IRE Journalist of Color Investigative Reporting Fellowship 2022

Four journalists receive IRE's 2021 Journalist of Color ...

Deadline: October 6, 2022

Applications are open for the Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) Journalist of Color Investigative Reporting Fellowship 2022. The year-long program is intended to prepare and support a journalist of color for a solid career in investigative reporting.

The program also provides an opportunity for the fellow’s news outlets to benefit from the fellow’s investigative skill-building. An underlying goal of the program is to increase the range of backgrounds, experiences and interests within the field of investigative journalism, where diverse perspectives are critically important. The fellowship is made possible by the generosity of IRE members and news organization sponsors.

Four journalists receive IRE’s 2021 Journalist of Color …

Duties and Responsibilities

The fellow would:

  • Obtain employer support
  • Create an investigative reporting project that benefits his/her community
  • Attend an IRE boot camp
  • Attend the NICAR conference
  • Attend the IRE conference
  • Receive IRE data services
  • Receive a one-year IRE membership/renewal
  • Initiate contact and work with a mentor network made up of IRE members
  • Set up monthly video calls with his/her mentor network for one year, or until the project is complete, whichever comes first, to discuss the project’s progress

The fellow would be encouraged to do the following after the fellowship concludes:

  • Serve as part of the mentor network
  • Serve on fellowship selection committee
  • Renew IRE membership


  • One-year IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)
  • Complimentary bootcamp registration (up to $1,100 value)
  • Bootcamp travel stipend ($1,000)
  • Complimentary NICAR conference registration ($305 value)
  • Complimentary NICAR conference hotel nights (up to 3 nights) ($720 value)
  • NICAR conference travel stipend ($500)
  • Complimentary IRE conference registration ($315 value)
  • Complimentary IRE conference hotel nights (up to 3 nights) ($750 value)
  • IRE conference travel stipend ($500)
  • Complimentary IRE Data Services (up to 12 hours) ($1,200 value)


  • Open to U.S. journalists of color who want to improve their investigative skills.
  • Applicants should have at least three years of post-college work experience.
  • Applicants should be currently working with a supportive news organization or working as an independent journalist.
  • Applicants who can propose a well-developed project which would benefit from the training and mentoring the fellow would receive.
  • Students are not eligible.


The following are required application materials:

  • LinkedIn page or link to resume
  • Links to two clips showcasing investigative work
  • Description of project to be tackled during the fellowship (calendar year)
  • Letter of support from supervisor/management stating the newsroom/management will allow the fellow time to work on the project and time to attend all required IRE trainings included in the fellowship. The letter should also serve as a recommendation letter. Independent journalists, a letter of recommendation is required.

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For more information, visit IRE Reporting Fellowship.