A New Generation of Global Correspondents

We’re seeking 20 outstanding professionals, scholars and specialized freelancers from around the world, who want to lead the coverage of their disciplines in global media…

A new kind of journalism education, at the University of Toronto.

These aren’t ‘normal’ times for journalism, and this isn’t a normal journalism school. We need a new generation of reporters who understand complex subjects as specialists, and who yearn to cover them across borders as journalists.

The Munk School of Global Affairs is awarding 20 Fellowships in Global Journalism to candidates who:

  • Have a graduate degree, or professional degree, or a few years’ work experience in their discipline
  • Have strong communications instincts
  • Are hungry to cover their disciplines as journalists for media around the world, in all platforms including print, on-line, broadcast and radio, full-time or part-time.
  • As a Fellow in this eight-month program, you’ll get a head start in journalism by:
  • Actually reporting on your own discipline for major media.
  • Learning how to identify and pitch stories, investigate them, and report them in written, video and audio form – for the widest range of media platforms.
  • Learning how to compete as a global freelancer, from some of the world’s most successful freelancers.
  • Sharing coverage ideas with the Munk School’s scholars in global affairs and with University of Toronto’s scholars in your own field.
  • Receiving direct mentorship from your own “bureau chief”, an experienced journalist whose job is to hone your skills and help launch your career.
  • Attending a series of lectures from leading journalists around the world.
  • After joining us for a six-week bootcamp, you can complete the program from anywhere in the world, while still working in your field.
  • When you finish, you’ll have the skills to:
  • Return to your profession, now able to cover your discipline part-time as a freelance journalist for media around the world in print, online, for television and radio; and with an outstanding knowledge of media that will add value to your professional work.
  • Become a ‘super-freelancer’, with the skills and relationships to sustain a career covering your discipline for a portfolio of media organizations around the world
  • Launch or lead a media business
  • Compete for a staff job with a media company that wants your unique mix of specialization, reporting experience, global understanding and business ability

Our job is to mentor your first year covering your specialty — in major media—so that you have the basis to lead in the years that follow. If you have already earned advanced knowledge of a subject, this is a powerful running start into global journalism in less time than most Master of Journalism degrees.

Learn more about the program.

Learn how to apply.

Scientists doing science journalism… Lawyers doing law journalism… Health professionals doing health journalism… Engineers doing technology journalism… Human rights specialists doing human rights journalism…. Policy specialists doing political journalism… Doctors doing medical journalism… Economists and business professionals doing business journalism…. Regional experts working as foreign correspondents on the Arab World, South Asia, East Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and elsewhere… Experts reporting as journalists on anything at all…



Applications open on October 1, 2013 and close on February 21, 2014. We will interview a short-list of candidates by phone, and will advise successful candidates of their selection in April 2014.

Admission Requirements

We are recruiting only 20 Fellows from around the world—and we’re seeking something different than conventional journalism programs:

· Specialization

· The relevant graduate degree, professional degree or work experience to report knowledgably on any specialty. If in doubt, please send us your application anyway.

· Prior experience as a journalist is NOT necessary, but some specific qualities are: Read Qualifications to understand the kind of personality we’re seeking.

· Written and spoken fluency in English.

Application Procedure and Materials

Once you have read Qualifications, and have decided to apply for this program, please follow the following three steps carefully.

1. Because of the limited number of spots available, please e-mail us before you begin your application to tell us you will be applying. Please send that e-mail to munk.journalism@utoronto.ca, under the subject line: “lastname, firstinitial prepping application”. (e.g. Smith, J prepping application)

2. Please complete all of the following materials by February 21, 2014 and submit all of it as attachments or links, by e-mail, tomunk.journalism@utoronto.ca. Please use the subject line “lastname, firstinitial application”. (If you are sending materials in more than one e-mail, please indicate the order using the following format in your subject-line, eg: “lastname, firstinitial application 1/2”; “lastname, firstinitial application 2/2”). Please name all files with your last name, first inital and the subject. (e.g. Smith_J_resume.pdf, Smith_J_transcripts.pdf, etc.)

· Resume or Curriculum Vitae

· Official Academic Transcripts and/or Professional Designation. (PDF scan)
Official transcripts of your academic record from each university attended and/or an official record of your professional designation are required for admission. Please either scan or take a screen shot of your transcripts and/or designations, and attach them to the application. Applicants who attended universities outside North America must provide notarized English translations to accompany all documentation not written in English.

· Two Story Proposals
Please identify two important stories in your field that have not received enough media coverage. Pitch each of those stories in a separate 200-word proposal, indicating why the story is important and some evidence for the story you are proposing.

· One Fully-Reported Story, with visual treatment
Please report one of the stories, in written form. Please do not write an opinion-piece; we’d like to see a clear story that is well researched and reported, and that includes information obtained through on-the-record interviews with sources. 800-1000 words. (Stories that exceed this length will not be read.) In addition to the article, please include a brief written description of how you would treat this story in video / broadcast form. Specifically: what characters, what imagery and what narrative arc would best deliver this story to a viewer.

· Additional Communications Examples
Please provide up to three other examples of your past writing or communications products in any format, including: blogs, articles, papers, video or audio. If you tweet, please tell us your handle.

· Personal Essay
Why are you interested in this program, and what path—through your life and career—has brought you to the point where you wish to apply for it? (500 words)

· Video Statement
Please record a maximum 60 second video of yourself explaining the path you hope your career will take after completing this program. Please post this at an on-line video-service like YouTube and include the link in your e-mail to us.

· Statement of Integrity

· Please print, sign, date and scan the following statement:
“I hereby certify that the information presented in my application is accurate, complete and honestly presented. I authorize the Fellowship in Global Journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs to verify any aspect of my application and/or my credentials for admission. I understand and agree that any inaccurate information, misleading information, or omission will be cause for the rescission of any offer of admission, or for discipline or dismissal if discovered at a later date. This application is my own, honest statement to the Selection Committee for The Fellowship in Global Journalism.”

3. Three letters of recommendation are required, from referees who are familiar with your academic and/or professional work.

  • Please have your referees e-mail their letters directly to us at munk.journalism@utoronto.ca, using the subject line “candidate’s lastname, candidate’s first initial—reference”.
  • Your referees should attest to your knowledge of your subject matter and their experience of the personal qualities we expect in a Fellow (Please see Qualifications)