California Programs: How to apply

Applications should include:

  • Personal Statement: Tell us about yourself and why you want to participate in the program. 
  • Project Proposal: Provide a description of the project you’re pursuing. Consider these questions: What is your long-term goal for this project? How would you like to see the community or policy benefit from this work? What makes this reporting new or important?
  • Deliverables Statement: Number of stories you’ll be reporting, and tentative story themes or focus, including any multimedia elements you plan to incorporate (photos, video, audio, graphics, etc.).
  • Proposed Budget: Please provide a grant amount requested and a rough breakdown of how you plan to use the funds. 
  • Three samples of your most recent work
  • Editor reference letter and completed Editor Checklist form
  • Resume

Who is eligible to apply?

  • California-based professional journalists and national correspondents, including freelancers, with California-focused projects. We have accepted reporters in the past across all levels, from the smallest rural newspapers to national outlets. 

We give preference to:

  • Applicants who have a minimum of three years of professional journalism experience
  • Reporters pursuing collaborative projects between mainstream and ethnic news outlets

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