Knight-Wallace Arts Journalism Fellowship in Partnership with the University of Michigan Arts Initiative

Writing about the arts is critically important locally and nationally. Arts journalism introduces communities to culture-makers and their work, increases awareness about the role of arts and society, illuminates the importance of the arts in raising marginalized voices and experiences, and supports the critical role of arts in healthy and engaged communities. Societies benefit from creative, well-informed, wide-ranging arts coverage. Yet arts reporting and criticism is disappearing nationwide as newsrooms struggle financially in the face of continuing industry challenges.

In an effort to support and encourage the importance of arts journalism and the training and professional development of journalists committed to covering the arts, Wallace House Center for Journalists, in partnership with the University of Michigan Arts Initiative, seeks applications from arts journalists with 5+ years of experience to join the Knight-Wallace Fellowship for the 2024-25 academic year for a specialized Knight-Wallace Arts Journalism Fellowship.

Journalists and critics who cover any aspect of the arts are encouraged to apply. Coverage areas may include, but are not limited to: music, dance, theater and other performing arts, visual arts and museum culture, literature and poetry, film and new media, architecture and design.

The fellowship provides an opportunity to study and work within a diverse and experienced community of journalists and artists; audit university courses on various areas of arts practice, history, policy, business, economics, design, etc; pursue a long-form journalism project related to the arts; develop new journalism skills; and learn from and collaborate with preeminent scholars in various arts disciplines. 

The Knight-Wallace Arts Journalism Fellowship provides an $85,000 living stipend, $5,000 toward relocation expenses upon arrival, health insurance, tuition to audit courses in various departments across the University of Michigan, weekly seminars with guest speakers including journalists, scholars, and change-makers from various disciplines, regional and international travel, and collaborative work with the major University of Michigan artistic centers focused on arts presenting, as well as professional training, teaching, and research related to the arts.

The deadline for applications is February 1, 2024.

More information on the Knight-Wallace Arts Journalism Fellowship and how to apply here.