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The Story Fellowship offers professional development in the digital humanities for nine fellows to engage with Solutions Journalism Network and its resources. Fellows vet stories for high-caliber, solutions-focused journalism for SJN’s database—the Solutions Story Tracker. Fellows track, analyze, and report problem-solving trends under specific beat topics. Applying a solutions-lens, the Fellows glean expertise and produce knowledge collections that show how different communities are successfully responding to the world’s social, economic, and environmental problems. These resources equip strategic thinkers, students, journalists, policy makers, grant-funders, and community leaders with ideas that work, and fuel the pipeline for advantageous applications of solutions around the world.

This Fellowship is a paid position, requiring a commitment of 10-hours per week for 13 months (starting in January). Working professionals, undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of disciplines are welcome to apply.

The application for 2019 Story Fellows has closed. The application for the 2020 Story Fellowship will open in September 2019. Click here to receive an email alert when the application opens. If you have specific questions, email storyfellowship@solutionsjournalism.org

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Leslie Cory

2019 Senior Story Fellow (Criminal Justice & Safety)

Leslie Cory

2019 Senior Story Fellow (Criminal Justice & Safety)

Originally from the Central Valley of California, Leslie Cory is a multimedia producer and video editor currently based out of Fort Collins, Colorado. Her past assignments have focused on environmental impact and awareness, identity, human rights and policing. She also has experience in the analyzation of the psychology behind public messaging, communication and marketing and has worked on corporate productions and in public relations with both local organizations and state departments. Her work and contributions have appeared in A Beautiful Perspective, Fusion, Huffington Post, Nat Geo Adventure, Civil Beat, Wild Magazine and The Bubble in partnership with companies including the Investigative Reporting Program, Camp4 Collective and Africa Media. Leslie graduated from University of California, Davis in 2013 and completed her master’s candidacy in journalism at University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism in 2017. She is currently freelancing while instructing journalism courses at Colorado State University and advising media operations at Rocky Mountain Student Media Corporation.

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Martine Domond

2019 Story Fellow (Health)

Martine Domond

2019 Story Fellow (Health)

Martine is a passionate, Haitian-American student with sweeping visions to improve the quality of healthcare, by bridging clinical practice, technology, and international policy. Though her aspirations are vast, she is starting small and engaging in a pay-it-forward spirit. Based in Florida, she spends her free time working in stem cell regenerative research and dreaming up designs to implement in her startup that focuses on improving STD testing for wider demographics. Within the last few years, Martine has participated in the following entrepreneurial programs: UNLEASH, Interact., Clinton Global Initiative, Stanford StartX, Startup FIU, and Millennium Campus Network. These experiences have spurred her current venture to expand clinics in northern, rural Uganda with her international team and to help other young leaders participate in these life-altering experiences.

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Areeba Haider

2019 Senior Story Fellow (Socio-Economic Mobility)

Areeba Haider

2019 Senior Story Fellow (Socio-Economic Mobility)

Areeba Haider is a Special Assistant with the Center for American Progress's Poverty to Prosperity team. Throughout her career, she has been fascinated with questions of systematic inequality and discovering comprehensive approaches to social issues. Driven by this core interest, she completed internships on Capitol Hill and at the Obama Foundation, where she gained two important perspectives on “solution-making” in the United States. She recently graduated from the University of Michigan, where she studied Public Policy and Writing, and now lives in Washington, D.C. 

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Erin Hampton

2019 Story Fellow (Human Rights)

Erin Hampton

2019 Story Fellow (Human Rights)

Erin Hampton combines her creative communication and solutions journalism background in her current role as a Digital Marketing Coordinator in Portland,OR. Originally from Denver, CO, Erin ended up at the University of Oregon for her undergraduate degree, where she specialized in solutions journalism and nonprofit administration. During her time at the UO, she wrote a thesis about the intersection between journalists and nonprofit communications staff members and the way solutions journalism could be used as a tool to foster cross-sector collaboration. She presented her research at the 2018 International Communications Association in Prague, Czech Republic and is thrilled to continue her solutions journalism investigations as a SJN Story Fellow. 

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Tyler McBrien

2019 Story Fellow (Civic Engagement)

Tyler McBrien

2019 Story Fellow (Civic Engagement)

Tyler McBrien is an Associate Editor at the Council on Foreign Relations working on a new initiative aimed at improving global literacy. He also consults for Enuma, Inc., an education technology company. Prior to CFR, he worked for the Student Success Network and the Education Advisory Board, and served as the 2015-16 Princeton in Africa fellow with Equal Education in South Africa. Tyler graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in International Relations and History. He has written for Foreign Policy, Georgetown Journal for International Affairs, Africa is a Country, The Diplomat, The Sunday Times and The National Interest. 

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Paul Niebrzydowski

2019 Story Fellow (Arts, Technology, & Culture)

Paul Niebrzydowski

2019 Story Fellow (Arts, Technology, & Culture)

Paul recently received his PhD in History from The Ohio State University. His research examines the ways individuals and institutions managed and coordinated responses to complex disasters, e.g. famines and epidemics, in the wake of the First World War. He has presented his research at numerous international conferences and has received support from the International Research and Exchanges Board as well as from the Hoover Institution Library and Archives. His current book project examines the logic and logistics of international relief missions to Central and Eastern Europe from 1914 to 1923. Paul also teaches courses on environmental history. As an educator, his goal is to provide students with the historical imagination necessary to engage productively with the world around them and to bring inspired solutions to global challenges. 

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Jacob Shea

2019 Story Fellow (Environment)

Jacob Shea

2019 Story Fellow (Environment)

Jacob Shea is a freelance journalist based in Oakland, California. His past work has focused on such topics as agricultural pollution, fisheries, and controversial land developments. He has won awards for his reporting on dwindling water resources and climate change in California’s Central Valley. In 2018, Jacob graduated from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, with a focus in science and environmental journalism. He has worked with organizations including Earth Island Journal, the Investigative Reporting Program, KQED Science, and Stanford University Hopkins Marine Station. He graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 2008 with bachelor’s degrees in international affairs and German studies.

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Rashmi Umarji

2019 Story Fellow (Community & Enterprise Development)

Rashmi Umarji

2019 Story Fellow (Community & Enterprise Development)

Originally from Michigan, Rashmi joins SJN after working at nonprofit consulting agencies in both California and New York. She brings communications and programmatic design skills from both a women's advocacy organization and a substance abuse treatment center. As a Teach For India Fellow, she and her co-fellows used human-centered design thinking to shape solutions for low-income communities. Rashmi holds a BA in U.S. Racial & Ethnic History with a concentration in Community Governance and Advocacy from Michigan State University.

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Emma Zehner

2019 Senior Story Fellow (Education)

Emma Zehner

2019 Senior Story Fellow (Education)

Emma is the Communications and Publications Editor at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, an urban planning and land policy think tank based in Cambridge, MA. At Lincoln, she writes for and copy edits the Institute's monthly magazine Land Lines, assists with the Institute's social media, tracks publications sales and email marketing traffic, and builds media lists and relationships. Prior to Lincoln, she held a series of nonprofit and journalism positions and internships at the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, Vera Solutions, DataHaven, and Slate. Emma holds a BA in English and American Studies from Williams College, where she competed on the cross country and track teams and served as an executive editor of her student paper.

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Leslie Cory

2018 Environment & Agriculture Story Fellow

Leslie Cory

2018 Environment & Agriculture Story Fellow

Leslie Cory is a multimedia journalist and communications specialist based in Denver, Colorado. Her past work has focused on international environmental awareness and impact as well as the juxtaposition of public and personal identity surrounding issues such as social justice, human rights, and policing. Her work and contributions have appeared in Fusion, Huffington Post, Civil Beat, Wild Magazine, and The Bubble. Over the last 5 years, Leslie has worked with organizations including the Investigative Reporting Program, Camp4 Collective, Africa Media, Earth Soul Productions, Big West Productions, and Real Media SLC. She graduated from University of California, Davis in 2013 with bachelors degrees in communication and psychology and later completed her master’s candidacy in journalism at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism in 2017.
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Serena Deutch

2018 Community & Economic Development Story Fellow

Serena Deutch

2018 Community & Economic Development Story Fellow

Serena Deutch has a passion for learning and working in the field of social entrepreneurship. She is currently studying Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University, where an alternative spring break trip initiated her interest in urban and community development. After spending a summer working for an NGO in South America and a semester working for Social Enterprise UK in London, she is excited to contribute to another mission-driven organization.
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Maria Esquinca

2018 Human Rights Story Fellow

Maria Esquinca

2018 Human Rights Story Fellow

Maria Esquinca is an M.F.A. poetry student at the University of Miami. She was born in Mexico and grew up in El Paso, TX. She recently graduated from the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and was an Ethics and Excellence fellow with News 21 where she was able to travel across the US-Mexico border and report on water contamination. Her past internships include the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, and Crain's Detroit Business. She hopes to one day start her own media company.
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Marie von Hafften

2018 Public Affairs Story Fellow

Marie von Hafften

2018 Public Affairs Story Fellow

Originally from Alaska, Marie joins SJN after working as a production assistant on a ColumbiaX massive open online course about the history of investigative journalism. She researched and wrote about gender issues in conflict-affected countries for UN Women and covered market-driven solutions to poverty for Mercy Corps' Global Envision blog. As an AmeriCorps member, she coordinated the efforts of more than 170 volunteers at Thin Air Community Radio in Spokane, Washington. Marie holds a M.I.A. from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a B.A. in Anthropology from Whitman College.
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Areeba Haider

2018 Human Services Story Fellow

Areeba Haider

2018 Human Services Story Fellow

Areeba Haider is a senior at the University of Michigan; she will graduate in 2018 with a major in public policy and a minor in writing. She has served as a senior editor for the Michigan Daily and as a writing consultant at the Sweetland Writing Center. Throughout her academic career, she has been fascinated with questions of systematic inequality and discovering comprehensive approaches to social issues. Driven by this core interest, she completed internships on Capitol Hill and at the Obama Foundation, where she gained two important perspectives on “solution-making” in the United States. As a Story Fellow, she is most excited to uncover solutions-based journalism on the issues that matter to her most.
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Megan Kamerick

2018 Public Safety Story Fellow

Megan Kamerick

2018 Public Safety Story Fellow

Megan Kamerick is an award-winning journalist and radio producer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has worked as a business reporter and editor at the San Antonio Business Journal, New Orleans CityBusiness and the New Mexico Business Weekly. Megan is currently the host of Morning Edition on KUNM in Albuquerque and a correspondent for New Mexico PBS, where she previously was previously a producer for two shows, “New Mexico in Focus” as well as “Public Square,” which was funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She has produced stories for National Public Radio, Latino USA, Marketplace, Capital & Main, The Bottom Line podcast, Pacific Content and Serious Eats. Megan is the former president of the Journalism & Women Symposium, which helped inform her TED talk on women and media. She is also a TED speaker coach. She currently serves on the board of Good Radio Shows Inc. and the Society of Professional Journalists-Rio Grande Chapter.
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Claire Stremple

2018 Health Story Fellow

Claire Stremple

2018 Health Story Fellow

Claire Stremple is a radio and print journalist based in Oakland, California. She's reported on everything from hot dogs to the opioid crisis, but her main focus is health and environment. Claire is a producer and mentor for KALW's Oakland Voices Community Journalism Project and a former resident at the Mesa Refuge.

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Mike Yates

2018 Arts, Culture, & Social Sciences Story Fellow

Mike Yates

2018 Arts, Culture, & Social Sciences Story Fellow

Mike Yates is a co-founder of WAYO-LP in Rochester, New York and currently holds the position of Station Manager. In addition, he is a visual artist whose work has been exhibited in Upstate New York and Canada. Mike currently works at Visual Studies Workshop and Monroe Community College and has previously been employed by the George Eastman Museum, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution.
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Emma Zehner

2018 Education Story Fellow

Emma Zehner

2018 Education Story Fellow

Emma currently works on the marketing and communications team at Vera Solutions, a global social enterprise. She recently graduated from Williams College with a BA in English and American Studies. Before joining Vera, she interned at DataHaven, a non-profit in New Haven, CT and several publications including the Branford Eagle and Slate.
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