ASA/AAAS Mass Media Fellowship

Students, are you interested in journalism? Do you want an invaluable experience that also advances a statistical perspective in journalism? If so, apply for the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship and spend 10 weeks with a media outlet next summer. Applications will be accepted until January 15 on the AAAS website.

Led by AAAS and supported by many organizations, the fellowship is a highly successful program designed to “enhance coverage of science-related issues in the media in order to improve public understanding and appreciation of science and technology.” The program has supported more than 700 fellows in its more than 40-year history.

The AAAS eligibility requirements include being an upper-level undergraduate or graduate student or postdoctoral trainee in a STEM field and a US citizen or holder of a visa allowing paid work in the United States. To be the ASA-sponsored AAAS Mass Media Fellow (MMF), you must have had substantial statistical training with a preference—but not a requirement—for having or seeking a degree in statistics.

The ASA’s inaugural MMF was Nick Thieme, a graduate student in computer science from the University of Maryland. An undergraduate major in statistics at Carnegie Mellon University, Nick spent 10 productive weeks with Slate in its NYC and DC offices, publishing more than 20 pieces. Nick also wrote two engaging pieces for ThisIsStatistics:

Stats in Action: 3 Data Journalism Skills I’ll Take Back to Grad School
Stats in Action: How One Data Journalist Writes an Article

Read more about Nick in this June 2017 Amstat News piece.

While AAAS manages the application process, the evaluation of applicants for ASA sponsorship is done by the ASA Committee for Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award.