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The Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative

Moment Magazine’s Daniel Pearl Journalism Investigative Initiative Announces New Funding Initiative to Expose Anti-Semitism

Moment Magazine’s Daniel Pearl Investigative Initiative, with the support of the Daniel Pearl Foundation, is pleased to announce the launch of a fellowship to support reporters pursuing investigative stories that address anti-Semitism, anti-Israel and other prejudices that threaten Jewish rights to dignity and self-determination.

“Only a few years ago it seemed as if anti-Semitism was on the wane but it’s undeniable that the Pandora’s Box of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel sentiment is now wide open both in the U.S. and much of the world,” says Moment‘s editor and publisher Nadine Epstein. “It’s part of Moment‘s position to expose this, and we are proud to do so in memory of Danny Pearl’s legacy.”

One grantee will be awarded $10,000 USD. Applicants will need to make the case for how their proposal addresses problems of anti-Semitism or anti-Israel prejudice in a new way or concentrates on an under-reported aspect of this issue.

Seasoned reporters with experience in longform journalism and investigative background are invited to submit a story proposal of no more than 800 words and a resume to dpiji@momentmag.com attn: DPIJI by December 20, 2016. Please send all applications and questions to dpiji@momentmag.com.

Moment Magazine’s Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative (DPIJI) was established in memory of the 38-year-old Wall Street Journal reporter slain by terrorists in 2002. DPIJI provides grants to journalists ages 22 to 38 to research and write in-depth stories about a modern manifestation of anti-Semitism or any other deeply engrained prejudice. Each year, Moment—with the help of an advisory board of journalists—selects one DPIJI Fellow, who receives $5,000 ($2,500 upfront and $2,500 upon publication) to produce a story. Fellows work closely with Moment editors and selected mentors to publish their completed project in Moment as well as partner media outlets. DPIJI is open to applicants of all faith backgrounds and countries. Stories must be written in English. Members of the DPIJI Advisory Board include journalists Wolf Blitzer, Sarah Breger, Nadine Epstein, Linda Feldmann, Martin Fletcher, Glenn Frankel, Robert S. Greenberger, Mary Hadar, Amy Kaslow,  Bill Kovach, Charles Lewis, Sidney Offit, Clarence Page, Steven Roberts, Amy E. Schwartz, Robert Siegel, Paul Steiger and Lynn Sweet.

Moment Magazine was founded in 1975 by late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel and the late writer Leonard Fein. It is led by Nadine Epstein, its editor and publisher, who established the DPIJI in 2010 with the help of Ruth and Judea Pearl and Wall Street Journal reporter Robert S. Greenberger. Moment—an award-winning independent North American magazine that covers the Jewish world and beyond—is a forum for a diverse range thought and is dedicated to combatting prejudice of all kinds. If you’d like to learn more about Moment, click here to receive a free print or digital issue.

Eve-Fairbanks

“The [DPIJI Fellowship] goes above and beyond other similar reporting grants in the partnership with experienced editors—my editing partners helped take my piece from routine to outstanding. The efforts the Moment staff made to publicize my story helped it get one of the biggest audiences of any story of my career, setting me up to get more great work. “—Eve Fairbanks,  2013 DPIJI fellow & author of A House Divided

    

Application process:

To apply, please send an email to dpiji@momentmag.com including:

  • Your name, date of birth and contact information
  • Your resume
  • Three clips from a print or digital publication, including at least one long-form story
  • A description of your story proposal, including how you plan to execute it
  • Two recommendations, one from an editor about your work as a journalist, and one from a journalist or scholar about the content of your proposal.

DEADLINE: March 15, 2017

List of Selected Previous DPIJI Stories:

Birthright Denied by Jacob Kushner, (September/October 2015) reported on the Dominican Republic’s efforts to take away citizenship from tens of thousands of Haitians who were born in the country—a decision that reminded some as “uncomfortably similar to the Nuremburg Laws—which codified Hitler’s racial ideology, depriving German-born Jews of German citizenship.” http://www.momentmag.com/birthright-denied/

A House Divided, by Eve Fairbanks (May/June 2013), which tells the story of the integration and subsequent re-segregation of the dorms at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein and how racial attitudes changed on both sides as they did. (http://www.momentmag.com/a-house-divided/). Her story was nominated for the Livingston Award.

The New Normal by DPIJI finalist Brian Schaefer, which explored the roots of prejudice against homosexuals in Judaism and gay life in Israel. His story was nominated for the Livingston Award. (http://www.momentmag.com/the-new-normal/)

An Olympian Struggle, by Emily K. Alhadeff, (July/August 2012), told about the nation’s first and only boycott of Israeli products by a food co-op and the fierce personal, community and legal battle it ignited in Olympia, Washington, the hometown of Rachel Corrie.

About Moment:  For more than four decades, Moment readers have participated in a spirited conversation about life from a Jewish perspective—a conversation that started more than 5,000 years ago. They like us because we’re different—we’re non-denominational, totally independent, and utterly committed to excellent journalism. We transcend ideology and allow for a genuine exchange of ideas. We’re always up-to-date in the latest in Jewish culture, politics and religion. Moment was founded in 1975 by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel and writer Leonard Fein. It’s editor and publisher today is journalist Nadine Epstein.

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