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Offer: The Pritzker Fellowships: Training a Diverse New Generation of Journalists

Deadline: 18 May 2012

Note: applicants do not have to be an American citizen to take part in the program but international applicants must obtain their own visas. The fellowship is open to anyone with an interest in pursuing radio, web-based or other forms of journalism and to a broad range of individuals, ages and backgrounds.

The Pritzker Fellowships program is designed to fulfill our most important goal: to discover, encourage and train the best possible representatives of a diverse new generation of public-media talent.


Two Pritzker Fellowships will be awarded each year to diverse candidates who aspire to become journalists and who show promise as radio producers, journalists and story tellers.

The Pritzker Fellowships will offer high level mentorship and professional development focused on journalism. Pritzker Fellows will be given rigorous training in public radio journalism and will work alongside some of the nation’s most respected reporters, producers and editors.

Each Pritzker Fellow will receive a stipend of $20,000 and will receive the same benefits enjoyed by employees of Chicago Public Media.

Applications are now open for the 2012 Prizker fellowships. You can apply online here.


Throughout the training period, the Pritzker Fellows will work on many projects and develop skills within their chosen arena. The training will be extremely targeted and in-depth.

Pritzker Fellows will start off closely observing station life – from story production to field work. They will be given the opportunity to meet our experts and learn more about what they do.

Throughout the first months, Fellows will be given basic story production and editing training, including:

Journalism, ethics training
Audio and video production
Writing for the radio and web
On-air skills
Web production

Based on specific areas of interest, Pritzker Fellows will be paired with a mentor for the remainder of the program. That mentor will be a senior level journalist or producer who will provide rigorous coaching, critique, hands-on opportunities, and special assignments.

By the end of the program, each Pritzker Fellow will be expected to produce a feature story as their final project. Throughout their months at the station, they will work closely with their mentor to define the project and to receive the training needed to make it a success.


Professional training will be provided at the WBEZ studios over a period of nine months, with full 40-hour work weeks required. The program will begin in July 2011 and conclude in April 2012. Fellows are expected to make the program their primary focus during the term of the Fellowships.

Each Pritzker Fellow will be awarded a stipend of $20,000 and will receive the same benefits enjoyed by employees of Chicago Public Media. The stipend will open the door to applicants who otherwise would not be in a position to consider participation in an extended training program.


Anyone with an interest in pursuing radio, web-based or other forms of journalism and meets the requirements below is eligible.

The program is open to a broad range of individuals, ages and backgrounds. We especially encourage interested minority candidates to apply. Consideration will be given only to candidates nominated by a community-based not–for-profit organization and who possess the following characteristics:

Exceptional communication aptitude
Have not earned a degree in journalism
Will not be enrolled in an academic program throughout the duration of the program
Show promise as radio journalists and producers


Chicago Public Media will begin accepting applications on April 06, 2012. All applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm on May13, 2012. We will not accept any applications or changes to applications after the deadline.

The 2012 Pritzker Fellows will be announced in June 2012. The Pritzker Fellowships will commence on July 6, 2012, and go through April 5, 2013.


Applicants can apply for the program by going to:
Nominations can be submitted by going to:

We will not accept any other form of submission. The application and nomination forms will only be accessible during the application period.


zoneziwoh's picture

Always resouceful

Thank you dear Si. always appreciate your rich and resourceful post. I am interested in this program.

Just a remark - it seem there is a typed-error on the duration date as it says: The program will begin in July 2011 and conclude in April 2012. I think it was meant to be July 2012 and April 2013. (as indicated in the concluding paragraph)

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Breese's picture


Thanks, Zoneziwoh, for pointing that out! I think you're right, they must have meant July 2012 - April 2013. Let us know if you pursue this opportunity, and good luck if you do!

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