Economics of Aging and Work Journalism Fellow

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, Chicago, Illinois

Date PostedFebruary 13, 2018
Job StatusTemporary
SalaryNot Specified

Economics of Aging and Work Journalism Fellowship

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Journalism Fellowship Program offers a 10-month residential fellowship program that provides a carefully selected journalist with the opportunity to work at The AP-NORC Center on special research and reporting projects. The 2018 Economics of Working Longer Fellowship, sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, will focus on issues surrounding the aging workforce in the United States. The fellow’s work will have an enormous impact, as the enterprise stories written will be distributed by AP, providing an unparalleled distribution platform for the work.

The Opportunity

As an AP-NORC Journalism Fellow, you will have access to the research and academic resources of NORC at the University of Chicago and the University of Chicago itself, including members of its renowned faculty across the social sciences. The skill set developed will be useful throughout your career and can be applied to many different issues.

  • The fellowship will provide a highly competitive salary of up to $80,000 plus full benefits. A performance bonus will be awarded based on successful achievement of mutually agreed upon goals. Relocation support is available. NORC will provide office space on the University of Chicago campus. A budget is available for travel expenses, coursework, conferences, access to experts, and short courses at other institutions.
  • At NORC, you will participate in a highly individualized training program that includes a mix of one-on-one tutorials, seminars, and the opportunity to audit University of Chicago courses.
  • AP will supervise your reporting activities and distribute your work to its global worldwide audience, its thousands of subscribers, and customers across all media platforms.
  • The deadline to apply is April 2, 2018.
  • The fellowship will begin in September 2018 for a 10-month fixed term.

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This position is open to career journalists with some experience covering business and economics and with demonstrated interest in reporting on issues around the aging population. Additional criteria are as follows:

  • Must be a journalist with at least five years of experience. Journalists working in text, radio, television, and online are eligible to apply.
  • Should have a track record that demonstrates ability to translate economic or academic research into journalism. Formal training or experience in economics or social science research methods would be beneficial, but is not required.
  • Should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Must be willing to relocate to Chicago. Consideration may be given to a highly qualified fellow who wishes to work in Washington, DC, instead of Chicago.
  • Relocation support is available. NORC will provide office space on the University of Chicago campus.
  • The fellow is expected to begin work and training in September 2018

About The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research

The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research taps into the power of social science research and the highest-quality journalism to bring key information to people across the nation and throughout the world.

  • The Associated Press (AP) is the world’s essential news organization, bringing fast, unbiased news to all media platforms and formats.
  • NORC at the University of Chicago is one of the oldest and most respected, independent research institutions in the world.

The two organizations have established The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research to conduct, analyze, and distribute social science research in the public interest on newsworthy topics, and to use the power of journalism to tell the stories that research reveals. The founding principles of The AP-NORC Center include a mandate to carefully preserve and protect the scientific integrity and objectivity of NORC and the journalistic independence of AP. All work conducted by the Center conforms to the highest levels of scientific integrity to prevent any real or perceived bias in the research. All of the work of the Center is subject to review by its advisory committee to help ensure it meets these standards. The Center will publicize the results of all studies and make all datasets and study documentation available to scholars and the public.

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