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2017 John Jay College Fellowships in Criminal Justice Journalism

Up to 15 prestigious journalism fellowships will be awarded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation to working journalists to attend the John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America on February 16 and 17, 2017 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.   Four additional Justice Investigative Journalism Fellowships to the Guggenheim conference are being offered by the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice. Please see details at the end of this note.

“The State of Criminal Justice: 2017 and Beyond”

This year’s symposium will explore the post-election outlook for the criminal justice system, and provide background briefings and workshops to help journalists develop coverage priorities for developments at the state and federal levels, in areas ranging from policing, corrections and courts to violence intervention. We invite applicants from print, online or broadcast media in a variety of beats (education, politics, health, crime, police, courts, etc.).

Successful applicants will receive all-expense paid travel and accommodations to New York City for the duration of the conference.


The John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim conferences are uniquely designed to bring journalists together with leading national and state criminal justice researchers, policymakers and practitioners in an intimate environment away from the pressure of daily deadlines.  Fellows  will be selected in part  based on demonstrating how their work in progress or a proposed project will benefit from their participation in the symposium. The application must be accompanied by a letter from a senior editor, attesting to their interest in publishing the final work. Freelancers are encouraged to apply. Fellows’ work may also be cross-posted in The Crime Report, an online criminal justice news & resource network published by Center on Media, Crime and Justice and Criminal Justice Journalists, for the attention of a wider national audience.

Selected Fellows will be required to attend both days of the conference.

Applications should include:

  • A short (100-150) word biography
  • A brief project pitch
  • A supporting letter from editor

Deadline: 11:59 P.M. ET December 18, 2016  (The application period is now closed)

Fellowships will be announced in January 2017.

For more information on the Center, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, visit Center on Media, Crime and Justice and The Crime Report.

Questions?  Please contact Deputy Director Wren Longno at 212-484-1175 or wlongno@jjay.cuny.edu.


Additional Special Investigative Journalism Fellowships

The Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice is sponsoring four special Reporting Fellowships at the H.F. Guggenheim Symposium for qualified, experienced journalists who are interested in applying “Sentinel Event” tools to their investigative reporting projects on the criminal justice system.

The Sentinel Event approach examines errors and breakdowns in any part of the system—e.g., a wrongful conviction, erroneous use of force by police—by focusing on not only on who was responsible, but why something went wrong. The approach, already being used in several cities by justice stakeholders, represents a potentially useful tool for 21st-century investigative justice journalism, and the  Quattrone Center will assist selected fellows in developing the techniques  and providing research assistance for their stories.  If your project could benefit from this help—or if you are interested in broadening an existing topic—please specify in your application that you are applying for the John Jay/Quattrone Center Fellowship.  Quattrone Reporting Fellows will similarly receive all-expenses paid travel and accommodation to New York for the Symposium. For information about the Quattrone Center, please visit: https://www.law.upenn.edu/institutes/quattronecenter/