The 2020 Nation Student Journalism Conference
9:00am to 6:00pm, Friday, May 29, 2020
The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor, NYC
A conference produced by The Nation and hosted by The New School.
THIS CONFERENCE HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO SAFETY CONCERNS GIVEN THE CORONA PANDEMIC. STAY TUNED FOR INFORMATION ON A REIMAGINED VIRTUAL CONFERENCE.
Coverage of social movements and protest is always essential–especially now, on the cusp of the most important presidential election of our lifetimes. Yet, nuanced understanding of what leads people to participate in movements is often obscured by personality-driven or sensationalized narratives, if not outright misinformation. Through rigorous reporting, historical context, and a sense of mission, the journalists at The Nation provide a model for informed coverage of the social movements that are shaping our country and the world.
This May, building on four successful previous conferences, The Nation is bringing together the next generation of independent journalists in an intimate setting to learn more about social movements and how journalists can better cover them. Speakers including Katrina vanden Heuvel, Jimmy Tobias and Elie Mystal, will be announced shortly.
The conference is free for all accepted applicants. It takes place at The New School, founded in 1919 to advance academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. A century later, The New School remains at the forefront of innovation in higher education, inspiring more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to challenge the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media.
The day will feature workshops, panel discussions, breakout sessions, film screenings, and a reception as well as breakfast and lunch. Travel grants (within the US) and free housing spots are available. Slots are extremely limited.
1. In a cover letter of not-more-than 500 words, 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 need a transportation grant and housing. Please include your resume and either one published piece of journalism. (A reported piece from a class is also eligible.) All material should be in Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) format. All applications will be acknowledged and considered on a rolling basis until Friday, April 3. Email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All currently matriculating undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. Young writers of traditional college age not in school are also encouraged to apply. Email email@example.com with any questions.
Sponsored and hosted by The New School.
This conference has been made possible by the generosity of the Puffin Foundation.