This grant, a collaboration with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, aims to promote international reporting by Chicago and Midwestern journalists.
We are now taking applications for the 2022-23 Longworth Fellowship. The application deadline is May 2. The fellowships are made possible by a grant from The Clinton Family Fund to honor Richard C. Longworth, a former Chicago Tribune foreign correspondent and now Distinguished Fellow at the Chicago Council. Two $10,000 fellowships are awarded each year to journalists focusing on global issues that affect Chicago and Midwestern readers and viewers. The winners will be announced in June.
“Financial pressures have hit Chicago and Midwestern media, especially newspapers, hard,” Longworth said. “One result has been the virtual abandonment of foreign reporting, at a time when foreign events—in China, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia—have an increasing impact on our lives.”
“Once, correspondents told local readers and viewers what the news from abroad meant to them,” he said. “Now, not one newspaper or other outlet in our region has even one foreign correspondent on its staff, and so this local tie is lost. Our democracy depends on an informed electorate, which fails when nobody is doing the informing.”