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2018 John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim/Quattrone Fellowships in Criminal Justice Journalism


Up to 15 prestigious journalism fellowships will be awarded to working journalists to attend the 13th annual John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America on February 15 and 16, 2018 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

An additional four justice investigative reporting fellowships supported by the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice will be awarded for the same event. (See details below.)


“Justice in the Heartland”

The 2018 symposium will bring together leading policymakers, practitioners and researchers with journalists to assist reporting and generate story ideas on emerging challenges to the criminal justice system, ranging from the opioid epidemic to the spike in homicides. Confirmed speakers so far include: Chief Louis Dekmar, president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police; Cheri Walter of the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Authorities; and Kim Smith of the Chicago Crime Lab.  Our annual conferences are aimed at helping journalists explore coverage priorities and new sources for evidence-based justice reporting at the state and federal levels.

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.



This is a competitive fellowship opportunity. Fellows will be selected on the basis of applications that demonstrate 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.

This Fellowship application period is now closed. Thanks to all those who applied!

Fellowships will be announced in January 2018.

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 Journalism Coordinator Joe Domanick at (310)435-5007 or jdomanick@jjay.cuny.edu;   or Ricardo Martinez at 646-557-5690 or rmartinez@jjay.cuny.edu.


Additional Special Investigative 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/.