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The Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at Ohio State University is looking for innovative journalists who want to use social media to build a stronger following, develop new sources and better cover their beats. The fellowship also aims to sharpen your digital media public-affairs reporting skills, helping you hold government and institutions accountable. We'll talk Twitter, Deep Web searches, crowdsourcing, public records, spreadsheets and online data visualization.

The fellowship runs from Sunday, April 6, through Friday, April 11, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio.

If this sounds like training that will make you a more effective journalist, then please tell us more about yourself by filling out the application below. To apply, you must have at least five years of professional journalism experience.

Applications are due by Nov. 30, 2013.

Helpful hint: Once you begin the form, you must complete it (information will not be saved for a future log-in). Please allow 30-45 minutes for the application process. If you log out of the online application without completing it, you will need to start over and repeat your information.

Before you begin, you might want to put together these four pieces, which you then can copy and paste into the application:
1. A short bio (maximum of 150 words).
2. A short explanation of how the Kiplinger Fellowship would benefit you and your newsroom (maximum of 200 words).
3. Web links to three recent stories that showcase your talent.
4. Two references who know your work well (name, title, organization, email, phone).

If you have questions, please contact Kevin Z. Smith at smith.10002@osu.edu or 614-688-7464 or Robin Chenoweth at chenoweth.32@osu.edu or 614-292-1551.

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3. Race/ethnicity (select all that apply)