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The NPR Kroc Fellowship is a year-long program designed to identify and develop the next generation of extraordinary public media journalists. It was established in 2003 through a bequest to NPR from Joan Kroc, noted philanthropist and widow of McDonald's Corporation founder, Ray A. Kroc.
Three fellows are selected each year and receive hands-on training in audio and digital journalism, including writing, reporting, producing and editing. Applicants must be recent graduates but previous journalism experience is not required. Now in its 17th year, the program has produced nearly 50 fellows, many of whom, continue to work at NPR and Member stations across the country. 
Kroc Fellows are expected to come to work every day with a hunger to learn and an ambition to pitch, report, edit and produce remarkable original stories for multiple platforms. Over the course of a year, the three Kroc Fellows get rigorous, hands-on training in every aspect of public radio journalism, both on-air and online, including writing, reporting, producing and editing.
Throughout the experience Kroc Fellows can expect to:
  • Develop audio production and writing skills, by working on an NPR program or podcast. Past fellows have worked at Weekend EditionGoats and Soda and Alt.Latino.
  • Become better reporters, writers and storytellers, by working under the guidance of skilled editors, producers and the NPR Training team.
  • Gain first-hand broadcast journalism experience, by working at an NPR Member station.
EDUCATION: College degree received between January 1 of the current year and August 31 of the next year.
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Insatiable curiosity
  • Strong interest in current events
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to collaborate with members of a cooperative team
Applications are accepted between October 15, 2020 and December 31, 2020 at Midnight ET. After the hiring team reviews the applications, finalists are selected for a round of in-person (if at all possible) interviews at NPR in late spring. Selections are made shortly thereafter.
Each completed application MUST include all of the following in ONE document and in this order:
  1. Cover letter, (addressed to the Kroc Fellowship Committee), explaining why you think you should be selected for this Fellowship 
  2. Resume
  3. Sample work reflecting remarkable initiative or accomplishment. This might be in the form of a writing sample (of 1000 words or less, please), a link to an excerpt (five minutes or so) from an audio story, video production or a musical composition, etc. or some other piece of creative work
  4. Academic transcript(s) (unofficial transcripts will be accepted)
  5. References – please include the names and contact information of two references and see additional instructions for you to share with your references below
Additional Instructions for References
Reference letters must be e-mailed to as a WORD or PDF file with applicant’s LAST NAME, FIRST NAME – KROC FELLOW APPLICANT in the subject line by Midnight ET on December 31, 2020.
*IMPORTANT NOTE – questions can be directed to but please make sure that you’ve read all of the information on the Kroc Fellowship page and FAQ before e-mailing us.
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