About the Program
Cornell University's College of Arts & Sciences is launching a new Distinguished Visiting Journalist Program to bring accomplished journalists to Cornell for extended visits. The program aims to recognize excellence in journalism and to provide opportunities for select journalists and the university community to engage with each other.
While on the Ithaca campus, for periods of two to eight weeks, the visiting fellows will interact with faculty, researchers and students in a variety of organized and informal settings, such as moderating and/or participating in panel discussions, making guest presentations in classes, exploring research laboratories and special collections, and joining tea or dinner at a residential college. The fellows will inspire and engage with students interested in journalism and the media while learning about the latest research, scholarship and creative works emerging from Cornell.
“The new Cornell Arts & Sciences Distinguished Visiting Journalist Program aims to recognize excellence in journalism and foster meaningful engagement between academia and the media. Students and faculty will have the opportunity to connect with eminent journalists while fellows will deepen their understanding of emerging discoveries and frontline scholarship as they participate in the life of a leading research university.”
~Ray Jayawardhana, the Harold Tanner Dean of Arts and Sciences
Distinguished Visiting Journalists may have interests in any disciplinary area in the College including the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Candidates for these prestigious appointments will be selected by an internal committee of faculty and staff. Selected fellows will have demonstrated an interest in fundamental research, scholarship and creative works that impact humanity, as well as in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students interested in the field of journalism and the broader media landscape.
The program is funded through philanthropic support, including from the Dr. Guinevere Griest Fund for Public Engagement. Griest ’44 served as editor in chief of the Cornell Daily Sun, and later as a senior official at the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- Jessica Chen Weiss, Associate Professor, Department of Government
- Ray Jayawardhana, Harold Tanner Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Astronomy
- Joel Malina, Vice President for University Relations
- Noliwe Rooks, Professor, Africana Studies & Research Center, and Director, American Studies Program
- Steven Strogatz, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics
Currently, the Advisory Committee selects fellowship recipients by invitation only on a rolling basis for up to two fellows per year.
If you are a working journalist and would like to be considered for a fellowship, please contact Tricia Ritterbusch Barry, Director of Communications for the College of Arts & Sciences.
Expectations of Fellows
Selected fellows are asked to spend between two to eight weeks during either the fall or spring semester. We will work with the fellows to shape the visits to suit their interests and maximize opportunities for engagement. A stipend will be provided during the fellow's time on campus.
Fellows can engage in a range of activities, including, but not limited to:
- Sitting in or guest lecturing in relevant classes
- Meeting with researchers and groups of researchers, including time for extended meetings and “shadowing”
- Teaching an informal masterclass on journalism to undergraduates
- Engaging in mentorship of graduate and undergraduate students
- Exploring library collections and research labs
- Participating on a public panel with faculty on a topic of broad interest
- A tea or dinner on West Campus with students and faculty
- Meetings with Cornell Sun student reporters and editors
- Meetings with campus communicators
Distinguished Visiting Journalist Fellows
Marc Lacey, National Editor, The New York Times
Lacey has spent 20 years at The New York Times, in roles including foreign correspondent, White House correspondent and editor of the weekend news report. Before arriving at The New York Times, he was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He recently served as a moderator for the fourth Democratic presidential debate, held in October 2019 in Ohio.
Image credit: Todd Heisler/The New York Times