Mary Raftery Journalism Fund launches Bursary and Traineeship in Investigative Journalism

The need for strong and solid investigative journalism has never been greater, according to the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund  (MRJF) which, today (08.04.16,) announced a ‘Bursary & Traineeship in Investigative Journalism’ in collaboration with The Irish Times.

The Bursary and Traineeship in Investigative Journalism will award a successful applicant an opportunity to undertake a three-month traineeship with The Irish Times, commencing September 2016. During this time, the successful applicant will receive training in investigative journalism as part of a team, as well as producing three original pieces of work to be published by The Irish Times.

Speaking in advance of the launch, David Waddell, Chair of the fund commented, “We live in an age where ethical professional journalism competes with hearsay and inaccurate reportage. To ensure accountability and to allow citizens secure a full picture, investigative journalism needs to continue to have a fundamental place in society.”

“Investigative journalism requires resources and strong journalistic skills. The initiative being launched by the MRJF and The Irish Times offers an opportunity to a developing journalist to carry out detailed and ground-breaking investigations under the guidance of The Irish Times’ senior journalism team.”

Also speaking at the launch of the Bursary was Kevin O’Sullivan, Editor of the Irish Times, who said: “The Irish Times is delighted to support this important project. Mary Raftery had an illustrious journalism career; specifically in investigations. A significant amount of that work featured in The Irish Times, where our coverage was enhanced by her flair for thorough investigation. We hope to help foster that ability in the successful applicant. It coincides with a time when investigations face many hurdles, and yet journalism in this area remains as vital as ever to the well-being of our society and the broader world.”

The Bursary and Traineeship is open to students and graduates of all disciplines; however, applicants are required to demonstrate journalistic capacity and their ability to undertake in-depth research by submitting samples of their work with their application forms.

Applicants will be judged on the overall quality of their proposal as well as their capacity to undertake research-based media projects. The potential impact and reach of all proposed projects will also be taken into consideration with preference for projects that can be documented across multiple media platforms.

The deadline for submission of applications is 5pm on Monday, 16th May 2016. Applications are to be submitted via email to info@maryrafteryfund.ie and you can download the PDF application form here: Bursary and Traineeship in Investigative Journalism.