In an era where effective communication and engagement are paramount, the ability to harness the power of media is crucial for advancing public understanding and shaping policy debates. Launched in 2023 and designed to empower SSN members who are new to media work, the SSN Media Fellowship is a new initiative to pair a small group of selected SSN members with mentors from the network, while also providing custom support from the national staff.
SSN Media Fellowship
This program equips a small cohort of scholars who are seeking to expand their media work with the skills and strategies necessary to effectively communicate their research findings to a diverse audience across various media platforms, including television, radio, print, op-eds, and social media. Harnessing the power of SSN’s substantial network of publicly engaged scholars, SSN members with significant experience in the media and a relevant research agenda act as year-long mentors to SSN Media Fellows, offering their advice, feedback, and guidance to help expand the fellow’s reach and impact via the media. Additional, hands-on media workshops facilitated by SSN national staff provide fellows with the basic skills and background for engaging in media work. Finally, fellows are provided with tailored support by SSN national staff as media opportunities arise over the course of the fellowship.