Recipients of the 2016 Equal Voice awards will write at least one in-depth story or short series that illustrates how language, culture and race influence public attitudes and policy about poor people. Selected journalists will receive a stipend of $2,250, plus up to $1,000 in travel reimbursement. College-enrolled student journalists may also apply for the Equal Voice Scholarship, which offers $500 and up to $800 for travel.
“Journalists can have a significant impact on changing the public narrative about poor people and document how public policy can work for or against people,” said Luz Vega-Marquis, president and CEO of the Marguerite Casey Foundation. “It is our hope that these fellowships and scholarships will help put the issues of families and poverty front and center in the public debate and elevate the voices of families in policymaking.” More details and the application form can be found here.