JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Operated in partnership with Walking Tree Travel, our journalism program serves students around the country and runs for 6-8 weeks during the summer. Beyond a partial scholarship towards travel with Walking Tree, the program offers students an opportunity to gain skills in travel journalism. The goal of the program is to helps Journalism Fellows develop the skills to research and disseminate feature-length articles about their host countries. It features the following elements:
PHASE I: ORIENTATION AND PRE-DEPARTURE (2 WEEKS)
In preparation for each trip, Journalism Fellows attend an online informational meeting (conducted as a webinar), complete a country profile on their destination and take part in pre-departure assignments designed to prime their journalistic skills.
PHASE II: TRAVEL AND RESEARCH (2-4 WEEKS)
Beyond full participation in the activities organized by the assigned travel program, which vary from trip to trip, Journalism Fellows also take time out of each day to conduct interviews with host families, local youth or activists for their proposed articles.
In addition to individual projects, Scholars are expected to keep a written log of their trips. When possible, Scholars post portions of the written log onto a blog set up by The Wandering Scholar before the trip. This way, parents, donors, teachers and peers from home can receive real-time updates and post comments as well as words of encouragement and advice.
PHASE III: RE-ENTRY (3 WEEKS)
Upon returning home from their trips, Journalism Fellows meet once again for another webinar in order to share their experiences, devise strategies for completing their articles and publishing them in school papers, blogs, or travel publications.
As a final program requirement, Journalism Fellows will present their summer experience to their school community, guaranteeing that on at least one level the experience will extend beyond one person’s summer into their school community. The peer to peer recruitment component serves two functions. First, recruiting future participants from the same community creates a critical mass of students in a community who have shared similar life-changing opportunities and can therefore mutually support and build off of one another’s experiences.
If you are interested in the Journalism Fellowship, please consult Walking Tree Travel’s website for information on how to apply.