Seattle, WA– Marguerite Casey Foundation is pleased to announce its Fellowship Program on Poverty. The program, which aims to increase the public’s and policymakers’ understanding of poverty through journalism, consists of two components: fellowships (2) for professional journalists and scholarships (2) for students of journalism.
Fellows and scholars selected will write at least one in-depth story or a short series from the point of view of families living in poverty and illustrating how language, culture and race influence public attitudes and policy about poor people.
“One in three families in America are working poor; one in six live below the poverty level,” said Luz Vega-Marquis, CEO and president of Marguerite Casey Foundation. “Families have the firsthand experience and insight into how public policy, attitudes and systems affect their lives – yet, they are rarely consulted before a policy decision is made.
“Journalists can have a significant impact on changing the public narrative about poor people. It is our hope that these fellowships and scholarships will help put the issues of families and poverty front and center in the public debate and elevate the voices of families in policymaking,” said Vega-Marquis.
The 2012 Journalism Fellowship is open to print, electronic and new media journalists with a minimum of three years of professional experience. Each fellow will receive a stipend of $4,000 and up to $1,000 for travel expenses.
The 2012 Journalism Scholarship is open to print, electronic and new media collegiate journalists. Students will not be required to leave their academic studies. Each recipient will receive a stipend of $1,000 and up to $800 for travel expenses.
Applications for the 2012 fellowships and scholarships are due to Marguerite Casey Foundation by February 29, 2012. To learn more about the Fellowship Program on Poverty, visit: www.caseygrants.org/pages/resources/journalism_fellowship_scholarships.asp
Marguerite Casey Foundation is a national, independent grantmaking foundation dedicated to helping low-income families strengthen their voice and mobilize their communities.