UC Berkeley Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship

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Attention all early and mid-career journalists interested in reporting on food and farming!

The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism is offering eight $10,000 postgraduate Food and Farming Journalism Fellowships:

In a new program established by Michael Pollan (also a Real Food Media Contest judge), the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley, the Fellowship is aimed at early and mid career journalists and presents an opportunity to report ambitious long form stories on the full range of subjects under the rubric of food systems: agricultural and nutritional policy, the food industry, food science, technology and culture, rural and urban farming, agriculture and the environment (including climate change), global trade and supply chains, consolidation and securitization of the food system and public health as it relates to food and farming. The Fellowship is a project of the Knight Center in Science and Environmental Journalism, and is supported by a grant from The 11th Hour Project, a program of The Schmidt Family Foundation.


  • $10,000 Fellowship
  • Applications Due March 1, 2014
  • Open to print and radio journalists for 2014 (to expand to multi-media and video in the future)
  • Eight journalists will receive $10,000 to travel and report these stories
  • Preference to U.S. focused stories


Online applications are due March 1, 2014, and should include a one-page pitch with a clearly defined story idea, not just a subject. The pitch should reflect some preliminary research, providing a clear sense of place, characters, narrative and reporting strategy. The application also requires a CV, two letters of recommendation and published clips. UC Berkeley will announce this year’s fellows by May 1, 2014.

Those interested in applying will need to be available the week of June 24-28, 2014 for a 4-day workshop at UC Berkeley with the 2014 cohort of fellows, fellowship director Michael Pollan, guest editors from national publications and managing editor Malia Wollan. Travel, lodging and meals for the meeting will be covered by the fellowship. During the first session, fellows will refine their story pitches with the help of the editors, and develop a reporting and publishing or broadcast strategy. Fellows will also have opportunities to meet with and interview faculty members and researchers doing work relevant to their stories at UC Berkeley.