Hear from City Bureau fellowship alums.
Each of City Bureau’s three Chicago-based Fellowship teams consist of one Team Leader and two Reporters. The reporting teams will pursue a big-picture story idea or investigation, with guidance from City Bureau editors, throughout a 10-week cycle.
This is an excellent opportunity to tackle a complex and/or investigative story that is time- and labor-intensive, with the benefit of a team structure and editorial resources. Reporting groups will conduct research and create an editorial plan that could include producing multiple pieces (text, audio, video, graphic, interactive, etc.) to fully tackle the issue—fellows are encouraged to develop innovative ways to bring the issue to light. City Bureau is committed to community engagement, and fellows may choose to work closely with local groups, host events, or use other techniques in order to maximize input from residents affected by the story topic.
City Bureau fellows will work collaboratively within teams while sharing information, sources and research, etc. All three teams will meet once a week (Wednesdays 6-9 p.m.) for training sessions and to workshop ideas together. Your team will have access to the many resources provided through City Bureau’s staff and professional network, including staff at the Invisible Institute, KnightLab, Smart Chicago Collaborative and various other industry partners. (City Bureau develops training sessions based on the needs of fellows during each cycle.)
In addition to working on stories, each City Bureau team will spend 3 hours per week mentoring young people who are involved in Chicago-based youth media programs. Mentoring is a critical component of the fellowship and intentionally designed to help reporters build relationships with the neighborhoods they are working in and develop new management skills.
Our Fellowship in the News
Reporters of all experience levels have published stories with various national and local outlets
Nieman Lab | January 2016
The non-profit collaborates with through fellowships, the Documenters program, and Public Newsroom.
Journalism.co.uk | September 2017
Tonika Johnson spent 10 weeks in 2017 as a photojournalism fellow at Chicago’s City Bureau, a civic journalism lab.
Columbia Journalism Review | January 2018