Logan Nonfiction Program Opens Spring 2018 Applications


Longform journalists from around the world invited to apply by October 15

Rensselaerville, N.Y. – The Logan Nonfiction Program is currently accepting applications for its Spring 2018 fellowship. Writers, documentary filmmakers, photographers, and multimedia reporters working on longform projects are invited to apply. The program provides fellows with meals, workspace, professional advising, and lodging on the Carey Institute’s 100-acre historic estate in upstate New York.

The Logan Nonfiction Program seeks to strengthen democracy and contribute to an engaged and informed public by supporting fact-based reporting on social, economic, environmental, and political topics. Selected fellows assemble at the Institute for periods of five weeks to three months to work on books, articles, films, and multimedia pieces whose socially relevant subjects advance dialogue on the most pressing issues of the day.

“We’re an advocate for complex, longform journalism and we support nonfiction writers and filmmakers who work independently – whether literally or in the spirit of independent inquiry,” says Tom Jennings, Director of the Logan Nonfiction Program. “If you choose to apply for the fellowship, you should know that Carey is an influence-free zone. Journalistic investigation and its free expression is celebrated here.”

The judging committee makes selection decisions based on the quality, relevance, and promise of applicants’ works as well as their professional experience. During their time as Logan Nonfiction fellows, alumni have produced pieces with subjects as diverse as the psychological aftermath of war; the ecological crisis occurring in the Great Lakes; the lives of a community of rag pickers on the largest garbage mountain in the world; the cultural life of Kabul; and elder abuse and justice in America.

“The Logan Nonfiction Program offers a unique residency to longform nonfiction writers and documentary filmmakers,” says alumna Emma Beals, an award-winning investigative journalist working on a book that examines how Syria’s war led to the rise of far-right movements in the U.S. “The generosity of the Logan family and the Carey Institute allows those of us undertaking this solitary work the chance to focus on our projects in the company of other professionals. Deeply-reported journalism is needed more than ever, and the fellowship and support offered by the Logan Nonfiction Program—not to mention the inspiring woodland location—is a critical component in completing this work.”

Applications for the Spring 2018 class are open through October 15, 2017. Interested candidates may apply on the Carey Institute website. Questions should be directed to nonfiction@careyinstitute.org.

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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, board member and executive producer at the Center for Investigative Reporting; Michael Shapiro, Columbia University professor and founder of The Big Roundtable; and author and publisher Susumu Shimoyama.

The Logan Nonfiction Program receives primary funding from the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation and is also supported by the European Journalism Centre and the Lawrence Grauman, Jr. Trust.

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.