Higher Ed Media Fellowship

Shaping Understanding of Higher Education

Journalists and the media play a critical role in shaping public understanding of the role of higher education in shaping the next generation of citizens. However, the resources needed to produce high-quality reporting on pressing education issues have been declining for years. Higher Ed Media Fellows are journalists interested in diving deeper into underreported issues in higher education.

The Fellowship currently focuses on issues related to post-secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE), with topics including data sourcing and analysis, best practices for solutions journalism, and the intersection of postsecondary education and civic learning. The Fellowship is funded by the ECMC Foundation. Funding is awarded every year to early and mid-career journalists completing CTE reporting projects. As part of the program, Fellows will attend a symposium to build their knowledge and further develop their craft.


U.S. newsroom employment has fallen 26% since 2008


62 Fellows from print, online, TV, and radio outlets across the country


80+ articles or reports published, elevating public understanding of higher ed issues

This fellowship program not only sparked new reporting and exploration, but served as a mid-career shot in the arm in terms of professional development and connecting with fellow journalists, as well as with experts in the field.

Adam Bruns
Adam Bruns 2021 Fellow

The Award

  • Each ECMC Foundation Fellow in the Higher Education Media Fellowship program will be awarded $10,000—$5,000 as a stipend and $5,000 towards the reporting project.  
  • The six-month, non-residential program begins with an expense-paid post-secondary career and technical education (CTE) symposium.  
  • Following the symposium, Fellows must complete a reporting project, such as a special report or series.  
  • Fellows will also attend a CTE Collaborative Convening hosted by the ECMC Foundation in the fall. 

Building Networks for Journalists

The CTE symposium includes dedicated activities for professional and network development. To foster a strong and collaborative community, past Fellows are invited to serve as mentors for the current class. The symposium has been designed to provide a deep and multifaceted fellowship opportunity for participants. This robust experience that will support Fellows’ personal and professional development; give Fellows the opportunity to develop and deepen relationships with one another; bolster their connections to those working in the CTE field; and provide one-on-one mentoring and additional workshops.  

The funding for this program is a part of ECMC Foundation’s CTE Leadership Collaborative, an initiative focused on bringing together diverse perspectives and equipping CTE leaders with the tools, resources, and skills needed to advance postsecondary CTE.

This is some of the best and most impactful professional development I’ve ever received.”

Higher Ed Media Fellow
Higher Ed Media Fellow

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