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.
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Kayla Christopherson is the Program Associate for Systems Thinking at The New School’s Journalism + Design program. Originally from the Midwest, she received her Masters of Sustainable Peacebuilding from UW-Milwaukee in 2016. In her current role, she creates and facilitates workshops for practicing journalists that equip them with systems thinking tools and mindsets to strategically understand and articulate imbalances of power. With a passion for cross-sector collaboration and community engagement, Kayla has rooted her work in participatory practices that connect journalists with their constituents so that they may address the complex issues in their communities. Prior to her position at The New School, she worked for the Eisenhower Center, a Milwaukee-based nonprofit serving people with disabilities, was a graduate fellow for the Alliance for Middle East Peace, and completed her fieldwork with International Peace Initiatives in Meru, Kenya. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her cat, re-watching Parks & Recreation, and searching for the best pizza in Brooklyn.
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.
Lucille (Lucy) Crelli is a social impact designer who applies design-thinking strategy and visual design to the pressing social justice issues of today. She is a recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Apparel Design and a concentration in Race, Sexuality, and Gender. She uses her social design, artwork, and curiosity to investigate grassroots organization and the role of art/design in developing cultural change that ultimately affects public policy. Her past experience includes sexual violence prevention, art empowerment research with female refugees, global service-learning education, and a career readiness social enterprise for teenagers. On any given day you can find her listening to true crime podcasts, eating an excessive amount of chocolate, and changing her hairstyle every few hours.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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