take up the Laurence Stern Fellowship include: Cathy Newman, David Leigh and James Naughtie.

The deadline is 20 March, full details here:

Journalists are invited to apply for the 36th Laurence Stern Fellowship.  The winner will be chosen by a senior editor from the Washington Post to work as a reporter on the paper’s National Desk in Washington for three months this summer and the option to travel for another month.  He or she will be paid a salary by the Post, and the air fare, together with a modest sum for travel in the US, will be provided by the Fellowship.

The first fellows were: David Leigh, James Naughtie, Penny Chorlton, Ian Black, Mary Ann Sieghart, Lionel Barber, Ewen MacAskill, Sarah Helm, Edward Vulliamy, Adela Gooch, Keith Kendrick, Liz Hunt, Jonathan Freedland, Ian Katz, Rebecca Fowler, Sarah Neville, Gary Younge, Audrey Gillan, Caroline Daniel, Will Woodward, Cathy Newman, Glenda Cooper, Helen Rumbelow, Tania Branigan, Mary Fitzgerald, Sam Coates, Anushka Asthana, Paul Lewis, Holly Watt, Alexi Mostrous, Michael Savage, joint winners, Shyamantha Asokan and Alice Fordham, James Ball, Billy Kenber and Sebastian Payne.

Applications will be considered from any journalists, whether they work in print, radio, television or the web, in London or elsewhere in Britain.  Though no one will be barred on grounds of age, the intention is to appoint a young journalist who has two or three years of experience of important national stories and has substantial cuttings of such stories: the successful candidate must be capable of making himself or herself useful to the Post’s National Desk. Broadcast journalists need to have enough print experience to convince the panel of their ability to perform in a demanding print newsroom.

Applicants should write, explaining why they are right for this opportunity, attaching a CV, TWO REFERENCES, at least one from a present or former editor or producer, and no more than THREE RECENT SAMPLES of their work. Television or radio journalists may submit scripts or cite examples of their recent achievements.  Candidates must obtain their references and submit them with their application.

Candidates to be interviewed will be chosen by a panel of the sponsors soon after the closing date.  Those shortlisted will be interviewed at City University in London on Thursday April 16. The fellowship will start in July 2015.

The application should be sent, on paper only, not by email, to:-

Rosie Waterhouse

Laurence Stern Fellowship

Department of Journalism

City University

Northampton Square

LONDON EC1V OHB

APPLICATIONS MUST BE IN BY 4 pm on Friday 20 March 2015

Queries by email only please: rosiew@city.ac.uk

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