The Watchdog Writers Group provides fellowships to established journalists with a book contract. The fellowship includes financial stipends and other means of support, such as research assistance, networking opportunities and workshops with other authors.

Fellows write books in the vein of the classic American muckrakers — books of diligent, objective journalism that investigate vital social issues and that are targeted to a broad audience. The fellows will focus on topics that are being neglected by increasingly coastal-centric media outlets. These books won’t focus on the White House or Wall Street, but will focus on issues such as the opioid crisis, corporate agribusiness, the coal industry, gun violence, police discrimination in African-American communities and more.

The Group selects students to work alongside the fellows, teaching them the invaluable skills and the ethical conduct of investigative journalism. As with other opportunities under the “Missouri Method” umbrella, WWG students will be ready to hit the ground running because of this hands-on experience.

Students and fellows will be selected through a competitive application process.

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