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How do I apply for this program?

Applications are only available electronically, we do NOT accept any application materials through email or postal mail, applications will only be accepted through the provided online form. Read the eligibility requirements before you apply. The 2013 online application is available here.

Important! If you have applied in previous years you are still required to submit a complete application. Past applicants are not automatically rolled over into the 2013 applicant pool.

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Who is eligible for this program?

For 2013, the program is looking for arts journalists who are:

  • committed to finding and telling stories in new ways, thinking about journalism as a dynamic system and process rather than a product, as well as those who care about finding better ways to engage with audiences.
  • committed to thinking imaginatively about information architecture, user interaction, storytelling and visualization of multi-level data with design that is intuitive, simple and fun to use.
  • committed to imaginatively finding, adapting and integrating existing tools with a focus on ideas/intent behind what is developed rather than specific ways to realize them.

Other standard requirements:

  • All critics, reporters, writers, bloggers, columnists, editors, broadcasters or producers who specialize in arts, culture or entertainment for an online, newspaper, magazine or broadcast media organization MAY apply.
  • The program is NOT intended for entry-level journalists, students or journalism educators.
  • Staff, freelancers and self-employed journalists, designers and developers ARE welcome.
  • This is a NATIONAL and INTERNATIONAL program, applicants from anywhere may apply. Typically one to two finalists come from outside the United States.
  • Advanced degrees or specialized training in the arts are NOT required.
  • If you have already participated in a USC Annenberg/Getty Fellowship, you may NOT apply. But we do welcome past applicants.
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national or international origin, color, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. It is our intention that all qualified applications be given equal opportunity and that our selection is based upon merit alone.

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When are applications available?

The 2013 electronic application is available as of May 24, 2013. Read the eligibility requirements before you apply. The 2013 online application is available here.

Important! If you have applied in previous years you are still required to submit a complete application. Past applicants are not automatically rolled over into the 2013 applicant pool.


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When are applications due?

Deadline for the 2013 fellowship submission is July 9, 2013. 2013 applications is not yet available.

Applications are accepted on the day of the deadline until 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). Do NOT submit any application material through email or postal mail; applications will only be accepted through the provided online form.

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Where do I mail my application?

We no longer accept applications through email or postal mail. All materials must be submitted electronically with the provided online form.


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When will I know if I have been accepted?

The Admission Committee's decision for 2013 will be emailed or communicated by phone to you by August 5, 2013.

If you are an alternate or if you are not accepted, you will learn by e-mail.

A formal press release will also be posted on our Website announcing the accepted fellows.

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Are advanced degrees or specialized training required?

No.


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Who is in charge of the program?

The USC Annenberg/Getty Fellowship is directed by Sasha Anawalt, founding director since 2002. Douglas McLennan, associate director, was Engine29 and Engine30 project architect and Arianna Sikorski is the program coordinator.

The fellowship likewise falls under the jurisdiction of Michael Parks, director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism and Ernest J. Wilson III, dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, which is also the home of the 9 and a half months Master's in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) program and the newly-created USC Annenberg Center for Arts, Media & Audience. 

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How do I contact you?

The best place to contact us is uscgetty@usc.edu.

Or you may call the program coordinator, Arianna Sikorski, at 213-740-1899 or its director, Sasha Anawalt, at 213-740-1818.

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What if I am a freelance journalist and/or self-employed?

Freelancers and/or self-employed individuals MAY apply.

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What if my work is purely online, radio or television – how should I present examples of my work?

You will need to provide URL addresses for all online material as well as attach PDF, DOC, or DOCX files of any text documents. Audio and video clips must be 10 min. or less and accessible online. We accept no more than three examples of work samples.

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What if I have applied in previous years?

We encourage all previous applicants, who satisfy the eligibility requirements, to reapply.

Only former USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program Fellows are NOT eligible to apply again.

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What if I have been a fellow on a NEA Arts Journalism Institute fellowship?

Fellows from any of the following past Institutes MAY still apply:

  • NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater in Los Angeles at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
  • NEA Arts Journalism Institute for Classical Music and Opera in New York at Columbia University
  • NEA Arts Journalism Institute for Dance Criticism in Durham, North Carolina at Duke University
  • NEA International Arts Journalism Institute in Visual Arts in Washington, D.C. at American University

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What if I am from a country other than the U.S.?

You MAY apply to this program. The USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program is offered nationally and internationally. Typically one to two finalists come from outside the United States.

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What if I am an American citizen living/working outside the U.S.?

You MAY apply to this program.

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What should I do to prepare for the program?

Once you have been accepted we will be in contact with you about the program’s details and requirements, which may include some prep work in advance of the fellowship. It is important for fellows to clear their desks at work and home before coming. We cannot emphasize enough that there is no time to complete assignments or take on new ones while you are on the fellowship.

If you are a freelancer, you should plan accordingly and prepare not to be making an income during the fellowship.

Alert colleagues, family members and friends that your time to be in touch with them or accomplish work for them will be minimal. This is a rigorous, jam-packed fellowship program and it is advised to be physically prepared for long days. Get rest in advance.

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What mandatory obligations must I fulfill during or post-fellowship?

Fellows must also participate in an exit evaluation/interview and complete a follow-up survey three to six months after the fellowship. 

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When will I receive the schedule for the fellowship?

Schedules are distributed upon arrival. We will notify you of any necessary details in advance.

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Is there time off during the fellowship?

No. Every day is filled.

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Will I be able to work during the program?

The USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program is fast-paced, intense and demanding. Be prepared to give 100% to the program. It is important to clear your desks at work and home before coming. We cannot emphasize enough that there is no time to complete assignments or take on new ones while you are on the fellowship.

If you are a freelancer, you should plan accordingly and prepare not to be making an income during the fellowship.

Alert colleagues, family members and friends that your time to be in touch with them or accomplish work for them will be minimal. This is a rigorous, jam-packed fellowship program and it is advised to be physically prepared for long days. Get rest in advance.

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Will I receive a stipend?

No.

The program does, however, cover most expenses, including: roundtrip travel to and from Los Angeles, hotel, most meals, reading materials, Internet access in hotel room and transportation within Los Angeles.

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What expenses will I have to cover?

The USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program covers most expenses, including: roundtrip travel to and from Los Angeles, hotel, most meals, reading materials, Internet access in your hotel room and transportation within Los Angeles.

Personal expenses NOT related to the program are your responsibility. These may include laundry, gifts, room service, phone calls, non-fellowship travel and anything incurred outside the dates of the program, should you decide to stay in the hotel longer, for example.

Expenses incurred that ARE related to the program will be reimbursed. Be aware that all reimbursement requests are submitted at the end of the program and must be reviewed and approved before payment. More details on the reimbursement process are given during the fellowship.

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Do I need to make my own travel arrangements?

No. Our program coordinator will be in touch with you about travel to and from Los Angeles. Flights should NOT be purchased independently unless discussed with the program coordinator beforehand.

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Do I need a passport and/or visa?

Passports are required for all foreign travel to and from the United States. If you are a U.S. citizen, no visa is required.

All non-U.S. citizens will more than likely need to acquire a nonimmigrant visa; however, certain countries may be exempt. Please check the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website to familiarize yourself with information about travel to the United States from your country. The fellowship’s program coordinator manages all travel arrangements and will be in touch with international fellows to discuss travel and university policies regarding visas.

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Can I arrive before or stay after the dates of the fellowship?

Yes. Fellows may arrive before and/or leave after the fellowship officially begins. If planning to stay in the hotel for dates outside the fellowship, you will need to let us know well in advance. Make sure to contact our program coordinator with the details of your trip.

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Where will I live?

Fellows have their own room in a hotel to be determined.

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Will I need a car?

Unlikely. Most transportation in Los Angeles is provided by the fellowship. 

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