Bill Lane Center now accepting applications for our media fellowship, supporting journalists illuminating crucial issues of the West

Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center for the American West has supported journalism about the West and its environment for more than a decade. We’re soliciting a new round of applications for our Western Media Fellowship, offering a $5,000 stipend for three months’ work. The stipend underwrites a journalist illuminating crucial issues about the region.

As of September 7, 2021, we will accept applications for an award to be made in October. Deadline for applications is Sept. 30. Incorporating a plan to work with Stanford-based experts is not a requirement but will ensure an application gets extra attention. In addition to a description of the proposed project, please include a brief resume and indicate an applicant’s ties to a news organization or other outlet through which the work would be distributed. Ideally, that should happen by April 2022.

Our criteria: The work should examine a crucial aspect of the West’s land, air and water. It could also focus on the region’s people, its history, and the impact of the forces powering its economy. The work itself could be presented using one or any combination of the following: print or online articles, photography or photo essays, informational graphics, podcasts, video journalism, documentary films, or graphic documentaries.

Applications should be sent by e-mail to Felicity Barringer, writer in residence at the Bill Lane Center for the American West:  febarr [at] stanford.edu. Please put “fellowship application” in the subject line.

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