Application form for Next City Vanguard Conference. 

Next City seeks a talented journalist of color for a one-year freelance reporting fellowship starting in April 2020. Next City is seeking a writer of color in an effort to bring underrepresented voices to the forefront of the conversation about cities and their future. Minorities, although representative of more than half the population of the 10 largest U.S. cities, are vastly underrepresented in the media and in many conversations about urban trends and growth.

Ideal candidates for this Equitable Cities Reporter Fellowship will have a demonstrated interest in urban policy, and published clips that show you deftly reporting on economic inequality and how it affects marginalized communities in a U.S. city or cities.

Within the framework of economic policy and social equity, we’ll encourage you to follow your passion as you pitch and contribute to our online news site each month — whether that’s covering the racial wealth gap in the U.S., food deserts, environmental justice, social determinants of health or small business growth.

You should be an expressive, engaging writer who can weave together human interest stories with data and reporting. You should be motivated to uncover ways people can move out of or avoid poverty and to investigate policies and strategies that are contributing to inequality.  

The fellowship will begin in April 2020 and can be fulfilled remotely, though we welcome candidates who want to work out of our Philadelphia office. The fellowship includes an annual membership to the professional journalism organization of your choice and other resources for professional development.  

Fellows are welcome to write for other journalism outlets, but you’ll need time in your schedule to pitch and deliver approximately four (4) 1,000-word articles per month to Next City.

Qualifications include:

— Bachelor’s degree, preferably in journalism or communications

— Two-plus years of professional journalism experience

— Strong and demonstrated interest in cities, economic development and related public policy

— Outstanding research, writing and fact-checking skills

— Ability to independently develop story ideas and sources on a weekly basis

— Efficient and deadline-oriented approach to tasks

— Knowledge of CMS publishing and basic HTML

To apply, please submit: 

  • a cover letter, a resume and three professional references; 
  • links to three published articles, at least one of which must demonstrate your reporting on urban policy or a prevalent challenge facing U.S. cities today;
  • Two pitches for Next City stories that focus on U.S. urban economic development. Consider this an opportunity to show off your news instincts, your voice and your reporting skills. Specify the news hook. Explain exactly why (after a careful review of our site) you believe the article would resonate with Next City readers. Tell us how you'd frame the story, who you'd interview, and what data sources you'd consult, with as much detail as possible. Also important to keep in mind: Next City focuses its reporting on solutions and the people pushing forward with them. In writing about any aspect of racial or economic inequality or injustice, your stories should have somebody or several somebodies working together to change something or explore a new model addressing the challenge at hand.

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2020.

Thank you for your interest in Next City Vanguard, which will be held in Greensboro, North Carolina, May 11 through May 14, 2020. The Vanguard conference is an intense, immersive city experience that takes participants through tours, panels, and receptions starting early in the morning and lasting through the evening. For the cohort selected, the event is free while costs of travel are covered by participants. The conference is curated to share both the highlights and challenges of the region.

The application is simple, but it may take you some time to compile your thoughts and gather two attachments — a recent resume and a high-res (at least 400x400) head shot. You can save your work at any time and come back to it.

The $25 early bird application deadline is January 24, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time and the $35 full-price application deadline is February 17, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.

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For more information about Vanguard, visit nextcity.org/vanguard. We look forward to getting to know you and thank you for support of Next City!

Thank you for your interest in Next City Vanguard, which will be held in Greensboro, North Carolina, May 11 through May 14, 2020. The Vanguard conference is an intense, immersive city experience that takes participants through tours, panels, and receptions starting early in the morning and lasting through the evening. For the cohort selected, the event is free while costs of travel are covered by participants. The conference is curated to share both the highlights and challenges of the region.

The application is simple, but it may take you some time to compile your thoughts and gather two attachments — a recent resume and a high-res (at least 400x400) head shot. You can save your work at any time and come back to it.

The $25 early bird application deadline is January 24, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time and the $35 full-price application deadline is February 17, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.

Please check to make sure that your text is within the word limit. Depending on your browser, it may not be clear in the form that you are cut off.

For more information about Vanguard, visit nextcity.org/vanguard. We look forward to getting to know you and thank you for support of Next City!

Next City