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Texas Scorecard Journalism Fellowship

The Texas Scorecard Journalism Fellowship is a comprehensive fellowship program designed for conservative Texans under the age of 25 with an interest in public policy, effective civic engagement, political accountability, and Texas history. Texas Scorecard’s Fellowship will direct these interests towards the activities of Texas government, the upcoming legislative session, and other current events. Applicants need only demonstrate a commitment to foundational conservative principles, strong character, and a committed work ethic in order to be competitive. 

At the end of the program, the ideal participant will walk away equipped with the knowledge and skills to effectively and meaningfully communicate through multiple media formats the public policy process of the State of Texas. 

The Spring 2021 Fellowship program runs from Dec. 14-Dec. 18, and Jan. 4- May 31.

The deadline to apply is October 15, 2020.

Our Culture

At Texas Scorecard, we will…

  • Never take political actions personally, never make politics personal.
  • Always be factual.
  • Stay mission focused.
  • Be citizen-driven.
  • Be happy warriors.
  • Act systemically and generationally.
  • Be strategic and disciplined.

Details

The Texas Scorecard Journalism Fellowship is a paid, full-time commitment during the spring of 2021, located at the Texas Scorecard headquarters in Central Texas. The dates of the fellowship are Dec. 14 through Dec. 18, and Jan. 4- through May 31.

Fellows will work four days a week alongside senior Texas Scorecard staff to research and develop content for Texas Scorecard, a news publication that seeks to educate and inspire Texans to exercise effective citizenship and advance self-governance. Fellows will be expected to write and develop their own content under the mentorship of senior staff, in addition to assisting other staff members with research or additional content.

The fifth day of the week will feature seminars where fellows will be taught the skills and knowledge they need to be effective communicators of, and participants, in the public policy process. 

The knowledge-based seminars are designed to provide fellows with an in-depth understanding of our system of self-governance and Texas’ political history, coupled with practical insights into the processes of state and local public policy.

The skills-based seminars will equip fellows with tools useful to communicate public policy and enact political change, including political writing, speech-giving, bill analysis, communications strategy, and effective citizenship.

In addition to the work that fellows will do with senior staff and the educational seminars they will participate in, fellows will also be taken on excursions to recreational sites in the central Texas area as well as historical and political attractions across Texas. 

Fellows will be paid a $10,000 stipend in 5 installments for the duration of their fellowship.

F.A.Q.

Why should I choose to dedicate my spring to the Texas Scorecard Journalism Fellowship?

The fellowship is the first program of its kind in the State of Texas designed to form and equip young activists with the tools and knowledge they need to become effective communicators about the public policy process of our beloved state. Upon its conclusion, fellows will possess a caliber of political experience and knowledge that normally requires years of full-time employment to develop. This invaluable toolkit will allow them to be real changemakers in their communities and make them top-tier recruits for Texas Scorecard and allied organizations looking to hold state and local officials accountable.

How do I apply?

Details for the application can be found at this link. The deadline to apply is October 15, 2020. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis, and preference will be given to applications submitted earlier in the timeline.  

Who is this fellowship for?

The Texas Scorecard Journalism Fellowship is designed to identify, equip, and train young Texans to be effective communicators to the citizens of Texas. To this end, applicants need only demonstrate a commitment to foundational conservative principles, strong character, and a committed work ethic in order to be competitive. 

Previous political experience, academic achievement, writing skills, or even enrollment in college are not priorities for acceptance into this program. Preference will be given to candidates seeking full-time employment in the public policy and journalism space rather than those seeking admission to graduate school or employment in other fields. 

When will I be notified about my application status?

All candidates will be notified about their acceptance or rejection from the fellowship in late-October.

Will Texas Scorecard pay for my travel to Central Texas or any other incidentals?

No. The $10,000 stipend (paid in 5 installments) for participation in the Texas Scorecard Journalism Fellowship will be the only guaranteed financial compensation given to fellows. 

Can non-Texans apply?

Yes!

Can I take classes while participating in the Texas Scorecard Journalism Fellowship? 

The fellowship requires full-time, in-person attendance at the Texas Scorecard headquarters during the week and occasional special events on weekends for the duration of the program. However, fellows will be permitted to, within reason, schedule segments of the workday to attend online classes. 

What is the time commitment?

Fellows will be expected to arrive at the office between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. on all weekdays and can expect to conclude their daily duties between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. However, because news and the events of the Texas Legislature never sleep, fellows may be required to work odd hours at various points during the program.

Will I need a car?

Fellows will be expected to make trips to the Texas Capitol and other newsworthy locations during their fellowship. Having access to a motor vehicle will be helpful.