Logan Nonfiction Program Announces 10th Class of Journalism & Documentary Fellows


24 nonfiction storytellers from six countries arrive at upstate campus

RENSSELAERVILLE, N.Y.—The Logan Nonfiction Program welcomes its 10th class of fellows to the upstate New York campus at the Carey Institute for Global Good this spring, with 24 celebrated journalists and documentary filmmakers set to arrive on February 17. The fellows will work on critical long-form investigative articles, books and documentary films over the 10-week residency period.

“We are thrilled to welcome these courageous reporters and filmmakers to our campus,” said Carly Willsie, program manager for the Logan Nonfiction fellowship. “Since our founding in 2015, we’ve supported some of the most independent and innovative nonfiction storytellers working in media today. This class continues that legacy, and we’re excited to play a role in the development of their groundbreaking books and films.”

The Logan Nonfiction Program has supported more than 150 independent journalists. Among the incoming fellows are several Pulitzer Prize winners; a documentarian who coproduced an Academy Award-winning film; a George Polk Award winner; and an Emmy Award nominee.

Arriving at the Carey Institute from six different countries across the world, the fellows include Taiwanese American filmmaker Norbert Sheih, listed on Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film”; Judith Matloff, seasoned foreign correspondent and Columbia Journalism School professor; Christopher Cox, editor and winner of the PEN Literary Award for Journalism; and Jim Morris, executive editor of the Center for Public Integrity. The fellows of this class will be reporting on a diverse range of topics including Chinese tourists traveling to America to give birth; Somali refugees in Minneapolis; the story of an African American man born into slavery who became the world’s first self-described “drag queen”; and California’s female inmate firefighters.

Applications are open for the fall 2020 session, which begins in October. Nonfiction writers, documentary filmmakers, photojournalists, podcasters and multimedia creators at work on

deeply reported projects are invited to apply by June 1. The program provides fellows with lodging, meals, professional guidance and community for up to 10 weeks on the Carey Institute’s 100-acre historic estate in upstate New York.

Primary funding for the Logan Nonfiction Program is provided by the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation. Additional foundation support for the fellowship is provided by the Open Society Foundations.

The Logan Nonfiction Program’s mission is to empower nonfiction writers, documentary filmmakers, photojournalists and multimedia creators to complete the essential work vital to an informed democracy. Logan Nonfiction fellows are known for bravely revealing inequality, illuminating untold truths and investigating the most pressing issues of the day through long-form narrative.

The Jonathan Logan Family Foundation supports organizations that advance social justice by empowering world-changing work in investigative journalism, arts and culture, and documentary film.