The New York Times has created a fellowship for its late media columnist David Carr, the paper announced on Monday.
The David Carr Fellow will work in the Times newsroom for two years covering the “intersection of technology, media and culture,” according to a description of the opportunity “for a journalist early in his or her career to build upon Mr. Carr’s commitment to holding power accountable and telling engaging, deeply reported stories.”
Executive editor Dean Baquet said the fellowship idea was a way to create a “more permanent, lasting way to honor David.”
The paper will be looking at candidates who share the same interests David had “and also people who maybe have an unusual background,” Baquet continued.
“David Carr was a recovering drug addict who came to us from the alternative news media world. That’s very unusual for The New York Times.” Baquet said Carr contributed to the “storytelling revolution” happening across the media industry.
“A lot of it is going on in the New York Times newsroom, a lot of it in other newsrooms, and a lot of it hasn’t happened yet,” Mr. Baquet said. “There’s a new merger of multimedia, great writing, video, even the possibility of 3-D stuff, that is going to transform the way stories are told.”