Spencer, Columbia, & Me
So far, at least, this Spencer Education Journalism Fellowship gig at Columbia is pretty amazing. I don't think I've ever been treated this well or been given so much support. Except by mom, of course. Well, it's close.
Read below to read all the fawning details.
There's open access to Columbia University courses (Lemann, Henig, etc). A hot-shot advisor (LynNell Hancock, Sam Freedman, etc.). A $tipend. A travel allowan$e. Cheap health insurance. A monthly seminar with other education journalists. A cubicle. A personal attendant. No, not that last one. This thing is gold plated.
Even without the personal attendant, it's one of the most lavish
journalism fellowships out there compared to similar beat-specific
fellowships (Knight Bagehot for business reporters) or bigtime
fellowships like the Nieman or the Knight Fellowship (where the
Tribune's Stephanie Banchero is currently taking seminars and playing
Frisbee). And -- unlike the other fellowships which prohibit writing
-- you do a real project during your time here and come away with what
should be a great clip.
Much to recommend it. Little to detract. Apply now
--before they realize that they could probably get you to sign up for
much less money or come up with all sorts of rules and requirements.
As it stands, you don't even have to be a journalist to be eligible, or
go to class or do any work or anything! Just joking about that last
This advertisement has been paid for and approved by the Spencer Foundation and the Journalism School at Columbia University.