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Issue 3: Bankhead

We’re partnering with community members in the Grove Park and Bankhead neighborhoods to choose, report, and present journalism that residents want.

We’re asking dozens of current and former residents and stakeholders what information they need to thrive. Then, we’ll report on those stories and community members in journalism as our Fellows—no prior professional experience required. Previous Fellows have gone on to report for local and national media, including the New York Times.

We’ll publish and present those stories later this year. See how hundreds of Atlantans have already partnered to create collaborative journalism with Canopy Atlanta earlier this year in Forest Park and last year in West End.

Get paid to learn journalism side-by-side with reporters and serve your community! Canopy Atlanta is currently accepting applicants for its six-week, part-time, paid Community Journalism Fellowship.

The fellowship is open to Bankhead and Grove Park community members (including former residents) with an interest in community journalism or storytelling (through personal projects, previous training, community work, volunteering, etc.), including through writing, photography, video, or more. Previous fellows have gone on to report for local and national media, including the New York Times.

Previous journalistic work is not required. All we ask is that applicants are curious, committed, and collaborative; are research-oriented; and have an interest in collectively helping Bankhead and Grove Park residents access information that can help them thrive.

EXPECTATIONS: For six weeks, fellows are expected to contribute up to 10 hours of their time weekly. You will be paid for this work. Twice a week, you’ll be expected to meet virtually for training. The rest will be remote, just as most reporters do, covering an assignment. Along with engagement within the Canopy Atlanta reporting ecosystem, fellows should expect homework, supplementary readings and enrichment workshops.

FELLOWSHIP START DATE: mid-October–December

OUTCOMES: Fellows will train alongside journalists and receive guidance from Bankhead community members; develop their ability to access information through research, interviews, or archives; and learn tools to tell stories and report on stories that matter most to their community. You might work in written text, photography, audio, video, or illustration—all of which we’ll help you grow. We prioritize applicants with a sustained interest in civic work, and who are likely to continue reporting for their community post-Fellowship.

** Apply here **

Questions? Email us at hello@canopyatlanta.org. Want to hear how our West End Fellows from our first issue—southwest Atlanta residents trained in community journalism—felt about their experience? Read their stories here, or watch a conversation between two Fellows here.

Learn more about Canopy Atlanta and our model here, and see how we partnered with West End to produce community-led journalism here.

Join our mission in making Atlanta journalism more collaborative and equitable by supporting our work.

Questions? Email us at hello@canopyatlanta.org

West End Journalism Fellow Naya Clark talks to a voter in the neighborhood on Election Day 2020. Photo by Billy Ross.