Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Legal Fellowship
Awarded by Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
To financially support a recent law school graduate to pursue a postgraduate study.
Legal fellows monitor significant developments in first amendment media law, assist with legal defense requests from reporters, prepare legal memoranda, amicus briefs and other special projects. They write for the Committee's publications, the quarterly magazine, The News Media and The Law and the bi-weekly newsletter, News Media Update.
Candidates must have received a law degree no later than August and should plan to take a bar examination in any state by August. Strong legal research and writing skills are required and a background in news reporting is very strongly preferred.
1 year, September-August
US$40,000 plus fully paid health benefits
There is no application form, but the applicants should submit a covering letter, contact details of three referees, a short legal writing sample and new clips or one non-legal writing sample may be submitted in lieu of news clips. Email applications will not be accepted. Applications must be sent to Lucy Daglish, Executive Director.
- Professional development
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is a voluntary, unincorporated association of reporters and editors, dedicated to protecting the First Amendment interests of the news media. From its office in Arlington, Virginia, the Reporters Committee staff provide cost free legal defence and research services to journalists and their attorneys throughout the United States and also operate the FOI service centre to assist the news media with federal and state open records and open meetings issues.