The Wall Street Journal, in association with New York University, is now accepting applications for the 2013 Wall Street Journal Asia Fellowship. The Fellowship provides promising journalists from Asia with the opportunity to participate in the three-semester masters program in the Business & Economic Reporting program at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
Candidates must have at least one year’s experience working in Asia at an English-language publication and be fluent in English and at least one Asian language. A team of Journal editors working in conjunction with NYU professors will select one or more fellows for the program.
Entering its ninth year, the Fellowship has enabled a number of working journalists in Asia to come to New York to study journalism at a top research university. The BER program features a unique interdisciplinary curriculum of both journalism and MBA courses. With a low 5:1 student-to-faculty ratio, the program provides intellectual rigor as well as hands-on mentoring for 15 hand-picked students.
The Fellowship covers tuition and fees for two of the three semesters of the program, as well as a stipend of US$24,000 to cover travel to New York, living expenses, at least one trip home, as well as incidental costs such as textbooks. Previous fellows have gone on to staff positions at the Journal and other major news organizations in the U.S. and Asia.
For more information about the program, contact: Prof. Adam L. Penenberg, assistant director, Business and Economic Reporting program at NYU at Adam.Penenberg@nyu.edu
Who is eligible to apply?
- Full-time journalists currently working in Asia, with a minimum of one year’s experience at a print or electronic publication.
- At least one of those years should have been at an English-language publication.
- Candidates must also be fluent in an English and an Asian language, and possess a four-year undergraduate degree or a three-year undergraduate degree plus one year of graduate work.
- Employees (including immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each) of Dow Jones or NYU, or their affiliates and subsidiaries are not eligible.
I’m not based in Asia. Can I still apply? No. Unfortunately, applications are restricted to journalists currently based in Asia.
I’m not a full-time journalist. Can I still apply? No. Unfortunately, applications are restricted to full-time journalists.
I don’t work for an English-language publication. Can I still apply? The judges may, at their discretion, consider applications from candidates who do not have work experience at an English-language publication. Such candidates must have demonstrated a high level of fluency in English. Such candidates may be required to make additional submissions and may be required to take a written and oral English test. These requirements are in addition to the GRE and TOEFL tests required of all candidates to test their fluency in English.
I’m worried I’m overqualified. Can I still apply? Yes. The BER program has helped well-experienced journalists deepen and broaden their understanding of complex business issues, as well as hone their reporting and writing skills. Interacting with the other students from around the world, and studying and working in the financial capital of the world, has helped a number of students launch new careers and provided them with better opportunities to excel in a fast-growing and exciting area.
I’m worried I’m underqualified. Can I still apply? Yes. The Fellowship is designed to help promising journalists fulfil their potential; while applicants with strong experience will have an advantage, journalists who demonstrate journalism smarts, drive, ambition and commitment stand an excellent chance as well. The judges will be looking for journalists with a passion for business journalism and evidence that they can and will take full advantage of this opportunity – whether in clips, story ideas, personal essay or an interview. Work experience is a definite plus, but isn’t the only criteria.
Can I apply online? No. All applications must be sent by mail. (See below for email address)
What is the procedure for applying? Applying for the fellowship involves several steps:
- First, interested journalists must submit required materials to the judges. Candidates can email the material (PDFs only!) to Prof. Adam Penenberg: email@example.com or mail it to the address printed below.
- Second, the judges read the materials and identify the leading candidates. These candidates are interviewed in Asia by Dow Jones correspondents and are given a writing test.
- Third, the judges identify the finalists, who are interviewed by phone.
- Fourth, one or more finalists submit applications to NYU and take the GRE and TOEFL. The fellowship offer is not officially made until NYU accepts the candidate for admission.
- A one-page resume, written in English, detailing work and educational experience.
- Three to five published articles written in English.
- The judges would prefer that at least two of the articles be longer enterprise features. In general, the articles should be chosen to demonstrate your reporting, writing and analytical skills. They need not be focused on business or financial topics, although such articles would be preferable.
- A 200- 300-word memo describing an article you would like to pursue on a business topic of significance to a broader international readership.
- The memo should lay out the thesis of the article, offer some supporting evidence for the thesis, detail how you would pursue the story, and explain why the topic is of relevance to a global audience.
- An original 1,000-word essay written in English.
- The 1,000-word essay must be written entirely by you without any assistance in composition or editing. It will be judged both as a piece of writing and as evidence of your aspirations, interests, abilities, and experience. It should be specific and detailed enough to communicate a concrete sense of your character and capability. You must write out and sign the following statement: I did not receive assistance of any kind in the composition and editing of this essay.
- In the essay, tell us about yourself. What were your key inspirations in your life and as a journalist? How did you come to have an interest in business journalism, and what role do you see it playing as part of the media? What are your hopes and dreams as a journalist, whether or not you win this Fellowship? How will the NYU program help you accomplish your goals if you are selected? And what will you bring to the program? Tell us also about your interests outside of journalism. What are your broader goals in life?
- Transcripts of any university you have attended; GRE and TOEFL score reports if you have already taken these tests; names of three people who can recommend you, including the following contact information: address, phone number, and email address.
Prof. Adam L. Penenberg, Assistant Director
Business and Economic Reporting Program
Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
New York University
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003
Envelopes should be marked: “The Wall Street Journal Asia Fellowship at NYU.” Don’t forget to include an e-mail address with your contact information. Allow plenty of time for the package to arrive. Dow Jones is not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, or ineligible applications that are not received on time.
Will I get my application materials back? No. All application materials become the property of Dow Jones and will not be returned.
Do I need to apply separately for a place on the program? Only finalists for the fellowship will be required to apply to NYU. The fellowship is not officially awarded until the judges have selected a finalist and that person has been accepted for admission to NYU.
Is there any other way to get funding towards the NYU business journalism program? The fellowship is very competitive, and inevitably a number of highly qualified candidates will be disappointed. So we encourage those who are applying for the WSJ Fellowship to also apply directly for admission to NYU’s program in Business and Economic Reporting, which would enable those who are not offered the fellowship to compete for admission and potentially a scholarship award directly from NYU. The school’s scholarship awards are not as generous as the fellowship, but over the years they have enabled journalists from Asia and around the world to study in the BER program. Online application is here.
What is the fellowship? It’s a program funded by The Wall Street Journal, in association with New York University, for one or two promising journalists from Asia to enroll in the three-semester masters program in business and economic reporting at the NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. The intensive sixteen-month program, which has graduated a number of Journal and Dow Jones Newswires reporters in recent years, features a unique interdisciplinary curriculum of both journalism and MBA courses and a remarkably low 5:1 student-to-faculty ratio, providing both intellectual rigor as well as hands-on mentoring for a dozen hand-picked students. Candidate submissions will be judged by a team of Journal editors working in conjunction with NYU professors.
What is included in the fellowship? The Fellowship covers tuition expenses and fees for two of the three semesters of the program. The fellow will receive a stipend of approximately $11,800 for each semester of the fellowship. The Fellowship covers travel to New York as well as some incidental costs, such as textbooks. Previous fellows have reported that this adequately covers living expenses and at least one trip home.
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For submissions: Prof. Adam L. Penenberg, Assistant Director, Business and Economic Reporting Program, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University, 20 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003, USA