Early-Career Tips From Our MJ Bear Fellows

The 2019 MJ Bear Fellows will discuss their innovative projects such as providing live election results in 11 languages simultaneously, creating a virtual learning environment for journalists, a newsletter with resources for student journalists, an effort to give voice to women from the Deep South and efforts to focus on the human side of climate change. They'll also share tips on how early-career journalists can get buy-in on their ideas and make creative projects happen. Learn about the delicate art of getting a "yes" from newsroom leadership, potential pitfalls, creative problem-solving and more. The MJ Bear Fellowship honors six outstanding journalists under 30 each year whose innovative work in independent, community and corporate news represents the best of new media. Learn more about the MJ Bear Fellowship!

This session is designed for:

  • Early-career journalists wondering how to tackle a big project
  • Those considering applying to journalism fellowship programs who want to learn more about how to market your project
  • Anyone interested in meeting innovative emerging leaders and learning more about their ongoing work


Taylor Blatchford
News Producer, The Seattle Times
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Lance Dixon
Director, The New Tropic
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Abbey Crain
Reporter, AL.com/Reckon
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Shadab Nazmi
Visual Data Journalists, BBC News/South Asia
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Kevin Nguyen
Digital Producer, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
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Benét Wilson
Credit Cards Editor, The Points Guy

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