The Media Project invites applications from Journalists for the 2015 TMP fellowships. The fellowship seeks journalists dedicated to ethical decision-making and leadership values so that they in turn may practice a journalism that informs and inspires citizens of all nations and faiths to think critically about the complex world in which they live.

The fellowship is designed to assist journalists in the development of coaching and leadership skills and seeks journalists who are willing to make a commitment to help other journalists grow in the profession. The training program starts with a customized workshop at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies.  Journalists then return home and spend the next year honing their leadership skills in their own newsrooms.

Worth of Award

All sixteen journalists chosen for the 2015 Fellowship Awards will receive a full scholarship to cover training and travel costs


  • The ideal candidate for this fellowship will have at least five years professional experience in print, broadcast or online journalism.
  • Journalists from all craft areas, in all levels of the organization, are encouraged to apply.
  • Candidates must be employed at a media organization or be an independent journalist whose work is regularly published or broadcast.
  • Applicants must demonstrate both professional promise and a personal desire to assist and motivate other journalists to develop their own coaching and leadership skills.
  • Applicants should possess a warm interest in people, a willingness to ask and explore difficult questions about the professional and personal challenges they face, and a sincere desire to make a difference in the journalism arena in which they work.
  • Preference will be given to journalists who provide examples of current or previous efforts to mentor other journalists.
  • Applicants should also express a willingness to apply a holistic approach that acknowledges various aspects of life, work, and faith.


Project Details

The Media Project Coaching and Leadership Fellowship requires chosen applicants to make a yearlong commitment to explore various aspects of coaching and leadership skills. This includes:

  • Attending, at the expense of The Media Project, a workshop during the week of July 26-31, 2015 on the campus of The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. Jill Geisler, who guided the leadership and management programs of The Poynter Institute for 16 years, will conduct the core training sessions. She recently launched Jill Geisler Leadership, LLC to build on the success of her popular leadership guide, “Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know.”
  • The willingness to select and coach two (2) journalists in their country over the course of a 12-month period commencing in August 2015.
  • The willingness to complete a variety of pre-workshop preparation including a self-assessment evaluation, as well as reading and writing assignments.
  • The willingness to participate in six (6) Skype conference calls over the course of the 12-month period commencing in August 2015. The purpose of these conference calls is to facilitate mutual learning and discuss topics related to leadership and coaching.
  • The willingness to secure, at their own expense, a valid U.S. visa. Limited funds are available for those who must travel to another country to secure a U.S. visa.

How to Apply

 A complete application includes:


  • Application form
  • Your resume or CV (2 pages maximum)
  • Your brief biography (100 words, written in third person)
  • One letter of recommendation (from a journalism supervisor or another leader in your network who can articulate your promise as a coach)
  • Two Professional references (with at least one journalism supervisor – provide name, organization, job title, address, email, and phone number)
  • Your Essay of Interest (2 pages maximum) answering the following questions:

– Why do you wish to participate in this fellowship?

– How is a fellowship of this type relevant to your goals as a journalist?

– What leadership and coaching skills would you most like to learn?

– What professional and personal strengths will you bring to this fellowship?

-How have you already helped other journalists grow, either formally or informally and what examples can you provide?

-What other personal or professional skills do you hope to build during the Fellowship?

All completed applications should be submitted to The Media Project via email in care of Caroline Comport. [email protected]


Deadline: The deadline to submit applications for the 2015 Media Project Coaching and Leadership Fellowship is Monday, March 31, 2015.

The 16 journalists chosen to participate in The Media Project Coaching and Leadership Fellowship will be notified of their selection via email by April 30, 2015.

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