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To help develop a new generation of investigative reporters in an era of cutbacks at major news organizations, the Investigative Reporting Program at the Graduate School of Journalism established the Investigative Reporting Fellowships. These positions are designed to enable select journalists with a proven ability to tell complex stories in the public interest to pursue a story for up to one year by providing them with a salary, benefits, up to $10,000 for approved expenses, office space and editorial guidance. Read about past fellows at: https://investigativereportingprogram.com/about-irp/fellows/.

Fellows must demonstrate a record of substantial experience in investigative reporting, be it in writing, producing, or editing, and will be expected to develop their proposed project to the point of funding, broadcast, or publishing. Their responsibilities may include (but are not limited to): conducting research, managing data, writing, video or audio production, editing, fact- checking, and working collaboratively with others. Fellows will meet regularly with the IRP’s director and may participate in program workshops.

The fellowships are open to all working investigative journalists, with preference given to those with a master’s degree or equivalent in journalism from UC Berkeley or a similar program.

This is a one-year full-time academic appointment expected to begin on September 1, 2019. Fellows are expected to refrain from outside journalistic projects and to use the Berkeley offices as their base of operations during the fellowship. Occasionally, the IRP awards special project support in lieu of a fellowship in-residence.

Successful candidate will be appointed in the Associate Specialist or Specialist title. Rank and step will be determined at time of appointment based on years of prior experience and record of accomplishment.

Basic Qualifications (at time of application):

  • Master’s degree in journalism or equivalent degree or five years professional experience.

Additional Qualifications (by start date):

  • Demonstrated success in reporting on complex subjects in the public interest.
  • Proven production abilities, including editorial skills, technical ability, and organizational skills. Successful application of research techniques, such as interviewing, public record searches, etc.

Preferred Qualifications:

Five years’ experience as a professional investigative journalist or documentary filmmaker at the time of application is preferred. Students who have just completed a master’s degree or equivalent in journalism from UC Berkeley or a similar program by time of appointment, however, are eligible for consideration.

Candidates will be selected based on qualifications, the potential impact of their proposed project, and likelihood of success in completing the project. Contributions to diversity and equal opportunity are also valued in the selection process.

UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package, as well as a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family

To Apply:

Complete an application at: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu. All applications must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Project proposal, including reporting strategy and summary of media coverage of the subject.
  • Electronic copies of three work samples (i.e. links to video or radio samples and print/online stories)
  • Contact information for three professional references The position will remain open until

Project proposals should be limited to three pages and may include print, online, video, and/or documentary film components. Prior to submitting a proposal, it is required that all previous information in the subject area be researched. Please identify specifically how the proposed project differs from its predecessors. If the subject area has not been reported on, please include this in the proposal (i.e. an exhaustive search of Lexis-Nexis and other databases reveals very little has been reported in this area). Please check for print, online, video, and documentary film coverage of the proposed subject area in the last five years. Proposals submitted in previous years’ competitions will not be accepted.

Letters of reference will only be solicited for finalists. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

Salary & Benefits:

The payroll title for this position is Associate Specialist to Full Specialist. Salary will be commensurate with qualification and experience.

This appointment is eligible for full UC benefits. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/forms/pdf/benefits-of-belonging.pdf

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

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