2020 California Youth Justice Reporting Fellowship

The California bureau of The Chronicle of Social Change is looking for two working journalists from across the state to provide a local look at California’s juvenile justice system. The Chronicle will financially support fellows at two local newspapers or mainstream outlets in the state to work on in-depth reporting about county-level juvenile justice practices as well as the involvement of youth in the adult criminal justice system.


Over the past decade, the number of youth arrests in California has plummeted, as has the number of teens and young adults who are incarcerated in the state. Over the past few years, advocates in Sacramento have also helped drive a series of ground-breaking changes to California’s juvenile justice system. And with his promise to “end the juvenile justice system as we know it,” Gov. Gavin Newsom is part of a big effort to transform how the state responds to youth involved with the justice system.


Now is the time to shine a brighter light on what’s working, and what isn’t, when it comes to youth and criminal justice in California. 


Some of the critical issues we plan to delve into through this reporting project include:

  • Racism and racial disparity within the system
  • The criminalization of youth mental health
  • The transfer of kids into adult courts and prisons 
  • How counties are spending state funds that are supposed to support community programs
  • The movement to shrink and reform probation
  • What works in preventing youths from reoffending or committing crimes in the first place

About the Fellowship


The fellowship will run from April 1 through September 30. Each fellow will be paid $5,000 and is expected to produce between 3-5 quality articles within this subject area during the fellowship period.


The fellowship will begin with a series of three webinar training sessions on youth justice put together by The Chronicle’s staff. We’ll also connect you to our nationwide network of juvenile justice sources.


The fellow’s outlet will have complete republishing rights to all content produced through the fellowship. Editors will be able to share in the editing of the youth justice articles, though we are happy to handle that entirely if preferred. 


This is the second iteration of The Chronicle’s youth justice reporting fellowship. Last yearin partnership with the Watertown Daily Times, the Albany County Post, and other legacy papers in New York stateour Raise the Age Reporting Fellowship provided a state-wide look at New York’s implementation of a new law that raised the age of its juvenile justice system to age 18.




APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 6, 2020, 5 p.m.

SEND TO: hr@fosteringmediaconnections.org 


Interested journalists should send the following:

  1. Resume
  2. Three writing clips
  3. Contact information for 1-2 editors at employer
  4. One or two story ideas on the subject of youth and criminal justice


About Us

The Chronicle of Social Change is a daily news site that publishes rigorous, in-depth journalism on the unwatched systems that are critical to supporting children and families in America. Launched in 2013, we have expanded from our base in Los Angeles to develop a national presence with reporting staff in New York, the Midwest, Big Sky country and Arizona.

The Chronicle is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a diverse newsroom that strengthens the quality of our journalism and our workplace. We strongly encourage applications from qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, gender and sexual orientations, physical abilities, socioeconomic backgrounds and national origins.

Multiple-time winner of L.A. Press Club awards, the publication has been widely cited by NPR, the Associated Press, Politico, and countless other local and national outlets.  



TYPE: Internship
DURATION: Temporary


Joshua Kennedy


Deadline: April 1, 2020