We’re big fans of the Knight-Mozilla News Fellows. For ten months, the fellows are embedded in newsrooms like the New York Times, Texas Tribune, ProPublica, and the Washington Post bringing their technology skills to the front lines of journalism.
So, with that in mind – we’re encouraging developers, designers, data scientists and all around do-gooders to apply for the Knight-Mozilla Fellowship.
We have more details about the program below the fold. You can get the full story on the OpenNews website here.
The Knight-Mozilla Fellowships: Program Details
The Knight-Mozilla fellowships present a unique opportunity for people who like to code and who want to influence the future of journalism on the web.
2015 Fellowships begin in calendar year 2015 and last for 10 months. Each Fellow’s start date will be individualized for the needs of that Fellow and the news organization, but most Fellowships will begin in February or March of 2015.
Fellows are based, unless special circumstances dictate, in the town of their host news organization. In 2015, the Fellows will be based with:
- The Guardian in London, UK
- La Nacion in Buenos Aires, Argentina
- NPR in Washington, DC
- Vox Media in Austin, TX; Washington, DC; or New York, NY
- Center for Investigative Reporting in Emeryville, CA (just outside San Francisco)
- New York Times in New York, NY
- Washington Post in Washington, DC; or New York, NY
We make every attempt to match skills of Fellows with needs of news organizations when matching Fellow to organization.
STIPEND AND FINANCIAL BENEFITS
The Knight-Mozilla Fellowship is designed to allow flexibility for both Fellows and Fellowship Partners. The standard Fellowship offers a stipend of $60,000, paid in 10 monthly installments. Fellows are responsible for remitting all applicable taxes and other government payments as required.
Mozilla may, in consultation with Fellows and Fellowship Partners, elect to vary the amount and duration to accommodate the needs and availability of individual fellows and newsrooms.
To help offset cost of living in the Fellowship Partner location cities, the Fellowship also provides supplements for housing, childcare, health insurance, moving expenses, and helps pay for research/equipment and books. The Fellowship also covers the costs of required travel for Fellowship activities.
Supplements below listed as yearly maximums.
HOUSING SUPPLEMENT (FOR RELOCATING FELLOWS ONLY)
Single, married or partnered Fellow $5,000
Fellow with 1 child $7,000
Fellow with 2 children $8,500
Fellow with 3 or more children $10,000
CHILD CARE SUPPLEMENT
1 child age 12* or younger $5,600
2 children ages 12* or younger $6,000
3 children ages 12* or younger $6,400
4 or more children ages 12* or younger $7,200
Additional allowance for child 3* years or younger $6,400
* Age defined on March 31 of application year.
HEALTH INSURANCE SUPPLEMENT
The Fellowship pays a health insurance supplement for Fellows and their families, ranging from $3,500 for single Fellows to $7,000 for a couple with two or more children. Funds are provided by way of monthly reimbursement.
Up to $2,000 for Fellows moving between cities within their country of origin. Up to $4,000 for Fellows moving outside their country of origin. The Fellowship also offers a supplemental allowance for families with children of up to $2,000.
RESEARCH & EQUIPMENT
Up to $3,000 annually will be given towards the purchase of laptop computers, digital cameras, recorders, fees for Continuing Studies or other courses related to the Fellowship, computer software, research fees or payments, and travel expenses for conferences or other research related to the Fellow’s research or study.
Up to $250 to cover the server costs associated with deploying projects such as fees for Heroku, Amazon Web Services, and domain registration.
All approved Fellowship trips – domestic and international – are covered. Additional travel required by the Fellowship Partners will be covered by them.
Mozilla will work directly with Fellowship Partners to secure temporary work visas on behalf of Fellows who require them.
The application process is easy and brief. Apply now or learn more about how it works.