The mission of the Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., Postgraduate Media Fellowship is to support the next generation of writers for the Catholic media and other forms of professional journalism. The fellowship offers three recent graduates of Jesuit colleges or universities in the United States or Canada the opportunity to develop their literary skills and professional relationships while living and working in the capital of global communications, New York City.
O’Hare fellows spend 11 months working at the offices of America Media, where they will generate content for America’s multiple platforms: print, web, digital, social media and events. O’Hare fellows enjoy a rich personal and professional experience through ongoing mentoring and other opportunities. Fellows meet regularly with America’s editorial staff, including James Martin, S.J., editor at large of America and a New York Times best-selling author, in order to cultivate their skills and professional networks.
At the conclusion of the program, O’Hare fellows are uniquely suited to pursue successful careers in the Catholic media or other forms of professional journalism. O’Hare fellows receive housing at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus, health care coverage and a monthly stipend for living expenses during the 11 months of the program.
The Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., Postgraduate Media Fellowship is made possible through the generosity of William J. Loschert, Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business, Class of 1961, and a member of America Media’s board of directors.
- Applicants must be graduating seniors from a member institution of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities or Campion College at the University of Regina, Canada.
- Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or equivalent.
- Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada.
- Applicants should be familiar with the Roman Catholic tradition and have some appreciation for the role of the Catholic media in the United States and Canada.
- Applicants must be willing to make an 11-month commitment to the program.
Applications for the 2021-20 O’Hare fellowships will be accepted between September 1, 2020, with priority given to applications submitted by November 30, 2020, and the final deadline for submission is January 1, 2021. We will consider applications on a rolling basis beginning December 1, so apply by November 30 for early consideration. There is no application fee. All questions and inquiries should be directed to [email protected]. All applications should include the following:
- A letter of introduction and a resume
- Four content samples. Samples can include newspaper and magazine clips, academic papers, blog posts, film pieces, podcasts and unpublished pieces. At least two content samples should be written samples not exceeding 1,500 words each.
- An unofficial academic transcript issued by the applicant’s undergraduate institution (To be issued to America Media at 1212 Avenue of the Americas, 11th Fl., New York, NY 10036 or digitally through submittable).
- Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member or a professional journalist who is familiar with the applicant’s media talents.
- A description of three story ideas for America: 1) a self-reported feature or essay; 2) an article on an important debate from the world of politics, policy or ideas; 3) a multimedia story. The description of each of these ideas should not be longer than one paragraph.
- September 1: Application opens. Submit applications by November 30 for early consideration.
- December/January: Review of applications and notification of first-round decisions.
- January 1: Application closes
- August 15: Fellows move-in to Fordham Lincoln Center
- June 30: Completion of Fellowship
About America Media: America Media is a smart, Catholic take on faith and culture, the leading provider of editorial content for thinking Catholics and those who want to know what Catholics are thinking. America Media leads the conversation about faith and culture by producing excellent, unique, relevant and accessible content across multiple platforms. Our contributors are the principal figures in the American Catholic Church today, the decision-makers and opinion leaders who drive the ecclesiastical and civic debate about religion, society, politics and the arts.
Our flagship magazine, America, has been published continuously since 1909, making it one of the oldest periodicals in the United States. Today, America Media operates across six branded platforms: America, our flagship weekly magazine; America Digital, our award-winning website and mobile platforms; America Press, our print and e-book publishing program; America Person-to-Person, our program of dynamic events; and America Films, our in-house documentary video production unit.