New York Times Launches Fellowship in Honor of David Carr

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The well-known media columnist died last February.

The New York Times announced Monday that it is launching a fellowship in honor of late media columnist David Carr.

Carr, who was well known in the media industry and generated greater awareness through his breakout role in the 2011 New York Times documentary Page One, died in February after collapsing in the Times newsroom. It was later revealed that Carr died of complications from lung cancer.

The fellowship is open to journalists early in their career, with at least three years of experience. The recipient of the fellowship will spend two years in the Times newsroom "covering the intersection of technology, media and culture," as Carr did, The Times says in its announcement.

"The fellowship is an opportunity for a journalist early in his or her career to build upon David’s commitment to holding power accountable and telling engaging, deeply reported stories," The Times' announcement explains.

Executive editor Dean Baquet describes the fellowship as "a more permanent, lasting way to honor David." The Times encourages journalists of all backgrounds and with various types of experience, especially those who've worked for digital and new media outlets, to apply. Baquet says the newspaper will be looking for candidates who share Carr's interests, willingness to tell stories in new ways and perhaps people from "an unusual background."

"David Carr was a recovering drug addict who came to us from the alternative news media world," Baquet notes, referencing Carr's struggles with an addiction to crack in the late '80s, which he wrote about in his memoir The Night of the Gun. "That’s very unusual for The New York Times.”

Baquet added that the fellowship allows people from other outlets to share their experiences as "a storytelling revolution" unfolds across the industry.

“A lot of it is going on in the New York Times newsroom, a lot of it in other newsrooms, and a lot of it hasn’t happened yet,” Baquet says. “There’s a new merger of multimedia, great writing, video, even the possibility of 3-D stuff, that is going to transform the way stories are told.”

Candidates should be "eager to experiment with creative ways of storytelling through video, text, social media and other means," The Times notes.

Applications — consisting of a resume, 1,000-word essay about how your career and coverage are in keeping with Carr's legacy and five samples of your best journalistic work — are due by Nov. 14, with the fellowship set to begin in early 2016.

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