BIPOC Writer Scholarship to UPOD Academy

 

Upod Academy Scholars Program

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Scholarships Available for Upod Academy

MARCH 12-13, 2022 UPOD ACADEMY WORKSHOP FOR FREELANCE WRITERS. LIVE TWO-DAY WEEKEND SESSION VIA ZOOM.

with

LAUREN N. WILLIAMS
SENIOR EDITOR,
CULTURE & ‘AMERICA IN PERSONSECTION
THE ATLANTIC

POOH SHAPIRO
HEALTH & SCIENCE EDITOR
THE WASHINGTON POST

MICHELLE LEGRO
FEATURES EDITOR
WIRED
(
FORMERLY LONGREADS, THE NEW REPUBLIC AND LAPHAM’S QUARTERLY)

SASHA WEISS
SENIOR EDITOR, CULTURE DESK
THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE

DERRIK J. LANG
LIFESTYLE & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
SHONDALAND

Thanks to the generous contributions of the Upod writers community, several free spots are available at Upod Academy workshops for writers and journalists who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color.

More information about the latest workshop here.

SPONSOR A UPOD SCHOLARSHIP

SUCCESS STORY: June 2020 Upod Scholar Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts:

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See what I mean? Wow, right? Keep reading: In April 2021, Tracey got a second book deal! Take a look! Two book contracts in one year:

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By the way, Black Joy did incredibly well when it released in 2022. How well? We’re talking NAME IN LIGHTS ON BROADWAY well, with interviews on Good Morning America and other places. Go Tracey, go, go, go, goooooo!

Black Joy by Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts!

Here’s another success tale, just from that June session, from longtime Upod member Tre Johnson:

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Okay, one more (there are many but I know you’re busy.). Nicole Young pitched an idea—a complex and emotional one—at a Upod session to a Vox editor about collective mourning in New Orleans. Here’s the Vox story that ran in January 2022

That wasn’t it for Nicole in January 2022. On her Upod weekend, she had pitched an Elle editor an idea about dating in the Black “manosphere.” Here’s that beautiful story on the bad Zoom date that led her down a rabbit hole of toxic masculinity.

Good things. But you need to apply. See the form down yonder. Or if you’d like to sponsor a scholarship, click here. Please and since thank yous.

A portion of each scholarship goes to support The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, which increases the ranks, retention and profile of reporters and editors of color in the field of investigative reporting.

Major gratitude to Upodder and freelancer Jennifer Chen for the initial inspiration and her ongoing donations, as well as to the following generous sponsors and contributors:

Andrea King Collier
Marie Condron
Tara J. Ellison
Alexis Garcia
Dr. Cynthia Greenlee
Marc Hertz
Daniel Higgins
Pamela K. Johnson
Eric Messinger
Rachel Ng
Kristin Ohlson
Nicola Pulling
Jessica Ritz
Connie Sommer
Esther Tseng
Paul Tullis
Several anonymous donors

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.5 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers”

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