The Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity is offering fellowships to enterprising journalists seeking the hands-on experience of a statehouse beat.
Benjamin Franklin Fellows will not be coffee-fetchers or lunch-lackeys.
Franklin Fellows will work in a variety of statehouses across the nation with seasoned correspondents to produce daily news as well investigative pieces.
The statehouse beat will challenge fellows to research complex issues, such as government spending, ethics abuse and statewide elections, and report the consequences to citizens.
Upon completing their fellowship, participants will have completed a portfolio of professional clips, internet dispatches and broadcasts.
Fellows also will have unique networking opportunities with a nationwide collection of state capital bureaus.
Fellowships begin January 1, 2010 and last for 21 weeks a $400 weekly stipend is provided.
To be eligible, you must be a senior in college, a graduate student or a recent college graduate.
Positions are available in print, broadcasting and multimedia.
Applicants should have prior journalism experience at a collegiate paper, radio station or television station. Clips or tapes demonstrating experience with government reporting, public records laws, and fiscal issues are strongly desired.
To apply, email or mail a resume, a cover letter and your five your best work samples
Regional Managing Editor
Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity
107 W. Cook St. Suite G
Springfield, IL 62704
Telephone inquiries are welcome at: (217) 528-9607.
Application deadline is Oct. 20, 2009.