December 16, 2015 — America Media has launched the Joseph A. O'Hare, S.J., Post Graduate Writing Fellowship that offers three recent graduates of Jesuit universities in the United States and Canada the opportunity to work at the America Media offices in New York City for one year.
Fellows will generate content for America’s print, web and digital formats, as well as social media and events. The America Media group includes America, the weekly magazine; America Digital, its website and mobile platforms; America Press, a print and e-book publishing program; America Radio, including a weekly radio show on Sirius XM; and America Films, an in-house documentary video production unit.
Applications are now open to graduating seniors from U.S. and Canadian Jesuit colleges and universities and will close Jan. 31, 2016. Fellows will be provided housing at Fordham University's Lincoln Center Campus, health care coverage and a monthly stipend.
O’Hare fellows will receive ongoing mentoring and other opportunities for professional development. Fellows meet regularly with America’s editorial staff, in order to cultivate their skills and professional networks. At the conclusion of the program, O’Hare fellows will be suited to pursue careers in the Catholic media or other forms of professional journalism.
Co-sponsored by Fordham University, the fellowship is named in honor of Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., editor-in-chief of America magazine from 1975-1984 and president of Fordham University from 1984-2003. Born in the Bronx in 1931, Fr. O’Hare attended Regis High School in New York City prior to entering the Society of Jesus in 1949. He trained for the priesthood primarily at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, where he was ordained in 1961.
He returned to Ateneo and served as a professor there from 1967 to 1972, earning a doctorate from Fordham University in 1968. In 1972, he was named associate editor of America and became editor-in-chief in 1975. Fr. O’Hare served at America until 1984, when he was appointed president of Fordham University. After serving 19 years as president of Fordham, the longest tenure in the institution’s history, Fr. O’Hare retired in 2003 and returned to America as associate editor. He also served one year as president of Regis High School. Fr. O’Hare now resides at Murray-Weigel Hall, adjacent to Fordham University in the Bronx.
The O’Hare Post Graduate Writing Fellowship is made possible through the generosity of William J. Loschert, a 1961 graduate of Fordham University’s College of Business Administration and a member of America Media’s board of directors.
More information regarding the fellowship and applications may be found at oharefellows.org.