Shift Press Fellowship 2020

The Shift Press Fellowship is a 10-week paid fellowship for Houston-area youth to develop journalistic and critical thinking skills. By the end of the fellowship, each fellow is expected to have contributed at least five written pieces. These pieces may come in the form of reporting, op-eds, and investigative journalism as well as more personal writing.


All high-school aged students currently residing in the Greater Houston area are eligible to apply for the fellowship.

Each fellow is expected to commit at least 25 hours each week to the fellowship. If the fellow is in school at the time, the time requirement will be relaxed. Fellows are required to meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 90 minutes each week.

No, there is no required minimum GPA. No resume. No class ranking. No letter(s) of recommendation.

We are looking for...

We are looking for Greater Houston area high school students who are passionate about this city! No journalistic experience? No problem. Our curriculum is focused on explaining the fundamentals of journalism and research. We are looking for people who are looking to grow.


Fellows will receive a $1000 stipend for the 10 week fellowship.


July 22, 2020: Application released

July 29, 2020, 11:59PM CT: Application closes

July 31 - August 2, 2020: Interviews take place

Week of August 3, 2020: Fellows are notified

August 10, 2020: Fellowship starts

October 16, 2020: Fellowship ends

Tentative Program Schedule

  • Monday: Theory/Concept Day
  • Wednesday: Newsroom Day
  • Friday: Guest Speaker Day

Week 1: Brave Space, Journalism of Attachment

Week 2: Journalism

Week 3: Root Cause Analysis

Week 4: Journalism Research (part 1)

Week 5: Journalism Research (part 2)

Week 6: Ethics in Journalism

Week 7-10: To be determined by the fellows

Where to Apply

Shift Press Fellowship Application

If you would like to download the detailed Fellowship Application, download here.

For questions about the Fellowship...

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