Upcoming Member Opportunities

AAJA will post upcoming conferences, workshops, webinars and more on this page regularly. Be sure to bookmark it and check back periodically.


Competition for Agriculture Journalism Open

Type: Competition

Deadline for Application: September 4, 2015

The ninth Bright Leaf Awards, organized by Philip Morris Philippines, is open to Filipino practitioners of agriculture journalism from print and broadcast media.

The contest’s categories are agriculture story of the year; agriculture photo of the year; tobacco story of the year; tobacco photo of the year; best agriculture television program or segment; best agriculture radio program or segment; best agriculture news story-national; best agriculture news story-regional; best agriculture feature story-national; best agriculture feature story-regional; and the Oriental Leaf Award.

Entries should have been published, aired or broadcast locally between Sept. 1, 2014 to Aug. 31, 2015.

Winners will receive cash prizes, trips and iPads.

The application deadline is Sept. 4.  For more details, please visit the Bright Leaf Awards site.


Kyoto Prize Journalism Fellowship Open

Type: Fellowship

Location: North America

Deadline for Application: September 10, 2015

North American journalists, including freelancers, who are interested in science, arts and technology can apply for this fellowship.

The Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) offers the Kyoto Prize Journalism Fellowship to journalists who attained a level of excellence in their field and hope to advance their knowledge in the areas of technology, sciences and the arts.

The fellow will travel to Japan in November for the Kyoto Prize Ceremony. He or she is expected to create, with complete editorial freedom, a publicly-accessible article, story, essay, blog or video examining the implications of the technology, science or art manifested in the works of a current Kyoto Prize laureate.

The fellowship pays for related travel expenses plus room and board.

The application deadline is Sept. 10.  Learn more.


 Abe Fellowship for Journalists

Type: Fellowship

Location: US, Japan

Deadline for Application: September 15, 2015

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) announce the Abe Fellowship for Journalists (AFJ). Funding for the fellowship is provided by CGP.

The Abe Fellowship for Journalists is designed to encourage in-depth coverage of topics of pressing concern to the United States and Japan through individual short-term policy-related projects.

Fellows are expected to produce an analytical article or feature story that will inform public debate or a policy community on one of the following topics:

  • Threats to Personal, Societal, and International Security
  • Growth and Sustainable Development
  • Social, Scientific, and Cultural Trends and Transformations
  • Governance, Empowerment, and Participation

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Japan and have at least five years of professional journalistic experience with newspapers, news magazines, wire services, or online news organizations (Nationals of other countries must have a serious long-term affiliation with the American or Japanese journalistic communities). Freelancers are eligible.

The application deadline is September 15, 5PM EST.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Abe Fellowship site.


GroundTruth Seeks Climate Change Fellows

Type: Fellowship

Location: Worldwide

Deadline for Application: September 22, 2015

The GroundTruth Project is seeking candidates for up to five reporting fellowships in November 2015.

Fellows will travel to France to cover the 2015 Paris Climate Conference in December and work with the GroundTruth team to shape an in-depth, multimedia package to be reported over the next three years.

During the four-week fellowship, fellows will produce live coverage of the event, develop sources and ideas and receive training and mentorship from veteran correspondents.

The deadline to apply is Sept. 22.  Learn more about this opportunity.


BuzzFeed launches Emerging Writers Fellowship

Type: Fellowship

Location: US

Deadline for Application: October 1, 2015

Aspiring writers can apply for a four-month fellowship in New York.

BuzzFeed is accepting candidates for its Emerging Writers Fellowship. The program is designed to give writers of great promise the support, mentorship and experience necessary to take a transformative step forward in their careers.

Fellows work with BuzzFeed News’ senior editorial staff and receive a US$12,000 stipend.

The deadline is Oct. 1.  Learn more about this opportunity.


First Amendment Coalition Hosts Contest

Type: Contest

Location: US

Deadline for Application: October 30, 2015

Journalists, bloggers, lawyers, news organizations, software developers and community activists can apply for this award.

The First Amendment Coalition (FAC) is accepting nominees for its Free Speech and Open Government Award. The award seeks to highlight exemplary work in the arena of open government.

Applicants must advance government transparency. Works may cover access to public meetings, public records, the courts, government data; defense of citizens’ right to speak; defense of journalists’ rights; defense of the right to “blow the whistle” and alert the public to government misconduct; and others.

Winners will receive will a US$1,000 cash prize to be presented at the 138th Annual Winter Meeting of the California Press Foundation, Dec. 3 in San Francisco.

The deadline is Oct. 30. Self-nominations are accepted.  Learn more about this opportunity.


Jack Wadsworth Fellows Program

Type: Fellowship

Location: Multiple

Deadline for Application: Rolling

The Wadsworth Fellow will plan a series of cross-Center business initiatives, including programs, conferences, seminars, and roundtable discussions, designed to stimulate discussion across a range of topics and geographic locations.

The committee is looking for accomplished, senior-level individuals with extensive expertise in and knowledge of the business and trade relationship between the U.S. and Asia. Applicants for Wadsworth Fellows should meet the following criteria:

A journalist, academic, or business leader with deep expertise in the Asia-Pacific region and business and trade issues between the U.S. and Asia. A period of residence in Asia would be an important consideration.

Visit asiasociety.org for application information.


Position Open: Digital Communications Professional (Miami)

Type:  Career Opportunity

Location: Miami, FL

Social media enthusiasts can apply for this position in Miami.

The Knight Foundation will hire a digital communications professional to join its communications team. The organization supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts.

The communications professional will produce quality multimedia content for Knight Foundation’s platforms and enhance its online presence by developing social networking initiatives that maximize user-generated content and engagement.

Candidates must have at least four years of experience in producing and curating online content.  Learn more about this opportunity.