Marguerite Casey Foundation
2017 Equal Voice Journalism Award
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“Marguerite Casey Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that all America’s families have an equal voice in the policy decisions that affect their lives.”
Marguerite Casey Foundation, in partnership with New America Media, is pleased to announce the 2017 Equal Voice Journalism Fellowship and Scholarship.


Funded by the Marguerite Casey Foundation, this offers a new opportunity for emerging and established journalists from ethnic and mainstream media who cover issues on poverty.

The fellowship aims to expand and increase the public’s understanding of poverty in the United States. Nearly 50 million Americans are struggling at or below the poverty line. That means there are 50 million stories to be told from different perspectives.

Recipients of the 2017 Journalism Fellowships and Scholarships will each write at least one in-depth story or short series that illustrates how language, culture and race influence public attitudes and policy about poor people.  

Selected journalists will receive a stipend of $2,250, plus up to $1,000 in travel reimbursement. College-enrolled student journalists may apply for the Equal Voice Scholarship, which offers $500 and up to $800 for travel.

Fellowship and scholarship stories may be video, audio, photography, text/print, or multimedia. Stories must be published by the recipient’s outlet, and freelance journalists and student applicants must find an outlet that will agree to publish/distribute your story.

Individuals selected to receive fellowships from the Foundation will be required to sign an award letter indicating their agreement to comply with the Foundation’s standard grant-making terms and conditions as a condition of receiving the fellowship.

Important Information:
-Individuals who are related (legally or by blood) to any director or officer of the Marguerite Casey Foundation or to any member of the Foundation’s Advocacy and Communications Committee are not eligible to receive a fellowship from the Foundation. However, ethnic media partners and affiliates of New America Media are eligible to apply.
-To be considered for the fellowship, your publisher or producer must agree to publish/air your story or stories.
-Deadline for application: Friday, June 30, 2017.
-Deadline for publication or broadcast: Your story or series must be completed and published or aired no later than December 30, 2017.

Marguerite Casey Foundation is dedicated to creating a movement of working families advocating on their own behalf for change. They strive to bring humility and hope to their work. Their actions are guided by the firm belief that significant positive change is not only possibly, but absolutely necessary.

For questions on the fellowship, please contact Anthony Advincula at


* 1. Applicant Name:

* 2. Mailing Address

* 3. Which Equal Voice program are you applying for?

* 4. Which of the following are you? (Check all that apply)

* 5. If you are a freelance journalist, provide the name and website of the top 3 media outlets you provided content to in the last 3 years (skip if not applicable):

* 6. If you are currently an employee of a media outlet, please select the length of time you have been with your employer. (Skip if not applicable)

* 7. If you are currently a freelance journalist, please specify the amount of time you've worked as a professional journalist. (Skip if not applicable)

* 8. If you are a currently employed by a media outlet, please provide the following information (skip if not applicable):

* 9. Past Awards/Fellowships

* 10. University/College Name (for scholarship applicants)

* 11. Brief Summary of Proposed Story or Series Topic: (Please note that you will still need to submit your full project description, 1,000 words maximum).

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