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Journalism is changing radically – and with it, the nature of public debate. News companies around the world are trying to build audiences by offering deeper, more global journalism even as they face budget pressures to close foreign bureaux and lay off expensive, specialized reporters. Civil society organizations, for their part, are turning to journalism rather than just advocacy to open new debates.

This opens unprecedented opportunities for Rhodes Scholars who wish to improve the quality of public discourse on complex issues. By combining your own subject-matter knowledge with the basic skills of independent journalism, you can shape the debate as a public intellectual, or as a full-time or part-time journalist.

Programme Highlights

This workshop for Rhodes Scholars will help you start thinking like a journalist, so that you can work as a public intellectual. It’s based on the Fellowship in Global Journalism, the world’s first program designed specifically to train professionals and scholars how to cover their own fields as independent reporters based at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.

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About the Fellowship

Since 2012, the Munk School has been working with major media companies to re-invent beat reporting. We recruit scholars and professionals with advanced subject-matter knowledge from around the world. We train them to find important stories in their fields that conventional journalists miss. And we mentor them as they cover their own fields for 12 major media companies in Canada, the U.S. and the UK including The Dallas Morning News, Quartz, Foreign Policy Magazine, VICE, The Boston Globe, CBC News, Postmedia (Canada), The Canadian Press, and The New Scientist.

Unlike traditional journalism schools, we train Fellows to work as independent journalists, so they don’t need to find staff jobs to do cutting-edge work. Many, in fact, go on to do high impact journalism as part of other careers outside journalism, including law, diplomacy, architecture, medicine and science. Alumni who do work in journalism have gone on to report on their fields for The Financial Times, The Guardian, CNN, The Dallas Morning News, VICE, PBS Frontline (USA), Maclean’s Magazine (Canada), The National Post (Canada) among others. They’ve been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and won awards or recognition from the Overseas Press Club of New York, the Clinton Foundation, the National Magazine Award (Canada) and the Michelle Lang Fellowship (Canada).