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Offer: 40 Scholarships for Journalists to Change the World

From Narco News

Applications for the April 2013 School of Authentic Journalism Are Due November 18, 2012

Please click the link above to view a full description of this exciting, intensive training program for political activists and citizen journalists.

At the 2013 school participants will hear from a leader of South Africa’s anti-apartheid boycott and general strike, a union organizer who strategized Bolivia’s “water war” that stopped the privatization of that resource, an organizer who helped – this year – stop the deportation of 800,000 undocumented immigrants from the United States, a strategist who launched the global movement to end nuclear power, a writer and journalist who became a movement leader when her town was threatened by a nuclear waste dump, a young organizer whose creativity and humor helped topple his country of Serbia’s dictator, and two legendary theorists and organizers who worked alongside Martin Luther King to end racial segregation.

This ten-day intensive program is for the following kinds of people: Journalists and communicators who report on and alongside social movements, community organizing and civil resistance campaigns, and also for those participants in those movements who write, blog, photograph, create and manage websites, make video, radio, graphic design or political cartoons about them. In previous schools the organizers have accepted some applicants with little experience but whose raw talent and urgent desire to make change in their communities and in the world impressed us, and a good number of them have gone on to do great works. Some are even professors of the School of Authentic Journalism today.

If you would like to be part of it all, the first step to take is to write to app2013 (at) narconews (dot) com and ask for the application (for an application in Spanish write to sol2013 (at) narconews (dot) com). The organizers also recommend that you listen to the advice of people who completed the application in previous years in a five-minute video that appears below, and on the site. As they testify, it is probably unlike any application you have ever completed before.

The first thing you will notice when you open it is that is a long application, eleven pages long, with an essay requirement! Last year, 1,100 people wrote us for the application and, of them, more than 400 completed it, from which the organizers chose 40 scholars. It’s length weeds out lazy people or those that don’t really want the scholarship enough. It is also a very different kind of application than that offered by other schools and universities. The organizers are less interested in your resume than in getting to know how you think and work, and whether you are willing and able to work hard for what you want.

YouTube video of past participants giving advice about the application.

The School of Authentic Journalism does not charge tuition. The organizers do not seek scholars based on their ability to pay. For some scholars – especially those from “developing nations” – the organizers also grant scholarships for your air travel. Other scholars who can afford it may also voluntarily donate up to $300 toward their room and board – which will be met with matching support from the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict – for the ten days and nights of the school. But, again, this is not a commercial enterprise.

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