The Pritzker Fellowship from Chicago Public Media is designed to cultivate a “new generation” of journalists. The fellows are nominated by community organizations, cannot have a degree in journalism, must not be in an academic program, and must be interested in community reporting. This would be perfect for a librarian. In fact, I wish that I could nominate a librarian for this! Do you know a librarian who might qualify?
Check out the curriculum from their website:
Throughout the training period, the Pritzker Fellows will work on many projects and develop skills within their chosen arena. The training will be extremely targeted and in-depth.
Pritzker Fellows will start off closely observing station life – from story production to field work. They will be given the opportunity to meet our experts and learn more about what they do.
Throughout the first months, Fellows will be given basic story production and editing training, including:
- Journalism, ethics training
- Audio and video production
- Writing for the radio and web
- On-air skills
- Web production
Based on specific areas of interest, Pritzker Fellows will be paired with a mentor for the remainder of the program. That mentor will be a senior level journalist or producer who will provide rigorous coaching, critique, hands-on opportunities, and special assignments.
By the end of the program, each Pritzker Fellow will be expected to produce a feature story as their final project. Throughout their months at the station, they will work closely with their mentor to define the project and to receive the training needed to make it a success.
This is awesome! This would be perfect for a Production Librarian/Community Content Librarian (see my TTW blog post “Publisher of the Community”).
-Post by Troy Swanson, Tame the Web Contributor
Troy A. Swanson is Department Chair & Teaching & Learning Librarian at Moraine Valley Community College. You can follow him on Twitter at@t_swanson.