Military Veterans in Journalism (MVJ) and the Poynter Institute are collaborating to offer veterans more than $20,000 of journalism training and two fellowships, following a grant awarded by Craig Newmark Philanthropies.
Craig Newmark, founder and customer service representative of Craig Newmark Philanthropies and craigslist said:
“We owe a lot to vets and their families, and we need to hear from them. This initiative will really help.”
Veterans who are early-career journalists, aspiring journalists or journalism students are eligible to apply in these courses, which include practical training in broadcast, print and digital journalism techniques and best practices.
Wendy Wallace, the Poynter Institute’s director of advancement added:
“This is a great opportunity for veterans to take advantage of Poynter’s e-learning catalog, which helps journalists around the world improve their skills. We’re proud of this partnership to help vets get to work in journalism and add their voices to the nation’s storytelling.”
MVJ will be selecting two veterans to participate in a six-month paid fellowship program at a newsroom of their choice.
Zack Baddorf, founder and executive director of MVJ commented:
“This program will allow us to bridge the gap between vets and media and help more vets break into the journalism industry to continue serving the public.”