Stone & Holt Weeks Fellowship - FAQ

Stone & Holt Weeks Fellowship


What is The Stone & Holt Weeks Fellowship?
The Fellowship was established by NPR and The Washington Post following the tragic deaths of Stone and Holt Weeks. Their father, Linton Weeks, is a reporter at NPR and spent nearly two decades at The Washington Post. The Fellowship will give a promising individual the opportunity to launch a career in journalism. The fellowship consists of two sessions: 12 weeks at The Washington Post followed by 12 weeks at NPR in Washington, to learn how to report for print, web and radio.

Who is eligible for the fellowship?
Anyone who will have received a bachelor’s degree by July 15, 2013, is eligible to apply for the fellowship. Individuals with additional education and experience are of course also welcome to apply.

Do I need to have a journalism degree or journalism experience to apply?
While a demonstrated appetite for journalism is desired, there is no specific requirement for a journalism degree or experience as a journalist.

Is this a paid position?
Yes, the fellow will receive $800 per week (pre-tax). The Post will pay the fellow during the time s/he is working there, and NPR will pay the fellow when s/he is at NPR. Compensation does not include benefits, given the brevity of the assignment at each organization.

Will NPR and The Washington Post cover the cost of the selected fellow’s travel to and from D.C.?
The roundtrip cost of travel to D.C. will be covered, but rent and all other living expenses are the responsibility of the fellow.

Will I receive training?
Yes. In addition to one-on-one mentoring from professional journalists, there will be several training sessions covering key areas of journalism at The Post and NPR.

Will my work be published or aired?
The goal of this program is to have the fellow reporting pieces for print, web and radio, so it is very likely that your work will be published and/or aired by NPR and The Post. Work created during the fellowship will be the property of the respective news organization and subject to their terms of use.

Do you have to be an American citizen to apply for the fellowship?
No, but foreign nationals must have the appropriate authorizations to work in the U.S.

How many fellows will be selected?
We will select one person for the fellowship.

How do I apply?
Download and complete the application form. The completed application should include a cover letter explaining why you want to be selected for the fellowship, and what you have done to make the world a better place – a value that was shared by Stone and Holt Weeks. Include two recommendations, one from a supervisor and one from a teacher or mentor, two or more writing samples not exceeding a total of 1,000 words, a copy of your academic transcripts, and a resume.

Send the application and supporting materials to:
The Stone & Holt Weeks Fellowship
635 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001

Who chooses the fellow?
A committee of representatives from NPR and The Washington Post, as well as Linton and Jan Taylor Weeks, Stone’s and Holt’s parents.

What are the deadlines?
Applications must be received with a postmark on or before April 30, 2013. Finalists will be notified in early June and invited to travel to Washington for an interview with the fellowship committee later in the month. (Travel costs for the interview will be paid by NPR and The Washington Post.) Candidates will be notified of their selection by the end of June and asked to confirm their commitment early in July. The fellowship begins after Labor Day.

Will I have to join a union?
No. Joining a union is not required for completing the fellowship. NPR consulted with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and they agreed to consider you in “good standing” during your time at NPR and the union will waive your fees.

Will this fellowship lead to a permanent job at NPR or The Washington Post?
Completion of the fellowship does not guarantee employment at either The Post or NPR, but we hope the experience and contacts made during the program will help jump-start a successful career in journalism.

What does the fellowship involve?
The fellowship will begin with 12 weeks at The Washington Post. During that time, the fellow will be trained on the fundamentals of print and online journalism, and work with The Post’s local news staff to learn about covering a wide variety of topics. At NPR, the fellow will be trained in radio and digital production and report on the National, Washington or Business desk. At both organizations, the fellow will have individual sessions with leading journalists and receive guidance on the most important skills of the trade.

Who can I contact if I have questions?
Send an e-mail to Stone and Holt Weeks Fellowship

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