Above the Fray Fellowship

Above the Fray

John Alexander snaps a photograph in Chongqing, China, during his reporting stint there in 2007.

Above the Fray in Brief

NPR and the John Alexander Project collaborated to launch the Above the Fray fellowship — a joint international reporting fellowship in memory of John Alexander, an extraordinary young journalist who died of sudden heart failure while on assignment in Chongqing, China in 2007.

The Above the Fray fellowship is designed to give a promising journalist the opportunity to cover important but under-reported stories from a location abroad. The fellow will be selected based on a winning proposal to report from a region lacking significant mainstream media attention. The selected individual will spend three months filing on-air and online stories for NPR.

Who Should Apply

Professional journalists with at least three but no more than five years experience are eligible to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Application Process

NPR and the John Alexander Project accept applications annually May 1 through July 1. One fellow will be selected by July 31 and begin in the fall.

The application is available online only at the John Alexander Project website and consists of:

  • Basic personal details and work experience
  • A pitch to report from a far-flung or otherwise under-reported region
  • Two (2) on-air clips, either audio or video that may either be uploaded as attachments or sent as links
  • Three (3) essays to be uploaded as attachments. Essay topics are specified in the online application form
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation (requested online via the application system)

Online application and additional details about the fellowship and John Alexander can be found at www.thejohnalexanderproject.org

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