Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center Summer Media Fellowships 2016

Publish Date: Feb 19, 2016

Deadline: Mar 02, 2016

Think like a lawyer. Report like a journalist.

At the nation's premier environmental law school, you can enhance your journalism skills and deepen your understanding of environmental law and policy through our Summer Media Fellowships. Every summer, Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center brings together legal educators, policymakers, practicing lawyers and other leaders in their fields to share their expertise in our Summer Session. They also enjoy the beauty of our campus, the historic village of South Royalton and the natural surroundings.​​​​

Our Media Fellowships are open to full-time online, print and broadcast journalists who cover the environment, natural resources, energy, legal affairs, public health and other environment-related issues. Our Media Fellows a​udit one two-week course between June and July and have access to our distinguished faculty and visiting policy leaders. (Select your course from Terms Two, Three or Four in the Summer Session catalog.) You will receive a $1,250 stipend, free housing, free books, and a tuition waiver. Family members are welcome to join you.

You will learn from experienced litigators who have won major cases and from policy experts in climate change, energy and other key legal areas. After class, you can meet for on- or off-the-record conversations with these thought-provoking experts. You will develop new insights, meet new sources and gain a renewed enthusiasm for covering these critical issues. And after a satisfying day of seminars, conversation and professional growth, you can enjoy the wonders of Vermont by swimming, kayaking, hiking, biking, or just reading and relaxing on your front porch.

The 2016 Summer Session features courses in a variety of categories, including ethics and environmental justice, food and agriculture, energy, and environmental business. For a full listing of our 2016 summer cou​rses, faculty, and s​​chedule, visit our Summer Session pages. Media fellows also take part in the Summer Session's brown bag lunch series, "Hot Topics in Environmental Law," delivering a 45-minute, informal lecture on an environmental topic of their choosing.


Application deadline is March 2, 2016. 

Applicants should submit a résumé, two work samples, and an essay of up to 400 words describing their interest in the program. Send application materials to Maryellen Apelquist:

The purpose of the fellowships program is to sharpen journalists' skills through professional development, so they can advance public understanding of environ​​​​mental and natural resource issues and the laws and policies that affect our lives and the natural world.

Fellowships are competitive and open to staff, freelance, and independent reporters, writers, editors, and producers who are working full time as journalists. Journalism students and teachers, public relations practitioners and contributors to newsletters, magazines and other media controlled by industry, government or advocacy groups are not eligible. Fellows are selected based on the quality of their work and their ability to reach a broad audience. VLS looks for journalists who are from different geographic areas, at different career stages, in different types of media and who work for a variety of news organizations.

For more information, please contact:

Maryellen Apelquist​
Director of Communications
Phone: 802.831.1228

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