15 JANUARY 2019 / The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Supports Journalism in Greece through a Scholarship Program in Collaboration with the Columbia University School of Journalism

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) announced a call for applications for the scholarship program for Greek journalists offered in collaboration with the Columbia University School of Journalism.

The event was moderated by Anna-Kynthia Bousdoukou, journalist and advisor of the SNF. In addition, Janine Jaquet, Associate Dean at Columbia’s School of Journalism, participated via live link, while alumni from previous years of the program shared their experience and impressions from the program and discussed the opportunities it presented in their professional lives.

The program is part of a broader SNF effort to sustain and advance journalism, recognizing that sound, independent journalism is an indispensable prerequisite for an informed citizenry and, by extension, for the smooth functioning of democracy.

Through a three-year collaboration with the Columbia School of Journalism, the SNF supports a scholarship program for up to 18 participants every year, open to both new and experienced Greek journalists. Scholarships cover tuition fees, travel expenses, accommodation, and food.

The aim of the program is to equip scholars with relevant skills to develop the quality of their work and to contribute to the elevation of the practice of journalism in Greece.
Scholarships are offered for the following three courses by the Columbia’s School of Journalism:

Journalism Video Workshop (Duration: June 10-28, 2019): This course focuses on how to conceive and structure a story, how to handle a camera, how to use post-production software, and on how to combine audio and video visual components to deliver a story.

Summer Investigative Reporting (Duration: July 8-26, 2019): Participants will examine the structured process of investigative journalism and will learn to identify long-term projects and constantly check the hypothesis on which they base their research. Particular emphasis is given to the means journalists use to perform research at a local level.

The Lede Program (Duration: May 24-August 15, 2019): An intensive, post-bac certification program, designed to equip journalists with the computational skills needed to turn data into narrative. The program offers a balanced approach between practical, real-world knowledge and the theory of computer science that candidates will need in order to develop their coding skills.

The last day to apply for the programs is March 1st, 2019.

The SNF is not involved in the process of candidate selection and evaluation, for which Columbia University is solely responsible.

To date, the SNF has enabled 36 students to attend postgraduate programs at the Columbia’s School of Journalism. The experience of previous scholars, as described by them, has been overwhelmingly positive and has greatly enhanced their professional self-esteem. You can find a relevant video here.

The scholarship program offered in collaboration with Columbia University is one of a series of programs supported or initiated by the SNF, aiming to connect—at an international level—aspiring or professional journalists with experts in the field and to equip them with the skills necessary to further develop their work.

As part of these initiatives, a series of partnerships has been established with a wide range of partners in addition to Columbia University, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa.

Guided by a long-term vision for contributing to the elevation of journalistic practice in Greece, the SNF supports the creation of a new nonprofit organization, iMEdD (the Incubator for Media Education and Development). The organization, based in Athens, aims to promote innovation, independence, and excellence in the field of journalism. Additional information about iMEdD’s programming and upcoming events will be announced shortly.

For more information about the SNF’s Scholarship Program at Columbia University please click here.