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Nov. 9, 2015, 9 a.m.

Students: Spend the summer working with Nieman Lab via the Google News Lab Fellowship

The tech giant is offering opportunities for students to work with eight different journalism organizations next summer, including us. The deadline to apply is January 15.

Hey students: Want to spend next summer working with Nieman Lab?

I’m very happy to say that we will again be one of the host organizations for the Google News Lab Fellowships. (Does that name sound new to you? Until this year, this was known as the Google Journalism Fellowship.) Here’s Google’s description:

Google_Logo_Color_WideWe seek to develop the next generation of reporters working to inform, engage, and inspire people around the globe.

The Google News Lab Fellowship offers students interested in journalism and technology the opportunity to spend the summer working at relevant organizations across the US to gain valuable experience and make lifelong contacts and friends. While the work of each host organization is unique, Fellows have opportunities to research and write stories, contribute to open source data programs, and create timely data to accurately frame public debates about issues in the U.S. and the world…

The 10-week Fellowship begins at Google’s World Headquarters in Mountain View, CA. After a few days at the Googleplex, Fellows will spend the next 9 weeks embedded on projects at one of the host organizations…

We’re looking for students who are passionate about reporting and the role that technology can play in the pursuit of the craft. You must be a U.S. student or a student studying in the U.S. with a relevant visa to qualify. That said, we welcome students from all majors and degree programs.

It’s a chance to come spend time in Cambridge working with us as we research and report on the future of news — writing stories, working on projects, and generally trying to learn more about where the news ecosystem is headed.

We’re one of 8 journalism institutions that will be hosting Google News Lab Fellows this year. The others are pretty great, too: the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Pew Research Center, Poynter, Matter Ventures, ProPublica, the Investigative Reporters & Editors, and Witness.

In previous years, you could only apply to a single host organization, but that’s changed this year: You can now apply to as many as you’d like. (You still apply to each individually, though. And fair warning: We get a lot of applications, so spraying every organization with undifferentiated applications probably won’t be successful. Making it clear that you actually know a little about Nieman Lab and what we do is a big help.)

There’s a stipend: $8,500 for the 10 weeks, plus a travel budget of $1,000. And note that only U.S. citizens and those who already have the right to work in the U.S. are eligible to apply. (Though all may not be lost for non-Americans; Google is also sponsoring News Lab Fellows in the U.K., Australia, and South Korea this year.)

You can read a FAQ with much more detail here. Most importantly, the deadline to apply is December 15 January 15. (Update, Dec. 16: Google pushed back the deadline a month.) We’ve been very lucky to have four Google fellows over the past few years, and they’ve all been terrific — perhaps you’ll be the fifth.

(One last nomenclature-related thing: Even though this uses the word “fellowship” in its title and is based at the Nieman Foundation, note that it’s quite different than our traditional Nieman Fellowships, which allow working journalists to come spend a year taking classes and working on a course of study at Harvard. This is an opportunity for a student to come work with Nieman Lab staff for the summer, reporting on the future of journalism. Apologies in advance to anyone confused by the terminology.)

Joshua Benton is the senior writer and former director of Nieman Lab. You can reach him via email (joshua_benton@harvard.edu) or Twitter DM (@jbenton).
POSTED     Nov. 9, 2015, 9 a.m.
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