Opportunities

Visiting Lecturer in the Humanities/Ferris Professor of Journalism/McGraw Professor of Writing

The Program in Journalism and the Humanities Council welcome proposals from journalists who wish to teach seminars in journalism as visiting Ferris Professors of Journalism, or seminars in other kinds of non-fiction related to journalism as visiting McGraw Professors of Writing. Full-time and part-time positions are available for one-semester terms only: fall 2021 or spring 2022.

Full-time visiting professors take a formal leave from daily journalism to devote themselves to teaching. They must be present on campus four full days each week, on average; attend all faculty gatherings; and participate in University life. They give public talks, participate in panel discussions, advise certificate students, and join in events.

Part-time visiting professors must spend two full days, on average, on campus each week for the 12-week term, as well as during the week of Reading Period. Part-time professors are expected to attend faculty gatherings whenever possible.

Seminars meet once per week for three hours, with enrollment limited to 16 students. Students are expected to devote four to six hours a week to class preparation. Every week or two, students submit assignments, which are critiqued by the professor during mandatory one-on-one writing conferences. Professors often invite guest speakers and arrange a class visit to a newspaper or magazine.

Part-time appointments offer a salary of $37,500. Full-time appointments offer a salary of $75,000. Former Ferris and McGraw Professors are invited to apply.

Applications must be received via AHIRE by 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. The selection committee aims to complete its work by February 2021.

Applicants should submit: a résumé or CV that includes employment history, recent publications, and at least one reference that we may contact; a proposal for a seminar related to journalism or non-fiction writing; and a cover letter that describes your interest in teaching.

Most seminars fall under one of these broad course rubrics:

  • The Literature of Fact
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Politics and the Media
  • The Media and Social Issues
  • International News
  • Audio Journalism
  • Data Journalism
  • Visual Journalism (video, photography, multimedia, and/or data visualization)
  • Writing about (Culture, Film, Ideas, Law, Science, etc.)

Seminar proposals should include:

  • One or two paragraphs about the focus of the course
  • A short course description for the course catalog (75 words)
  • Specific topics for each of the 12 weeks of the course
  • A sample reading list of no more than six titles (books, articles, websites, etc.)
  • Possible writing assignments (typically 5-8 short pieces, one of which might be developed into a longer project to be submitted during Reading Period)

Essential Qualifications:

  • Applicants should have achieved distinction in journalism or other kinds of non-fiction writing
  • Must be able to communicate their experience effectively to students, peers, and members of the community
  • Must be a practicing journalist–a reporter, editor, producer, journalistic historian, cultural critic, or documentarian
  • Must have at least five years’ experience working at a news organization or writing regularly for major publications, including in the year immediately prior to submitting application
  • Must not have a tenure-track or administrative position at an academic institution
  • Must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

The application for these positions can be found at:
https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/17541

Questions may be addressed to Margo Bresnen, Journalism Program Manager, at mbresnen@princeton.edu or 609-258-9948.

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Ferris Summer Grants for Student Internships in Journalism

Ferris Summer Grants for Student Internships in Journalism are funded by the endowment of Edwin F. Ferris, Class of 1899, to support summer internships in writing, publishing, and journalism, in both print and electronic media. The goal is to help students acquire experience in news organizations, including television networks, and in companies that publish books, magazines, or journals.

In Summer 2020, this funding will be awarded only for internships that will be conducted remotely or in the vicinity of a student’s primary residence in compliance with local and national health and safety guidelines. No funding is available or may be used for any domestic or international travel.

The Program in Journalism will consider funding requests for up to $2,000 for expenses such as living costs from a student’s primary residence, books not available online through the University’s library services, database access costs, and software in specific circumstances.

The program will not consider funding requests for any domestic or international travel, visa applications, the rental or use of vehicles, vaccinations and medications for vaccine-preventable diseases and other diseases, the purchase of local phones or SIM cards, and conference fees.

Internships must take place in a recognized organization for at least six weeks (typically eight weeks).

Eligibility

All Princeton freshmen, sophomores, and juniors may apply. Requests from the journalism program’s certificate students will be prioritized.

How to Apply

Submit an application through the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE).

In the documents section of the application, upload the offer letter from the organization providing the internship. The offer letter should include details of the internship and the amount of financial support, if any, the organization will provide.

Deadline

The deadline to apply is June 30, 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by a committee of faculty and journalists from the Humanities Council that will review applications and select recipients.

Post-Project Requirement

Grant recipients are required to submit a two-page report after their internship. The grants are paid in two installments: 90% upon notification of funding, and the 10% balance in September, after submission of the report about the internship.

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John McPhee ’53 Awards for Summer Projects in Independent Journalism

John McPhee ’53 Awards for Summer Projects in Independent Journalism are meant to recognize promising student journalists and to help underwrite the cost of long-form, nonfiction writing projects of at least six weeks in duration.

In Summer 2020, this funding will be awarded only for independent projects that will be conducted remotely or in the vicinity of a student’s primary residence in compliance with local and national health and safety guidelines. No funding is available or may be used for any domestic or international travel.

The Program in Journalism will consider funding requests for up to $2,000 for expenses such as living costs from a student’s primary residence, books not available online through the University’s library services, database access costs, and software in specific circumstances.

The program will not consider funding requests for any domestic or international travel, visa applications, the rental or use of vehicles, vaccinations and medications for vaccine-preventable diseases and other diseases, the purchase of local phones or SIM cards, and conference fees.

Eligibility

All Princeton freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who have completed at least one journalism course at Princeton may apply. Requests from the journalism program’s certificate students will be prioritized.

How to Apply

Submit an application through the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE).

In the documents section of the application, upload the following:

  • An official transcript confirming that the applicant has completed at least one journalism course at Princeton;
  • A résumé or CV;
  • Two journalism writing samples (published or class work);
  • A proposed budget outlining specifically how the applicant would expect to spend the award funds (include living expenses, if appropriate);
  • The name(s) of one or more references, including at least one member of the Princeton faculty who would advise the applicant on the project from inception to completion;
  • The name of at least one member of the Princeton faculty who will advise the applicant on the project from inception to completion;
  • A letter of commitment from the applicant’s faculty advisor, confirming that the advisor will regularly video conference with the applicant during the reporting and writing of the project;
  • A proposal letter of no more than 1,000 words. Subjects that would be appropriate to touch on in the letter include:
    —The general topic matter the proposed article would cover, and why the subject would be of interest to readers and of importance to society;
    —The maximum story that reasonably could result from the applicant’s efforts and, if unforeseen challenges arise, the minimum story the applicant is confident would result;
    —Human sources the applicant would seek to interview, and why;
    —Primary documents and data the applicant would seek to gather and review, and why; and,
    —Where the resulting article might be published and the size of the publication’s readership.
Deadline

The deadline to apply is June 30, 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by a committee of faculty and journalists from the Humanities Council that will review applications and select recipients.

Post-Project Requirement

Award recipients are required to submit a two-page report on their project and a copy of the resulting article(s). The awards are paid in two installments: 90% upon notification of funding, and the 10% balance in September, after submission of the report and article(s).

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Ferris Prizes for Outstanding Undergraduate Projects in Journalism

Ferris Prizes for Outstanding Undergraduate Projects in Journalism are awards of $250 that recognize excellent projects submitted by students in journalism seminars during the academic year, on any topic and in any medium of journalism, including audio and video presentations.

Journalism professors are invited to nominate the best papers or other work produced in their courses. The selection committee consists of faculty members and journalists. The prizes will be awarded during the summer to projects nominated in the previous fall and spring semesters.

Criteria for Judgment
  • Originality
  • Depth of insight
  • Skill of presentation
  • Contribution to a reader’s understanding of the topic
  • Short pieces receive equal consideration with longer ones
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