Announcing the Bruno Fellowship

Posted on 16/03/2020

The inaugural Bruno Fellowship is a nine-month reporting opportunity for an early to mid-career journalist, sponsored by Martin Walker’s Bruno Foundation and facilitated by Coda Story.

The Fellowship will fund one ambitious investigative project culminating in a single story or series of impactful stories, unearthing information that powerful forces do not want to see the light of day. At Coda Story, journalists exclusively cover three subjects: disinformation, the war on science, and authoritarian tech, and the Bruno pitch must fit one or more of those categories.

This $16,000 grant covers compensation and travel expenses for a period of six months’ reporting and two-three months for the story to go through the editing process. Throughout the fellowship, the reporter will benefit from mentorship, guidance and editorial support from Coda’s editors, and is an opportunity designed to allow young journalists the time, funding and space to report deeply on the stories that matter. Coda envision the result as a text piece between 7,000-9,000 words, but as a format agnostic organization, we are open to ideas on how the story can be produced across multiple platforms. We will work with the journalist to fund and produce any multimedia elements the story demands.

This fellowship is sponsored by the Bruno Foundation, set up by journalist and FBA author Martin Walker. Walker is a celebrated international reporter, historian and author of the immensely popular Bruno detective series. Bruno’s eponymous protagonist has a distinct sense of justice, intrigue, and tenacity – traits the Bruno Fellowship celebrates.

While there is no age limit, the fellowship is intended for applicants in the early/mid stage of their career, with at least 5 years’ reporting experience and a track record of reported pieces in English. They can be from anywhere in the world, but must have excellent written and spoken English. We strongly encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and other individuals who are under-represented in journalism.

To apply, please fill in this Google Form, which will ask you to submit:

  • A detailed 1-page pitch, up to 600 words, outlining access, why your story matters, why it’s a Coda story and which of our beats (authoritarian tech, disinformation, the war on science) it fits, as well as potential characters, how and where it has been previously covered (and how you’re moving it on) and why you’re the right person to execute it.
  • A 1-page reporting plan and skeleton timeline of how you’ll execute the story, outlining any travel you intend to do.
  • A rough budget for any travel, reporting and research expenses.
  • A 1-page resume.
  • A brief cover letter indicating why the fellowship is right for you.
  • Up to three of your best published clips.

(All files should be uploaded to the Google Form in .pdf format, at no more than 5MB each, with the naming convention LASTNAME_Documentname. Please note we prefer you to submit using Google Forms, here. However, if you do not have a Google account, you may email your files to using the subject line BrunoFellow_Lastname.)

The deadline to submit is Sunday, 29 March, 2020, at 11.59pm EST.

Interviews with finalists will be held in mid-April, and the fellowship will begin in May/June 2020.

The multi-million selling Bruno, Chief of Police series began in 2008 with Death in the Dordogne.

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