The Simons Institute's Journalist-in-Residence program was created in Fall 2016, with the goal of increasing visibility for theoretical computer science and supporting science journalists interested in covering the field. Resident journalists participate in the Institute's programs and engage with visiting scientists. Additional contributions typically include: an initial talk on the journalist's work, for visiting researchers at the Simons Institute; a workshop for scientists on communicating their work to the public; and a feature article for the Simons Institute Newsletter, relating to work currently happening at the Institute. Visiting journalists are also welcome to pursue their own independent projects not related to the work of the Institute.
Visits typically last for one semester, though proposals for longer and shorter visits may be considered. The Journalist in Residence shares an office with a visiting scientist, and has access to the full facilities of the Institute, as well as University library access and other standard campus privileges. The position comes with a stipend to cover living expenses.
Science communicators whose primary medium is something other than the printed word are welcome to apply. Applications from documentary filmmakers are especially encouraged.
Call for applications
Early in 2019, the Simons Institute will begin welcoming applications for Journalists-in-Residence slots for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. Candidates should send a letter of interest, CV, three relevant work-samples, and names of three references, to Managing Director Kristin Kane, at kristin [at] cs [dot] berkeley [dot] edu. Please indicate in the letter which semester you are proposing for your visit, and describe your interest in the topics being covered that semester. Applications for visits during the 2019-20 academic year should be submitted no later than March 15, 2019.