LaunchPad Career Development Grants for NextGen Journalists

Renaissance Journalism is excited to introduce LaunchPad Career Development Grants for NextGen Journalists. This new pilot project aims to support entry-level journalists—from diverse backgrounds and who are passionate about social justice journalism—by increasing their access to professional training and development opportunities previously unavailable to them due to financial barriers. Qualified applicants will receive a grant of up to $1,000 to underwrite such activities as attending a journalism conference, taking an online or in-person skills-building course, or joining a professional journalists association.


To be considered for a career opportunity grant, applicants must:
Have at least one and no more than five years of professional journalism experience in any medium (e.g. print, radio, TV, online, podcast, data, illustration).
Demonstrate an interest in and commitment to covering equity and racial and social justice issues.
Demonstrate a financial need.
Reside in the United States.

Integral to Renaissance Journalism’s mission is to diversify our nation’s newsrooms and to amplify the voices and stories of marginalized communities that have been historically underrepresented, misrepresented or ignored by the mainstream media. We strongly encourage early-career journalists from those communities to apply, including journalists of color, indigenous journalists, those from working-class backgrounds, women and LGBTQ+ journalists. We will also take into consideration the financial barriers and/or limited access to career opportunities that an applicant faces.


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