The Jewish Telegraphic Agency is pleased to introduce a virtual journalism fellowship for high school-age Jewish teenagers.
We are accepting applications from 15-18 years olds who are interested in reporting the news of their community through a Jewish lens. We are defining “community” loosely here – school, neighborhood, identity, culture, hobbies. We want to hear how these parts of your life intersect with your Judaism and age-group.
You provide the story idea and we’ll provide the training and support required to help you produce a 500-750 article or short multimedia piece (video, photo, audio).
This is a remote fellowship. Teens are expected to work independently and be on the hunt for the news in their communities and the world around them. We expect fellows to produce two pieces during the course of the fellowship. Teens will be paid for published work.
We are specifically looking to build a diverse fellowship cohort. We encourage teens of all backgrounds, identities, genders, cultures and connections to Judaism to apply.
- 15-18 years old
- Self-identified Jewish
- Interest in news media (online, audio, video)
- There is no geographic limitation; this is an international fellowship
- Journalism experience isn’t required
- We are specifically looking to build a diverse fellowship cohort. We encourage teens of all backgrounds, identities, genders, cultures and connections to Judaism to apply.
The fellowship will run from February-April 2023. We will hold three virtual meetings – in the beginning, middle and end. All reporting, writing, revising will be done independently during the fellowship. Fellows’ deadlines and meetings will be determined on a story-by-story basis.
Before You Apply
As young reporters, the strength you bring to JTA is your insight into Jewish youth. The stories you will work on will harness this perspective into reported, journalistic pieces that shed light on issues affecting Jewish teens.
Read through the stories the fall 2022 cohort produced. These will give you a sense of the type of articles we are interested in publishing. Keep this in mind as you fill out the application.
Fellows will receive a $100 gift card for each story that JTA publishes.
We are accepting applications through Jan. 10, 2023.
About the Editor
The program will be led by Katina Paron, MJE, who works at the intersection of teens and journalism. For nearly 30 years she’s helped create byline opportunities for young reporters and training for journalism teachers. She is the manager of Teach for Chicago Journalism at Medill (Northwestern University); editor of Newmark Graduate School of Journalism’s Dateline: CUNY and Ms. magazine’s The Future is Ms teen-written column. She was the senior project editor on The Trace’s award-winning national youth media gun violence reporting project, “Since Parkland,” and founding editor of Teen Voices, a global girl news site at Women’s eNews. As the former managing director of the youth news agency, Children’s PressLine, she has worked with thousands of teens to develop professional quality media that has been published in the Daily News, Newsday, Metro, Ebony, Minneapolis Star-Tribune and ESPN.com, among other places. She’s written about youth journalism for The New York Times, The Daily News, WNYC SchoolBook and more. She is the author of the comic book-style high school textbook, “A NewsHound’s Guide to Student Journalism” (McFarland). You can find her on Twitter and Instagram.
This fellowship is made possible through the generous support of the Norman E. Alexander Family G Foundation.