Dori Maynard Diversity Leadership Program
Application deadline: April 22
SPJ works to promote a broader voice for diverse journalists in newsrooms across the country, and to expand the depth and quality of news reporting through better sourcing. One of the ways SPJ does this is through the Dori Maynard Diversity Leadership Program, which awards scholarships to six SPJ member journalists a year to attend the Society's national conference.
Diversity efforts are just as important within the SPJ membership as they are in newsrooms and in reporting. Strengthening SPJs diversity membership representation is important to the organizations health and future. The Dori Maynard Diversity Leadership Program is an opportunity for members to become more acquainted with SPJ through exposure to the Society. This educational process begins at the national conference and includes a complimentary conference registration and paid travel to the event. Each year, SPJ selects six members to participate in the program and they are referred to as SPJ Diversity Leadership Fellows.
The program was first introduced in 2005 and 58 SPJ members have gone through the program thus far. Participants indicate that they appreciate getting to know members of the SPJ national leadership ladder through the program. The program also affords Fellows the opportunity to feel more connected to the organization and to the conference through their program participation. This connectedness is intended to increase membership retention and to create a larger pool of local and national SPJ leaders .
While at the conference, the Fellows will have a gathering to get to know each other; they will attend SPJ board meetings and business meetings and they will attend the conference sessions and events.
The Fellows' participation in the annual conference is the jumping off point to building a connection and a loyalty to SPJ. The program helps to foster a stronger belief in SPJ and encourages involvement within the organization.
This program is funded by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.
Specifically, the program will provide the following:
A convention registration
Four-night stay at the conference hotel, the Grand Hyatt San Antonio
Airfare to San Antonio (up to $300)
One ticket to the SPJ President's Installation Banquet
To be eligible for the scholarship:
Have at least three years of post-college journalism experience
Be a member of SPJ
Be a person of color, from the LGBTQ community and/or a person with disabilities.
Attend the entire conference, including all events and programs planned for fellows
Get involved (or stay involved) in a local chapter (if applicable) and join at least one national committee or community
Agree to represent SPJ as a Diversity Fellow for a full year (EIJ19-EIJ20), participating in outreach and community engagement, both at local and national levels
Applications are due April 22. Applicants will be notified by May 25. Previous participants of the program are not eligible to apply.
If you have any questions, please contact Shari Lynn Himes.