GroundTruth Reporting Fellowship on Youth Unemployment

Deadline: 31 December 2013
Open to: young reporters of any nationality
Fellowship: budget maximum of $5,000 per person to support reporting projects to tell stories of youth unemployment


Against a backdrop of profound — and still rising — global income inequality, youth-driven social movements have only intensified, challenging the status quo in Brazil, Turkey, Egypt, Britain, the United States and many other places with limited success. Millions of millennials struggle to navigate day-to-day challenges like making a living, paying rent and affording tuition. While some have allied themselves with hopeful social movements, others have turned to violence, malaise and despair.

Today GlobalPost and its foundation-supported reporting initiative The GroundTruth Project announce an international journalism fellowship for 20 young reporters of any nationality who will be chosen to create mobile-optimized multimedia projects that tell human stories related to the youth unemployment crisis. The fellows’ work will be presented in partnership with RYOT News.

The work will be done in ten different countries where the issue of youth unemployment is dramatically unfolding, such as Nigeria, Egypt, Brazil, Spain, Kosovo and any where we can be convinced there is an important story to tell.

Each team will work in a different country and be responsible for producing an in-depth report that will combine a written narrative with photography, video or audio. Creative ways of working with data will be a welcome part of any application. The work of each team will be published as part of a GlobalPost Special Report.

The project will also include a series of short, mobile-friendly videos to be shared via Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter (#gtyouth) among other platforms. Fellows will combine the digital technology of smart phones, audio recorders, GoPro and SLR cameras with fundamental journalism techniques like face-to-face interviewing and storytelling craft.

Proposed story angles may include but are not limited to: education, class/inequality, social services/austerity, art/expression, political movements and crime/violence. All pitches should explain what makes the applicant(s) uniquely qualified to tell the story being proposed.


This opportunity is open for all young reporters, of any nationality.

Active consideration will be given to younger applicants who want to find the voices of their own generation, though all candidates with demonstrated success telling the stories of millennials will be considered as well.


The budget may not exceed $5,000 per person, ($10,000 per team of two).

Candidates may apply alone or with a partner. They will select 10 teams with two fellows each for a total of 20 fellows. Each team will work in a different country and be responsible for producing a feature story (which can be audio, photo, video or written) to be published as part of a GlobalPost Special Report.

Candidates who present budgets that are workable and precise will be most likely to be selected for this fellowship, which is made possible by a cornerstone grant from the Ford Foundation. Funding specifications are provided on the online application form.

The fellowship will be led by GlobalPost co-founder and editor-at-large Charles Sennott along with VII Photo Agency co-founder Gary Knight and GlobalPost senior editor Kevin Grant. Each team of two will be assigned a veteran mentor based in the region where the reporting will be completed.


The application deadline is 31 December 2013. Winners will be notified by January 15, 2014. Assignments will be completed on rolling deadlines but all work must be submitted by May 31, 2014.

Click HERE for the online application form.

For questions, please email the organizers at

See the official call for applications HERE for further details.

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