Reuters and Durham University today announced that they are now accepting applications for the Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship in Investigative Journalism. The annual fellowship will provide the opportunity for an exceptional early-career journalist to receive a six-to-nine-month fellowship with Durham University, which will include undertaking an investigative project from inside the Reuters newsroom in London, mentored by top Reuters editors in the field while being overseen by Durham University and having access to University academics and research resources.
The Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship in Investigative Journalism is part of a program honoring celebrated British-born journalist, editor and author Sir Harry Evans, one of the pioneers of modern investigative journalism. The work he spearheaded, from corporate investigations to revelations of government wrongdoing and incompetence, created a model for reporting in the public interest and demonstrated the real-world impact the journalism profession can have.
The fellowship launched in Sir Harry’s honor is designed to give promising early-career journalists of great promise the opportunity to develop rigorous, fact-based reporting skills.
Qualified applicants will be in their early careers and have professional journalism experience. Applications for the fellowship require:
- A short statement telling the Fellowship Committee what they hope to achieve with this opportunity and how their vision of journalism fits with the spirit of the fellowship;
- A detailed proposal for an investigative project they would like to execute during the Fellowship. Multimedia journalism is encouraged, and the proposal can include a small amount of relevant visual material, such as graphics, photos or a video clip;
- Demonstration of published examples of work;
- A letter of recommendation from an editor with whom the applicant has closely worked, assessing their abilities and potential as an investigative journalist.
The fund welcomes applicants from all backgrounds who can tell stories from diverse perspectives and from around the world. The fellow will be appointed annually, following a competitive award process, and the first fellow will join Reuters in 2023.
Alessandra Galloni, Reuters Editor-in-Chief, said: “We’re excited to launch the Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship to provide the opportunity for an up-and-coming journalist to work with the award-winning Reuters investigative team and be inspired by Sir Harry’s legacy.”
Professor Karen O’Brien, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University said: “The Sir Harry Evans Memorial Fund provides a tremendous opportunity to lead and shape the future of investigative journalism through a prestigious fellowship and forum, a fitting tribute to one of our most notable graduates. Our partnership with Reuters will develop countless opportunities for students, journalists, researchers and professionals alike around the world.”
Tina Brown CBE, Sir Harry’s widow and an acclaimed journalist, said: “Harry was a voracious truth-teller and champion of courageous journalism in every form. The thought that we are doing something for his legacy to nurture journalistic talent of the future would have moved him greatly.”
Alongside the investigative journalism fellowship, the Sir Harry Evans Memorial Fund will launch an annual, agenda-setting forum, first taking place in 2023 at Durham University.
More information on the Sir Harry Evans Memorial Fund and how to apply can be found here.
Heather.Carpenter @ tr.com