Application Due Date: July 5, 2023
Media Fellowship Term: Fall 2023 – Fall 2024
Applications should be submitted via email to email@example.com. Complete applications should include: Proposal, Resumé, Recommenders, and Work Samples
Proposal: In no more than 1,500 words (in a document approximately three pages in 12-point font with one-inch margins), please provide the information requested below via email.
Resumé: This document should be no more than five pages and include a list of relevant published and broadcast work. It should include the story titles, publications, or outlets where the pieces appeared and the dates of publication or broadcast.
Recommenders: Please provide the name, affiliation, relationship to the applicant, and contact information of three people who are willing to write confidential letters of recommendation and who have genuine knowledge of your work. Importantly, at least one of the recommenders should be someone who has supervised your work, and one of the recommenders will be an editor or producer who is prepared to publish/disseminate the work you produce as a Media Fellow. Note: We will request letters of recommendations for finalists only; the initial application should not include these letters.
Work Samples: Please include three relevant samples of your previous work (these should not be book chapters). Broadcast journalists should submit samples that collectively run no longer than 30 minutes and provide a written synopsis for each sample and a description of their involvement in each piece.
Note: For this inaugural year of the Media Fellowship program, we are accepting applications from U.S. based journalists only.
Healing is facilitated through safety, persistence, and trust.
Resources support us as we heal. They include reframing, responsibility, and positivity. “Making connections enabled participants to acquire and refine resources and skills that were essential in their healing journey. People also brought their own personal strengths to the journey.”
“Connection to others was an essential part of all the healing journeys.” Humans are social creatures, and even the most introverted of us need close relationships. Friends and family add meaning and value to life and help support us, in good times and bad.
When we experience relational trauma, relationships can feel scary, but reestablishing safety and trust in relationships is where the healing happens. (To be clear, we do not mean reestablishing safety and trust with abusers, but rather finding other healing relationships.)
“When safety and trust had been established, people were able to connect with helpers. The nature of the behaviours of helpers that fostered healing ranged from small acts of kindness to unconditional love.”
Healing probably means different things to different people, but one definition that emerged from the study is: “The re-establishment of a sense of integrity and wholeness.”
Healing was an emergent property that resulted from each individuals’ complex healing journey, a result of bridged connections between resources and relationships. “…they gradually found relief from suffering and began to exhibit emergent characteristics: a sense of hope, self-acceptance, and a desire to help others—the immediate precursors to healing.”
In varying degrees, “they were able to transcend their suffering and in some sense to flourish.”
Suffering is the ongoing pain from wounding.
There is debate about whether or not one actually needs to experience suffering on the path to healing.
Wounding happens when we experience physical or emotional harm. It can stem from chronic illness or by physical or psychological trauma for which we do not have the tools to cope, or a combination of those factors.
“The degree and quality of suffering experienced by each individual is framed by contextual factors that include personal characteristics, timing of their initial or ongoing wounding in the developmental life cycle and prior and current relationships.”
Characteristics: How predisposed someone may be to wounding/how many tools and resources someone may have to deal with trauma/illness.
Lifestages: Developmental timing plays an important role in the impact of trauma — young children often do not have the same resources as older adults.
Relationships: Relationships can provide solace and support for those suffering, while lack of healthy relationships can prolong suffering.