Fusion Launches California Journalism Fellowship

Six-month initiative kicked off with Feb. 11-12 retreat in Oakland.

Adam Weinstein, Fusion’s senior editor in charge of digital investigations, previously worked for Gawker, Mother Jones and the Wall Street Journal. Anna Holmes, editor of the Digital Voices section, founded Jezebel. They are among the mentors who will guide 14 young California journalists and community activists participating in a new journalism fellowship titled Rise Up: Be Heard.

The initiative kicked off Feb. 11-12 with a retreat in Oakland. An example of those chosen to participate is Montse Reyes, 22, co-editor in chief of UC Santa Cruz student newspaper City on a Hill Press. As a fellow, Montse plans to focus her Fusion pieces on the issues of food insecurity, housing insecurity and immigration. From this morning’s announcement:

“As a diverse media company, we are committed to elevating voices that are passionate about the issues that matter to underserved multicultural communities,” said Fusion senior vice president Boris Gartner. “What ties this group together is a love of their community, passion for social justice, and enthusiasm about using journalism as a tool to inform and drive positive change in the world.”

Rise Up is Fusion’s dedicated social impact unit that focuses on using storytelling and technology to mobilize an increasingly diverse generation of young people to create positive social change in the world. Fusion has tapped Jacob Simas as manager and editor of the Rise Up: Be Heard fellowship program. Jacob previously served as director of youth media at New America Media, a national collaboration of 3,000 ethnic media organizations that advocate for more inclusive journalism.

The six-month long program is being underwritten by a grant from The California Endowment, a statewide health foundation based in Los Angeles. Read more about Rise Up: Be Heard’s participants and mentors here.