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As part of the fellowship, you will participate in the AP-NORC Center’s ongoing Working Longer survey research project and have the opportunity to produce reporting projects for AP.

Approximately 40 percent of your time will be devoted to education and skill development activities, including formal and informal training in economics and social science research methods to facilitate data-driven journalism.

The other 60 percent of your time will be spent developing in-depth reporting projects where you will obtain hands-on experience with the assistance of AP, NORC, and University of Chicago senior staff. In collaboration with AP-NORC senior staff, you will develop a set of working goals for the term of the fellowship. Successful achievement of these mutually agreed upon goals will be awarded with a performance bonus.

Department: AP-NORC Center 

The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research was created to join the expertise of NORC, one of the world’s premier independent research organizations, with The AP, which provides news seen every day over all media platforms and formats by more than half of the world’s population. This combination of rigorous, objective research and reliable, unbiased journalism has unmatched potential to reach both broad audiences and policy makers at every governmental level, creating a seamless transition from the gathering of survey-based information to a more fully-informed society.


You will work with an AP editor to develop innovative reporting projects around the economics of working longer. The AP’s editor will expect you to produce a regular flow of journalistic activity, but at a level appropriate for someone devoted to working mostly on enterprise activities rather than someone assigned to produce spot news on a daily basis. Thoughtful news coverage requires more time than the more superficial stories that dominate most coverage of this issue; this fellowship is designed to give you the time, resources, and training to support more in-depth and harder-hitting news coverage.

Required skills:

  • Must be a journalist with at least five years of experience. Journalists working in text, radio, television, and online are eligible to apply.
  • Must demonstrate interest in reporting on issues of the aging population, with some experience reporting on business and economics.
  • Should have a track record that demonstrates ability to translate economic and academic research into journalism. Formal training or experience in economics or social science research methods would be beneficial, but is not required.
  • Should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Must be willing to relocate to Chicago. Consideration will be given to a highly qualified fellow who wishes to work in Washington, DC, instead of Chicago.
  • Relocation support is available. NORC will provide office space on the University of Chicago campus.
  • The fellow is expected to begin work and training in September 2018.

How to apply:

  • The deadline for applying is April 2, 2018.
  • Candidates will need to submit a resume/CV.
  • Finalists will be asked for a personal statement, a proposal for research, work samples, and three letters of recommendation. One of the letters of recommendation should come from your current supervisor. Freelancers should submit at recommendation from a recent editor.

Apply via the NORC website here.

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