New America Media Ethnic Elders Fellowships for Ethnic Media Journalists:
Ethnic Elders Today and Tomorrow

Application Due: Monday, Jan. 29, 2010

Fellowship Application

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New America Media, Fellowship Application, Paul Kleyman, Ethnic Elders Editor

New America Media is calling for applications from ethnic media reporters and freelance journalists for its 2010 Fellowship, "Ethnic Elders Today and Tomorrow," underwritten by a grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies.

By 2030, the number of elders in America will double, with a growing percentage expected to be ethnic elders. While America's mainstream media has largely ignored this demographic tsunami, ethnic-media communities remain under-informed about the wide-ranging challenges of aging of color in America. From health care disparities and income struggles to seniors' unsung community contributions as mentors and heritage keepers, generational coverage is too often missing from, yet crucial to the conversation about how to prepare for the coming longevity revolution.

Selected fellows will research a story or a series of their design, documenting and explaining the pressing issues ethnic elders in their respective community are facing.

Each fellow will submit a proposal outlining a major article or series of stories, she or he intends to research and write, as well as a signed agreement by his or her publisher/producer to run the story or stories in their ethnic media outlet.

In addition, fellows will participate in a MANDATORY two-day workshop on key social, politics and policy issues, hosted by New America Media in Washington, D.C., in late February 2010, where they will meet national policy-makers, leading journalists on the generational or retirement beat, policy advocates and researchers. NAM will disseminate stories produced by the fellows to ethnic and mainstream media partners and nonprofit collaborators through our news wire.

All stories must be edited and approved by NAM's Ethnic Elders Editor before publication and projects must be completed by June 1, 2010.

Fellows will receive a $2,500 stipend in two increments ($1,000 at the Washington, D.C. workshop and $1,500 once the story or series has been published or aired). NAM will arrange all flights and hotel bookings for the Washington workshop, and fellows will be reimbursed for all qualifying travel expenses (i.e. cab fares and train/bus tickets).

For more information contact NAM Ethnic Elders Editor Paul Kleyman at or call him at 415-503-4170, ext. 133.