Honoring the Legacy of Doris O'Donnell
My favorite photo of Doris O’Donnell shows her leaning over a ballpark railing to chat up Boston Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams before a game. She’s working as a journalist but wears a dress, jewelry and what looks like a white glove on her left hand. She stands behind a railing, suggesting that she did not enjoy the same access as white male reporters.
Doris put up with a lot of restrictions, but she did not let any of them stop her from working as a journalist to tell important stories.
We honor that legacy by giving out a $20,000 Doris O’Donnell journalism fellowship to a reporter working anywhere in the United States. We hope they will use the money to reach diverse audiences in underserved communities known as “news deserts.” This year, we also will be giving additional prizes of $5,000 and $2,500 to the runners-up.
The application period opens Feb. 9. If you are a journalist who could use some additional cash to tell an important story, take a few minutes to tell us how you would use the money. If you’re anyone else, please take a moment to share this opportunity with your favorite media outlet so they may apply: http://dorisodonnellfellowship.com/
– Director Andrew Conte and CMI staff
Header: Doris O'Donnell with Ted Williams. Image courtesy StoryWorks.TV