The Future of the American Child Journalism Fellowship 2024 is currently accepting applications. Families are hard-hit by economic issues like unemployment and inflation. It may have a long-term negative impact on children’s health, education, and employment. Research demonstrates the advantages of family financial stability, but are media covering it enough?
Details: Fourteen years after Charlotte, North Carolina, was ranked worst among 50 cities for children’s chances to escape poverty in a Harvard University study on economic mobility, local observers are still having difficulty gauging the city’s progress for low-income families. Even in one of the major banking and financial hubs in America, this condition continues.
The National Press Foundation has selected Charlotte for its third Future of the American Child journalism training January 21-24 2024, continuing its year-long examination of child well-being. Like the successful journalism fellowships NPF held in McAllen, Texas, and Cleveland, Ohio, this cohort will consist of 15 journalists from across the U.S. for an expenses-paid training program.
Leading researchers, policymakers, advocates and senior journalists will speak to the reporting fellows on topics such as:
- Impact of economic instability on children’s mental health
- Effective policies and advocacy to address food insecurity
- How quality health care improves educational achievement
- Effective policy for youth in the labor force
- Investments in foster care that prepare youth for leaving the system
- How communities can transform to support child well-being
- The foundation will cover airfare, hotel, most transportation and most meals.
- Open to U.S.-based reporters and editors working in print, television, radio/podcasting or online media. They greatly value diversity in all their programs.
Applicants must submit a letter from their supervisors saying they will be permitted to attend all Charlotte-based sessions. Freelance journalists must provide a letter from an editor indicating interest or intent to publish work from the fellowship if it meets their editorial standards. Applicants must also verify that they are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations.