December 4, 2019 at 8:37 am EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Blade Foundation offering $2,000 reporting fellowship

The Blade Foundation is offering a paid fellowship to “an aspiring LGBTQ+ journalist in the D.C. area to begin in early 2020” and the deadline to apply for the fellowship is Dec. 9, according to a statement by the foundation.

The statement says applicants must be over the age of 18 and must either be currently enrolled in a college journalism program or have an acceptance letter to such a program.  It says the fellowship will require 15-20 hours a week with a focus on reporting and writing LGBTQ-specific stories in D.C. and Virginia.

Individuals interested in applying should send a letter of interest, resume and links to three published articles to Blade Foundation Director Kevin Naff at, the statement says, adding that applicants will be notified of a final decision by Dec. 20. More information at

“LGBTQ+ journalism students in the D.C. area are encouraged to apply and we especially encourage LGBTQ people of color, transgender and/or non-binary individuals to take advantage of this opportunity,” the statement says.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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