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Rethinking Solitary Confinement

A Fellowship Program for Justice Journalists

Sponsored by John Jay College’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice, and the Langeloth Foundation


Up to 30 prestigious journalism fellowships will be awarded to working journalists who will spend a year reporting on solitary confinement policies and impacts in jails, prisons and juvenile detention facilities across the nation. The fellowship kicks off with an April 26-27, 2018  New York City conference of workshops, roundtable and panel discussions with prison psychiatrists, correctional officers, prison/jail officials, formerly incarcerated persons who were confined in solitary and other experts, and a field trip.

The fellowship is one of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice’s ongoing programs to help journalists expand their evidence-based reporting on criminal justice topics. Selected fellows will receive paid travel, accommodation and expenses to participate in the New York conference.

Successful applicants should be journalists working for U.S.-based publications (print, online and broadcast outlets), who cover politics, government affairs, health, crime, police, courts, and related topics. Freelance journalists are also eligible to apply, as long as they fit program criteria. (See below.)

Fellows will be selected through a competitive process. Applications must 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 or assigning editor, attesting to their plans to publish the final work. Fellows’ work may also be cross-posted in The Crime Report, an online criminal justice news and resource network published by the 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, and will participate in webinars and receive an array of technical and other supports from CMCJ throughout their fellowship year.

Applications should include:

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

The fellowship application deadline is 12:01 am March 20, 2018. Fellows will be announced the week of March 26, 2018.

To apply, click here.

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

Questions?  Please contact Journalism Coordinator Katti Gray at (917) 757-4397 or katti@thecrimereport.org and katti@kattigray.com; or CMCJ Office Coordinator Ricardo Martinez at (646) 557-5690 or rmartinez@jjay.cuny.edu.