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SESP, Medill Offer Fellowships to Working Journalists

March 5, 2024
A new initiative pairs master's students with journalists.

The Northwestern Education Journalism Initiative is looking for two professional journalists to work with two graduate students each, starting in late March 2024.

Working journalist fellows will receive a $7,500 honorarium to meet with the students weekly, give them chances to work on stories under development, and coach them on reporting, writing, editing, and pitching to news outlets.

Faculty advisers within SESP and Medill will mentor the students, coordinating their efforts with the professional journalist fellows. Ultimately, the goal is to create and publish a well-reported, evidence-based piece of education journalism.

This new four-month long initiative is sponsored by the School of Education and Social Policy’s E4 Center, the Master of Science in Education and Social Policy program, and the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.

SESP and Medill, which recently launched a dual degree program, are building a pipeline of reporters and writers who can craft stories related to education and learning. The four master’s level students from both SESP and Medill will work on pieces that reflect current issues and challenges.

The E4 Center produces useful and usable knowledge to help educators and decision makers. Students in the Master of Science in Education and Social Policy program focus on a range of topics in education including pedagogy, teaching, instructional design, and education policy. Medill trains the next generation of multimedia journalists who shaping the evolving media landscape.

If you are interested in serving as one of the two Northwestern Education Journalism Initiative professional journalists, please send a letter of interest and your resume to no later than March 19, 2024.

Questions? Please contact:

Paul Goren, E4 Director, at or

Beth Bennett, Medill Associate Dean, Journalism at