The 2016 Nation Student Journalism Conference

9:00am to 6:00pm, Friday, March 24, 2017
The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor, NYC

A one-day conference produced by The Nation and hosted by The New School.

Although protest events make for dramatic news as they feature conflict visually — think Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter — there is considerable research suggesting that the news stories told about protest movements are frequently inaccurate and incomplete. Deep, nuanced understandings of what drives people to protest are often lost in personality-driven, sensationalized narratives. Through rigorous reporting and contextualized political analysis, the journalists at The Nation provide a challenge to conventional accounts of the social movements that are shaping our world.

For the first time, The Nation is bringing together the next generation of independent journalists in an intimate setting to learn more about social movements, their historic and contemporary impact on electoral politics, and how journalists can better cover them. Speakers include Katrina vanden Heuvel, Ari Berman, Richard Kim, Laura Flanders, Dave Zirin, Chloe Maxmin, Sarah Leonard, Kai Wright, Julianne Hing and many others.

The conference is free for all accepted applicants. It will take place at The New School, founded in 1919, as a new kind of academic institution where faculty and students would be free to honestly and directly address problems facing societies in the 20th century.

The day will feature workshops, panels, breakout sessions, a film screening of Hot Type, a reception and two meals. A small number of travel grants and free housing spots are available. Slots are extremely limited.

1. In a cover letter of not-more-than 500 words, please tell us where you’re from, where you go to school and what you study (if applicable), why you are interested in journalism, why you want to attend this student journalism conference and if you require a transportation grant and housing. Please also send your resume and a link to one piece of journalism you’ve published. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until noon EST on Wednesday, May 4. All applications will be acknowledged, decisions will be sent on a rolling basis and all decisions will be made by Monday, May 9, at the very latest. Email applications to [email protected].

All currently matriculating undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. Young writers of college age who are not in school are also eligible to apply. Email [email protected] with any questions.

This conference has been made possible by the generosity of the Puffin Foundation.