The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale brings journalists who are currently employed in print, broadcast and multimedia outlets to campus to share insights about their profession and topics of their work with Yale students. Several Poynter Fellows of recent note include Brandon Stanton, acclaimed photographer and founder of Humans of New York; Mara Liasson, NPR National Political Correspondent; and Chuck Todd, moderator for Meet the Press. There are a variety of ways in which a Poynter Fellow can engage with the campus community such as a classroom discussion, public lecture, college tea, or over an informal meal with a small group. As long as interaction with students is part of the journalist’s experience at Yale, Poynter can help support their engagement on campus.
The Poynter Fellowship Committee will review all proposals from faculty members and student organizations. Once the committee approves a proposal, the Poynter Fellowship will provide funding to support the visit.
Typically, the Poynter Fellowship provides $1,000-$5,000 that can be used to cover expenses such as honoraria, travel, accommodations, promotional materials, audiovisual support and catering for a single speaking engagement. The Office of Public Affairs and Communications assists with publicity efforts through print and digital advertising. Additional funding requests are also considered, depending on the scope and complexity of the proposed visit.
For 2016-2017, Poynter particularly seeks to encourage events, including panels, in which faculty members play roles as moderators and/or leaders of discussion. Large-scale or multi-session events may be eligible for substantially more support than listed above as typical.