How To Apply
Applications for the 2023 class of Watchdog Writers Group fellows will open on April 5, 2023 and will be open until May 22, 2023.
The Fellows program is non-residential, meaning that participants do not need to live in Missouri. Fellows gather twice a year in Columbia, Missouri for on-campus workshops and meet regularly through phone calls and online meetings. The 2023 Fellowship program year will run from September 2023 through September 2024, with the option then to renew for a second year.
Apply for the WWG class of 2023 here
Watchdog Writers Group funds the type of deep investigative journalism that is under-financed by the private marketplace. We do this by giving annual fellowships to authors, and by hiring students to be reporters alongside them. In doing this, the program hopes to revitalize newsgathering in the middle of the country about vitally important issues
THE AUTHORS, CLASS OF 2022
Sarah Smarsh is a journalist who has covered socioeconomic class, politics and public policy for The New York Times, National Geographic, Harper’s, and many other publications.
Alisa Roth is a contributor to Marketplace, NPR, and other outlets, who specializes in mental health, criminal justice and other social policy issues.
Shoshana Walter is writing a book that builds on her award-winning reporting for Reveal on unpaid work camps masquerading as rehab. Her book, “Untreated,” will chronicle the many problems plaguing the country’s addiction treatment system, how it got this way and how we could do better for the millions of people in the US struggling with addiction.
Michael Grunwald is working on a book for Simon & Schuster about how to feed the world without frying the world. It’s about the food we eat, the farms that make the food, the forests that get cleared to make room for the farms, and the search for technological and political solutions that can prevent us from eating the earth.
Mya Frazier is writing a book that expands on her recent investigation for The New York Times Magazine into America’s housing crisis and the credit reporting system. During the fellowship, she will research the relationship between class mobility and the credit system.
THE AUTHORS, CLASS OF 2021
Staff writer, New York Times Magazine
and Senior Reporter at ProPublica
Writing a book about the criminal justice system and jailhouse informants.
Patricia “P.J.” Huffstutter
at Reuters News
Writing a book about the farm debt crisis in rural America.
New York Times National Correspondent
Developing a book project about the Black Lives Matter movement.
of the WWG
Writing a book about a company at the heart of American political and economic affairs.
THE STUDENTS, CLASS OF 2022
Mavis Chan is a senior majoring in journalism and political science at the University of Missouri.
Teghan Simonton is a graduate student at the University of Missouri studying investigative reporting.
Beatrice Bankauskaite is a Fulbright grantee and a graduate student at the University of Missouri studying documentary and photojournalism.
Claudia Rivera-Cotto is a graduate student at the University of Missouri in data and investigative journalism.
Jana Rose Schleis
Jana Rose Schleis is a second year M.A. student in the Missouri School of Journalism. She’s studying investigative journalism, government reporting and public policy.
Regan Mertz is a graduate student studying Documentary and Photojournalism at the Missouri School of Journalism.
Kelly Dereuck is a graduate student researching the use of public records to report on private equity.
THE STUDENTS, CLASS OF 2021
Working with Pamela Colloff to investigate the criminal justice system in Missouri and
Peng “Fion” Chen
Working with P.J. Huffstutter to build a unique, searchable database of farm debt and loan defaults across America.
Working with Christopher Leonard to research the modern history
of U.S. banks.
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