René Smith Fellowship Seeks Young Media Visionaries


Attention Young Media Visionaries!

Step into the Spotlight with the René Smith Fellowship


Join us in redefining the landscape of community media with the René Smith Fellowship

Are you someone who loves being creative and wants to make a difference in your community? Join us for an amazing adventure where you'll get to create cool stuff, make new friends, and help make our community better!


About the Fellowship
René Smith Fellowship isn't just a program; it's a platform for budding media creators to craft compelling narratives and champion causes close to their hearts. In honor of René Smith's 20-year commitment to supporting emerging voices in independent media as Board Chair of Independence Public Media, PhillyCAM offers a Youth Media Summer Fellowship over three years.

Crafting Community Media
At the heart of the fellowship lies the power of community media. Through video production, graphic design, and social media strategy, fellows will collaborate to produce captivating content that reflects the voices and aspirations of Philadelphia's vibrant youth community.

Unleash Your Creativity
Here, creativity knows no bounds. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting your journey, the René Smith Fellowship offers a nurturing environment to hone your skills, unleash your imagination, and make.


Program Highlights:

  • Dates: June 24 - August 16, 2024 (8 weeks of transformative experiences!)
  • Meeting Days: Every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
  • Meeting Times: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Weekly Commitment: Dive in for 12 enriching hours each week!


Key Projects

  • PhillyCAM Voices Segment: Showcase diverse perspectives on voting and politics.
  • 30-Minute Episode: Prioritizing youth voices and community dialogue.


Community Impact

As a fellow, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to projects that resonate with the pulse of the community. From amplifying diverse voices to sparking crucial conversations, every project undertaken will be a testament to the transformative power of community-driven media.


Forge Lifelong Connections

Beyond the projects and stipends, the fellowship is a gateway to lifelong connections. Collaborate with like-minded peers, build a network of mentors, and pave the way for future collaborations extending beyond the program's duration.



Thanks to Independence Public Media Foundation for their generous support.



Application Deadline

This fellowship aims to empower young individuals with a passion for media production, graphic design, and social media strategy to amplify the voices of their peers and address critical youth-related issues within the community.


The application deadline for the René Smith Fellowship is May 17, 2024. Apply now to secure your spot in this transformative program! 


Apply for René Smith Fellowship