Kern Scholarship for Innovation in Journalism
The Kern Scholarship for Innovation in Journalism provides financial support to Media School students for projects that will encourage research and experimentation in new journalism concepts, content and techniques, especially those that support the profession’s public affairs mission.
Students are encouraged to pursue research or reporting on public issues, especially projects that employ or explore fresh approaches to keep journalism up to date and relevant.
Funding is available to both undergrads and graduate students producing journalistic work as well as graduate students (both master's and Ph.D.) conducting research focused on journalism. Funding can support independent projects or projects tied to a course as long as they are intended to be published in the future.
The award encourages work in these and other areas that advance journalism. Recipients are encouraged to:
- Examine issues that are important to the community and/or the larger society as an expression of journalism’s public service mission.
- Explore how journalism is practiced with an eye toward its future development. This, too, is an important public issue.
- Seek fresh ways to research, present and communicate information to audiences.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Students should be prepared to submit a budget for their project. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000.