Earlier this morning The Boston Globe today announced the Spotlight Investigative Journalism Fellowship aimed at supporting the work of investigative journalists. Funded by Participant Media and Open Road Films with support from First Look Media, a $100,000 fellowship will be awarded to an individual or team of journalists to provide resources and support to pursue an in-depth investigative story with the opportunity to publish it in The Boston Globe.
The creation of the fellowship is inspired by The Boston Globe Spotlight Team’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church as portrayed in the critically acclaimed feature film Spotlight.
“The Boston Globe has an unwavering commitment to produce high-impact investigative stories that pierce secrecy and shine a light on issues, individuals, and institutions to expose the truth,” said Brian McGrory, Boston Globe editor. “Whether it is the Spotlight Team’s investigation of the Catholic Church in 2002; its relentless reporting of the criminal dealings of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger and his ties to federal law enforcement; or its most recent report on hospitals where doctors are running two surgeries at once, accountability reporting is an integral part of The Boston Globe’s daily coverage.”
“Without the brave and tenacious work of the reporters on the Spotlight Team, the true scope of the story might never have been told,” said Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films. “Pursuing a story to its end takes time and resources not often available to journalists; the fellowship will enable another important story and critical issue to reach citizens.”
“What Spotlight does so beautifully is show the critical role that journalists play in helping society hold institutions accountable for their actions,” said Jonathan King, EVP of Narrative Films at Participant Media. “We’re proud to honor the work of the Spotlight Team and support the efforts of investigative journalism through the fellowship.”
“Good storytelling can be engaging and provocative but its real power is ignited when a unique perspective on an issue inspires people to create change,” said Michael Bloom, president of First Look Media. “We are deeply committed to supporting fearless investigative journalism at First Look Media through The Intercept, and are thrilled to support the Spotlight Team and the winners through this fellowship.”
The Spotlight Investigative Journalism Fellowship is available to journalists with a substantive body of work published in major media outlets. Story submissions should have a U.S. domestic focus and be of public interest.
Consideration will be given for proposals that investigate serious wrongdoing and abuse of power in the public or private sectors. The program will be driven by The Boston Globe with the fellow(s) chosen by a committee composed of current and former Boston Globe reporters, editors, and others, including editor in chief of First Look Media’s The Intercept. As part of the fellowship, the fellow(s) will collaborate with an investigative journalist from The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team. They will also receive support and guidance from the Globe’s editorial team as well as the First Look Media team.
Submissions are open starting today and will be accepted through February 29, 2016 at spotlightfellowship.com. The fellow will be announced in the summer of 2016.
The name may “Spotlight” might sound familiar at the moment, since it is now a hit film starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d’Arcy James, and Billy Crudup.
The film tells the true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, its year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s Catholic archdiocese, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Tom McCarthy, Spotlight is a tense investigative thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest crime stories in modern times.