More than 2,300 students from across the globe applied for the first Google Journalism Fellowship. The interest the Fellowship attracted clearly demonstrates the need for these types of opportunities, especially as the worlds of journalism and technology increasingly become one.
The students who have been picked for the 10-week program will get the chance to work with organizations focused on exciting projects ranging from those steeped in investigative journalism to those working for press freedom around the world and to those that are helping the industry figure out its future in the digital age. They will also spend a week with the Knight Foundation and a week with Google.
We had so many applications—on the last day they poured in at a rate of roughly one every two minutes—that we extended our review period by a week to make selections. Our host organizations had the unenviable task of choosing just one Fellow out of the mass of talented students who applied; the Nieman Journalism Lab is taking two Fellows.
The Fellows who will take part in the program are:
- Center for Investigative Reporting - Nathaniel Lash of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Committee to Protect Journalists - Lauren Fedor of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
- Investigative Reporters & Editors - Nicole Pasulka of New York University
- Nieman Journalism Lab - Sarah Darville of Columbia University and Linda Kinstler of Bowdoin College
- Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism - Jan Lauren Boyles of American University
- Poynter - Anna Li from Stanford University
- ProPublica - Stephen Suen of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Thank you to everyone who made the effort to apply and to the host organizations for their hard work.