The state of California will fund $25 million in local reporting fellowships
The budget passed in California this week includes $25 million worth of help for local news, which will be distributed via UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism starting next year:
What is believed to be the largest state allocation ever made in California and in the U.S. to support local journalism, the new Berkeley fellowship program will award up to 40 fellows per year for at least three years with a $50,000 annual stipend to supplement their salaries while they work in California newsrooms covering communities in dire need of strong local journalism.
The fellowships will last three years. Berkeley Journalism students and graduates, and graduates of other programs elsewhere, will be able to apply for the first fellowship cohort as early as May 2023. Chancellor Carol Christ said the fellowship program reflects the campus’s values and priorities, and demonstrates the innovative leader that Berkeley Journalism has become in higher education.
When fellows are chosen, a “particular focus will be put on newsrooms that provide local coverage for underserved and historically underrepresented communities,” UC Berkeley said.
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