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PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

Applications are invited from qualifying professionals for the prestigious Al Jazeera Fellowship Programme 2024.

Closing date: 30 January 2024

We aim to contribute to the ongoing efforts of many Arab and international institutions to improve journalism.

To this end, the Fellowship programmes offered by the Al Jazeera Media Institute (AJMI) seek to encourage research in media and other fields of journalism, as well as to provide fellows with the opportunity to learn through practical experience within the Al Jazeera Media Network (AJMN).

FELLOWSHIP OBJECTIVES

  • To contribute to the development of high-quality journalism in the Global South and to help journalists to adapt to modern technologies.
  • To encourage innovation and research.
  • To enrich journalistic content in the Global South.
  • To provide an opportunity for journalists and researchers to be immersed in AJMN’s work culture and environment, and to learn about its journalistic practices.

ABOUT THE AL JAZEERA FELLOWSHIP

As part of the Al Jazeera Fellowship, journalists and scholars will have the opportunity to write a 7,000-word research paper on selected fields of journalism. Successful applicants to the programme will:

  • Join a team within AJMN and experience the working environment first-hand.
  • Meet with editors, journalists and other staff, relevant to their research proposal.

Programme suitable for:

  • Full-time journalists and researchers with a background in media or social sciences.

Duration:

  • The programme will take two months to complete, divided into two main phases:

Phase 1 (To be completed remotely): The researcher will work on and submit a research plan and an introduction to his or her research paper before proceeding to phase 2.

Phase 2 (To be completed at Al Jazeera Media Network Headquarters): The researcher will continue the research until final submission of the paper.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must meet the following prerequisites:

Eligibility criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Full-time journalist or researcher (freelancer or employed).
  • At least four years of professional experience in journalism or research, relevant to journalistic and/or media fields.
  • Strong research and writing skills.
  • Fluent in English (speaking and writing).
  • In order to apply for the Fellowship, applicants must have a proper grasp of English academic writing.
  • The Al Jazeera Fellowship in English is only open to those from non-Arab countries. Those from Arab countries may apply to our Arabic Fellowship Programme.

Requirements

In addition to completing the online application form, applicants are required to submit the following documents in PDF format, with the exception of video, images or other graphic materials provided as work samples. Please note that if any of the following is missing, the application will not be considered.

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Fellowship proposal (must include title, field of interest, objectives, methodology, abstract).
  • Signed letter of commitment.
  • Three samples of the applicant’s work in English.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Fellow commitments

If you are selected to take part in the Fellowship Programme, you will commit to the following:

  • Develop and submit a research paper of up to 7,000 words, as per the AJMI guidelines (these will be provided to successful applicants).
  • Fellow must be accountable at all times. Monthly reports on work status/progress and completion must be submitted.
  • Be an active and engaged member of the Al Jazeera community.

Research proposal requirements

The proposal should be between 1000 to 1500 words, demonstrating how and why your research is relevant to your field. Your proposal should demonstrate that the work is necessary to fill a gap in the existing body of research on your subject, underlining existing research on your subject, and adding new depths to the understanding of your subject. The proposal must contain the following:

  1. An introduction to your topic, stating your proposal and the questions your research aims to answer.
  2. The reason your subject is of particular importance.
  3. A summary of the research methodology and the theories/approaches that the researcher will use.
  4. The tools and procedures you will use to collect, analyse and interpret the data you collect.
  5. The main challenges that you expect to face during the research.
  6. An explanation of how journalists could benefit from your final research.
  7. An explanation of how your placement at Al Jazeera headquarters will benefit your research project.

The following points should be taken into consideration

  • The research proposal should be authentic and original.
  • The research proposal should be written specifically for the Al Jazeera Fellowship Programme.
  • There will be no tolerance of any kind of plagiarism.

AVAILABLE FIELDS OF INTEREST

The applicant should provide a research proposal on one of the following topics:

(Topics provided within each area are only illustrative and not exhaustive)

1) Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Journalism

Studies that focus on applications of artificial intelligence employed in journalistic practices, such as:

  • AI in data journalism.
  • AI in investigative journalism.
  • AI in news verification, fact-checking, and information manipulation.

2) New fields of journalism that emerged with the advent of artificial intelligence age

  • Studies that explore new journalistic fields enabled by the advancement of artificial intelligence, such as automated journalism, immersive journalism, and other fields that fall under this category.

3) Journalism Ethics in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Research that studies the ethical considerations of journalism when using AI, such as:

  • Bias in artificial intelligence algorithms.
  • Accuracy of information obtained by using artificial intelligence.
  • Security risks of using artificial intelligence in journalism.
  • Other studies that fall under this category.

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