We are thrilled to launch the Southerly Community Reporting Fellowship. This is a paid 12-week remote program for a five-fellow cohort to learn community journalism principles and news reporting skills to help meet each of their communities’ information needs, as well as share resources and ideas across the region to address challenges together.
Who you are
You love the place you live and care about your community deeply. You are interested in storytelling, and see information gaps you’d like to help fill. You and/or your community have been affected by a disaster in some way—whether that’s a natural disaster like hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, or emergency events like chemical spills or energy blackouts.
For example, you may be a lifelong resident of Waverly, Tenn., where there was historic and deadly flooding last year. A mutual aid organizer in eastern Kentucky, where flooding destroyed large swaths of multiple counties in July. A tribal citizen in southeast Louisiana, where storm surge is pushing your family from its ancestral lands. A person whose family moved inland from the Florida Panhandle after evacuating from Hurricane Michael. A recent high school graduate looking for a way to tell stories about extreme heat in eastern North Carolina. A parent in the Mississippi Delta thinking often about extreme weather that will occur in your child’s lifetime. A community college student in east Texas who lost power and water during the winter freeze in 2021. Or maybe you live in a place where there’s a real risk of any of these events, and you want people to be better prepared.
We believe with training, support, and tools, you can tell the stories and share the information your community needs before, during, and after disasters. The best part is: You can learn from and with a cohort around the South.
We have five spots available for this first cohort. We strongly encourage Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and people of color to apply, as well as women, gender non-binary, LGBTQ+ folks. We also encourage people from rural and low-wealth communities to apply.
- Interested in storytelling in at least one of these forms: writing (online or offline), video, photography, social media, print, graphic design, creative nonfiction, event production or planning
- Interested in or affected by disasters and how they intersect with infrastructure, local economies, environmental justice, and public health
- Live in a place that has been impacted by disasters or is at a high risk of one
- At least 18 years of age
- Live in one of the states we cover (KY, TN, WV, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, AR, LA, MS, AL, east TX
- 10 hours of work a week, including weekly trainings via Zoom, from late September to mid-December
- Complete weekly assignments, including producing several stories and resources to be published on Southerly
- Go through editing and fact-checking process for assignments with Southerly editors
- Complete one project: You’ll work on this throughout the duration of the program; it could be a series of stories, a photo or multimedia project, a printed newsletter, a workshop or block party, or something else.
Fellows will be paid $3,000. We will likely choose two senior fellows with more experience to help mentor and edit; they will be paid a higher stipend for these responsibilities and receive some deeper training and assignment options.