Applications Open for the Higher Education Media Fellowship

Applications are now open for the Higher Education Media Fellowship. Selected Fellows are awarded $10,000—$5,000 as a stipend and $5,000 towards a reporting project focused on postsecondary career and technical education (CTE).

The Higher Education Media Fellowship at the Institute for Citizens & Scholars aims to increase the number of journalists with the tools and networks to provide richer and more comprehensive coverage of postsecondary education, particularly career and technical education. The Fellowship program is sponsored by the ECMC Foundation and administered by the Institute for Citizens & Scholars. 

The six-month, non-residential program begins with an expense-paid symposium where Fellows learn about the CTE field, gain professional development, and work with peers and mentors. 
The HEM Fellowship is open to all U.S. journalists who are education, business, investigative, or workforce reporters or have work experience that includes reporting on education and associated work force development, social, or public policy issues. The Fellowships is open to journalists working in any medium. 

The application deadline is August 5, 2022.

For more information, visit the Higher Education Media Fellowship webpage.

Journalism Trust Initiative to Host Virtual Event on June 15

Join the Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI) on June 15 to discuss a new project which aims to put Colorado newsrooms on the forefront of local news innovation.

is an international effort to identify news sources that adhere to professional, industry standards for independent journalism reporting and transparency in a way that is more clearly distinguishable — by humans and by algorithms — as separate and apart from opaque or partisan news sources, community-created content, and other types of information.

This summer, Colorado will become the first state in the nation to pilot the JTI on a statewide scale — starting with a pilot cohort of up to 12 local newsrooms that will receive technical support to complete the JTI self-assessment and strengthen or develop editorial guidelines that help build community trust. JTI is a project of Reporters Without Borders, which works for journalistic freedom, independence and pluralism all over the world.

The Journalism Trust Initiative: Colorado is presented in partnership with the Colorado News Collaborative, the Colorado Press Association and Colorado Media Project; JTI has hired local news and higher education leader Beth Potter to provide hands-on assistance to Colorado newsrooms in the pilot cohort and others over the year to come.

For more information about the event, visit Eventbrite and register online.

PHOTOS: SPJ Region 9 Conference

SPJ Pro Colorado Chapter Seeks Board Nominations

Deb Hurley Brobst. the elections chair for the Colorado Professional Chapter of SPJ, is calling for self-nominations for the five positions up for election on the board in 2022: four directors at-large and the secretary.
Board meetings are held monthly. Board members may reside anywhere in Colorado, and must be members in good standing with national SPJ and the Colorado Professional Chapter.
To indicate your willingness to run for a position and to serve on the board, please e-mail Deb at with your name, the position you are interested in, a photo, a biography of no more than 250 words, and a statement of no more than 200 words explaining why you want to be on the board. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, May 27.

If more than four people indicate their interest in serving on the board of directors or if two or more people indicate their interest in serving as secretary, election information will be e-mailed to all members of Colorado Pro on Wednesday, June 1, and members will have until 5 p.m. June 4 to cast their ballot. If there are no contested elections, I will declare those who have self-nominated to be new members of the board.
If you have any questions about the process, the duties or how you can get involved with Colorado Pro — whether as a board member or as a volunteer — please contact Deb at 303-601-8098 or at

Position: Secretary
Term of office:
2 years
Duties: The secretary maintains a log including meeting dates, meeting minutes, pertinent business transacted; maintains an up-to-date roster of all members with notation of their status regarding local and national dues; sends out meeting notices and other communications as directed by the president or as required by the national Society.
Position: Members of the board of directors
Term of office: 2 years
4 positions are open
Duties: The board is responsible for the general direction and planning of chapter activities. Board members are required to attend board meetings and participate in the chapter’s professional development programming.

Society of Professional Journalists Colorado Pro Chapter announce Top of the Rockies Award Recipients

The 2022 Top of the Rockies journalism contest awards were announced at a reception April 9 at the Denver Press Club.

Seventy-five media outlets plus a dozen freelancers from Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico entered this year’s contest, submitting 1,507 entries, an increase of 15% over the 2021 contest. The contest is sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists’ professional chapters in the four states and is administered by the Colorado Pro chapter.

“Top of the Rockies showcases the best in journalism from 2021, and it is evident that journalists in the four-state region are doing excellent work,” said Deb Hurley Brobst, the contest coordinator. “Every year, I am thrilled at the strong news reporting, feature writing, photography and design that is taking place in cities of all sizes in our region.”

The full list of winners can be viewed below.