The fellowship program is the most prestigious professional development opportunity The Media Project has to offer. 

This year's program will take place October 7th-13th at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2018



The Fellowship aims to develop leaders committed to excellence and integrity in the practice of journalism in the face of difficult political climates.

The Fellowship aims to equip journalists with ethical decision-making and leadership values so they in turn will 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 focuses on coaching and leadership skills to expand the career prospects of our member-journalists and give them tools to help other journalists grow in the profession.


Candidates must be employed at a media organization or be an independent journalist whose work is regularly published or broadcast.

The ideal candidate will have at least five years professional experience in print, broadcast or online journalism. Journalists from all craft areas and in all levels of the organization are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must demonstrate  professional promise and a personal desire to assist and motivate other journalists to develop their own coaching and leadership skills.

Applicants should be interested in people, be willing to ask and explore difficult questions about the professional and personal challenges, and desire to change their arena of journalism.

Preference will be given to journalists who provide examples of current or previous efforts to mentor other journalists.

Applicants should also be willing to discuss their ideas and experience in light of life, work, and faith.


The Fellowship is a yearlong commitment to explore various aspects of coaching and leadership skills by:

~Attending, at the expense of The Media Project, a workshop during the week of October 7-14, 2017, 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.”

~ Selecting and coaching two (2) journalists in their country over the course of a 12-month period beginning at the conclusion of our seminar.

~Completing a variety of pre-workshop preparation, including a self-assessment evaluation, reading and writing assignments.

~Participating in six (6) Skype conference calls over the course of the 12-month period following the seminar. The purpose of these conference calls is to facilitate mutual learning and discuss topics related to leadership and coaching.

~Securing, at their own expense and initiative, a valid U.S. visa. Limited funds are available for those who must travel to another country to secure a U.S. visa.