International journalists will create pivotal works in 10-week fellowships at the Carey Institute
Rensselarville, N.Y.— Upstate New York will be home to 19 celebrated journalists this fall as the Logan Nonfiction Program welcomes its fifth class of fellows to the Carey Institute for Global Good. Traveling to Rensselaerville from around the world, the writers will pursue work on critical longform articles, books, and documentaries beginning October 15 and lasting as long as 10 weeks.
“With each new class of fellows, we are supporting some of the most critically important, independent voices in print and film today,” says Tom Jennings, director of the Logan Nonfiction Program. “For them, being given a beautiful, quiet place to concentrate for extended periods is rare. But we’ve seen how dramatic the results can be with the subsequent completion of books, investigative nonfiction articles, and documentaries.”
The fellows’ projects are diverse and provide deep, fact-based reporting in a media climate focused on the quick and sensational. The projects include one reporter retelling how he went undercover as a guard in a private, maximum security prison in Louisiana; a book about Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s unprecedented crackdown on illegal immigration in Arizona; a book about the cost and future of fast fashion; and a documentary focused on a class of German middle school students as they are taught about their country’s Nazi past.
World-renowned photojournalist Gary Knight will join the Fall class of fellows, along with bestselling authors Julia Flynn Siler and Dana Thomas, as well as 16 other respected journalists reporting from Kenya, Bolivia, Syria, Ukraine, Germany, Liberia, and across the United States.
The Logan Nonfiction Program is based at the Carey Institute for Global Good, a 100-acre historic estate in Rensselaerville, N.Y. Fellows are provided meals, workspace, professional advising and lodging for stays ranging from five to ten weeks. The program was founded in 2015 as part of the Carey Institute’s mission to strengthen democracy and contribute to an engaged and informed public by supporting independent journalists, writers, and documentary filmmakers focused on social, economic, environmental, and political justice issues. It is one of the only fellowships in the nation devoted exclusively to nonfiction creators.
“The Logan Nonfiction Program provides a beautiful place to think and create, and feels a world apart from the rest of life. But the company of other nonfiction writers, photographers, and filmmakers is what makes it really exceptional,” says alumnus Jonathan Meiburg, who will return to the Carey Institute this fall to complete his book about the South American members of the falcon family called caracaras. “It’s a precious thing not to feel alone when you’re doing solitary work.”
Applications for the Spring 2018 session are open through an extended deadline of October 15. Interested longform reporters working in all media are encouraged to fill out an application on the Logan Nonfiction website.
The Logan Nonfiction Program’s Advisory Board is comprised of 12 renowned journalists, including: Raney Aronson-Rath, executive producer of “Frontline,” PBS’s flagship investigative journalism series; Helene Cooper, bestselling author and Pentagon correspondent for the New York Times; Sheila Coronel, director of the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University and co-founder of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism; New York Times journalist Sheri Fink, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award; Carey Institute vice-chair Josh Friedman, a Pulitzer Prize-winner and longtime Columbia Journalism School professor; Brooke Gladstone, host and managing editor of NPR’s On the Media; Emmy-award winning documentary filmmaker and Logan Nonfiction Program Director Tom Jennings; renowned author and documentary filmmaker Sebastian Junger; award-winning film and documentary producer and director Sam Pollard; Robert J. Rosenthal, executive director of the Center for Investigative Reporting and Reveal Radio; Michael Shapiro, Columbia University professor and founder of The Big Roundtable; author and publisher Susumu Shimoyama; and Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winner Tim Weiner.
The Carey Institute for Global Good is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2012 by Wm. P. Carey and is dedicated to making the world better by contributing to a strong, educated and just society. Through its programs, the Institute strives to bring together innovative and dynamic people from around the world to seek creative solutions to the most pressing challenges of the day. Learn more at careyinstitute.org.