WITNESS 2018 Google News Lab Fellowship

WITNESS uses video to expose human rights abuse and create change. We train and equip activists and citizens all over the world to use video in their fight for human rights. On a global scale, WITNESS advocates for technology and policy change–to entities like Facebook, Google, and the International Criminal Court–so that anyone seeking to protect and defend human rights with video can do so with maximum impact and minimum risks.

As access to creating and sharing video has expanded to more people in more places, so too has the need for skills, tools, and thought leadership on creating, using, and sharing videos safely and effectively.

Fellowship Program Areas

The Google News Lab Fellow will work with the WITNESS Media Lab–a program dedicated to curating eyewitness videos of human rights abuse and creating resources and analysis to advance the use of eyewitness videos for human rights reporting and advocacy. WITNESS will tailor the fellow’s projects to suit his or her skills and areas of interest, but the fellow should bring a passion for citizen journalism and an interest in using new techniques to find and report on undercovered stories from around the world. Possible projects include:

  • Research human rights issues and events via online videos, news articles, and social media
  • Create multimedia reports highlighting a human rights issue or event
  • Write about new forms of human rights documentation for the WITNESS Media Lab blog
  • Participate in trainings, screenings, and other events that support the use of video in human rights advocacy
  • Learn new skills on verifying the authenticity of online footage
  • Contribute to planning, promotion, and production of a convening of citizen journalists and human rights activists.

The fellow will be supervised by the WITNESS Media Lab Program Manager, and will work with other WITNESS employees and possibly with external partners. The fellowship will take place at WITNESS’s Brooklyn office for 10 weeks beginning in June 2018. Fellows will receive a stipend of $9,000 and $1,000 for travel by the Google News Lab. 

Google News Lab Requirements

We’re looking for students who are passionate about reporting and the role that technology can play in the pursuit of the craft. You must be a US student or a student studying in the US with a relevant visa to qualify. That said, we welcome students from all majors and degree programs. If the following sounds like you, we encourage you to apply:

You’re excited about journalism, especially data driven journalism or freedom of expression online. You’re interested in exploring and creating business models to help the industry in the digital age.

You have an excellent academic record, and a few activities that show you’re engaged outside of school. You think analytically and have a knack for research, writing, and communication. You’re a master multitasker who works quickly, smartly, and resourcefully. Experience with a web programming language like HTML or Javascript and spreadsheet software gives you an edge.

For more information, visit https://newslab.withgoogle.com/fellowship-us.


Complete the form linked below, one entry per applicant please. Applications are due no later than 11:59 PM January 14, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; early applications are encouraged. 

Apply for a WITNESS Google News Lab Fellowship.


Send them to office@witness.org



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