Students receive a stipend during their Journalism Residency quarter. Since JR is a tuition-bearing, academic quarter, this stipend is provided to help offset relocation and living costs during that quarter.
All stipends are $900, with these exceptions:
- Students assigned to sites in California, Washington, D.C., New York or other high cost-of-living areas receive $1,200.
- Students who live at home or are assigned to sites in the Evanston/Chicago area receive $600.
- Students going on an international JR do not receive a stipend because their airfare and living accommodations are paid through the NU International Office, similar to the arrangement for students who study abroad.
Stipends are either deposited directly into the student’s bank account (the preferred option) or sent to the student’s home address shortly after the beginning of the JR quarter. Students must fill out a stipend request during the JR application process.
SUPERVISION ON JR
Each student is assigned a site supervisor and a faculty adviser to monitor their progress. Site supervisors are expected to take time to sit down with students and critique their work, but students are responsible for seeking this feedback. The faculty adviser will either make a site visit or conduct a phone conference midway through the quarter to discuss the student’s progress and goals for the remainder of the quarter. Site supervisors also fill out a final evaluation for the student, which is used to determine a final grade of P/NP.
TAKING CLASSES WHILE ON JR
Students are allowed to take other classes while on JR as long as the classes don’t conflict with the time needed to fulfill JR responsibilities, and the site and JR coordinator are told in advance.
WORKING OTHER JOBS
Students are allowed to work while on JR. Before beginning a job, students must fully disclose to the JR team and to their site supervisor where and when they will be working in order to avoid conflicts of interest.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION: WHAT ABOUT OTHER FINANCIAL AID?
Students are eligible to apply for a Ben Baldwin Scholarship for additional financial assistance. If they can demonstrate that the costs for the quarter off campus are higher than a typical quarter on campus, then they may be awarded additional assistance but typically no more than $500. Students can apply for this funding from the first day of the quarter they are on JR to the last day of the quarter they are on JR.
While on JR students will continue to receive all the financial aid they normally get. The only exception is work-study, which is prohibited during JR. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office if they are interested in converting work-study funds into a low-interest loan. It may also be possible to work more hours before or after the JR quarter to make up the difference.
Special financial, medical and personal considerations affecting JR site assignment are taken into account during the placement process. The JR staff makes every reasonable attempt to work within students’ limitations while still ensuring appropriate site placement.