Opinion

The Gazette fellowship program

The Gazette is launching a fellowship program intended to expand the diversity of viewpoints on the Opinion page.

Fellows will publish two opinion columns each month on political, cultural and policy issues affecting Iowans. Columns should provide a mix of factual information, original analysis and opinions informed by personal experience. Fellows will be encouraged to develop a set of focus issues to cover on a recurring basis.

The Gazette will consider a wide range of applicants, including professional and amateur opinion writers; community advocates and political activists; concerned citizens who are highly engaged and informed; and especially people with views and backgrounds that are not well-represented in Iowa media. An ideal editorial fellow will already have significant knowledge on one or several issues affecting Eastern Iowa and a desire to build on their expertise.

Experience writing for a news publication is not a prerequisite for the fellowship. The Gazette staff will provide assistance and guidance to fellows as needed depending on their level of experience, to include:

Developing column ideas

 Gathering accurate information

 Soliciting and conducting interviews

 Refining ideas

 Writing clearly and concisely

The fellowship program lasts for one year, and participants will be paid $500 per month. To apply, submit the following materials to editorial@thegazette.com by Feb. 28. Include "Gazette fellowship" as the subject line.

 Résumé

 At least one writing sample

 A brief statement describing the issues and viewpoints you plan to write on

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