Thursday, April 21, 2011

Phillips Foundation Awards Me a $7,500 Fellowship

Good and bad news.

First, the bad news: On Tuesday night, I flew from LAX to Boston on the red eye. Not only was the flight delayed, but they put me between two babies, so I didn't get much sleep. But, eventually, the flight arrived in Boston but the delay meant I had only a fifteen minute window to get on the plane bound for Reagan International airport. But when I showed up in Reagan, I found that they had lost my suitcase. The suitcase had my suit, most of my money, my books, my really nice ties, my notes for the presentation -- basically everything. The delays meant I had only fifteen minutes to get from Reagan to the Phillips Foundation. I had only (sort of) slept and sweat in my clothes, so I smelled foul. I arrived to the Foundation thirty minutes after my interview and sat in the waiting room wearing jeans and staring at all of the older people there for the fellowship. Most of them had already worked in journalism. The time ticked away. My phone died. Life was ungood. jetBlue took ten hours to finally get me my luggage at my hotel. As their customer service was the main reason I chose to fly with them, I felt like a jilted lover. How could you jetBlue? 

From there on out, though things took a turn for the good. Despite my lack of sleep, fatigue, odor and general discomfort, the fact that I was the only finalist still in college (by far), I think I rocked the 15-minute interview. I say I think because I don't really remember it. Other than the fact that it was with Al Regnery of one of the finest conservative publishing houses; John Farley, the executive director of the Phillips Foundation; Jonathan Last (one of my favorite writers at The Weekly Standard) and Mollie Hemingway of Christianity Today, I remember only bits and pieces. But the bits I remember were good.

I won the Special Alumni Fund fellowship at $7,500. I'll be writing a 10,000 word article about the use of Middle Eastern money and the corruption of Arabic and Middle East studies programs at America's top universities. All in all, I'm pretty excited to get started. I fly back to Washington D.C. to attend the National Press Club on May 17, 2011 for the ceremony.

Now imagine if I had had my tailored suit...  

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

CJ, very interesting. But please be more accurate in your facts when reporting on these issues at CMC (which undoubtedly, you will). Contrary to your previous factual errors, CMC does NOT have a Middle East Studies Program, nor does it have a director of such a program. CJ, I thought you always printed the truth - I guess perhaps, your truth. The real truth is that CMC has a middle east studies major that, if you bothered to look at information on the major you would find that it shares components of modern language, government, economics, etc. Do your homework on this one, if you want to be accurate (which, of course, you always claim to be).

Second, Charles Johnson said...
Actually, I'm writing for the Wall Street Journal. Maybe you've heard of it?

Ok, CJ, aren't you stretching your truth here? Let's call it what it is: a fellowship, consisting of a paid internship from one to six months. Granted, the Bartley Fellows will assist in researching and writing editorials, editing op-ed articles, editing Leisure & Arts page features, and editing letters to the editor for the Journal and the Web site., and this is something. But, you make it sound as if the WSJ has hired you on full-time, and that simply is not the case. Hope you make the most of it, and that the WSJ can actually teach you how to be a journalist.

Charles Johnson said...

We'll have to see. I'll use the words that CMC's development office uses. Mmmkay? Cool. Not too worry with the WSJ. Pretty sure I'm going to be OK. During the entire history of the Bartley program, nearly everyone has gotten a job afterward. (I met one such girl earlier this week who works at Newscorp. She also won a Phillips Foundation.) I'd definitely entertain the offer of a job, but I'm going to live in California for probably forever, so maybe not. We'll see. I'm sure you'll pay rapt attention to my successes.

Anonymous said...

Charles Johnson said...
During the entire history of the Bartley program, nearly everyone has gotten a job afterward.

CJ, is this an anectodal statement, or do you have actual facts and sources to back up this statement, and if so what are they?

Anonymous said...

Congrats CJ. Well deserved. Wish you the best of luck. In the wake of all successful people are less succesful, jealous people of mediocre talent.

Anonymous said...

You da man CJ!

Anonymous said...

I'll use the words that CMC's development office uses.

Who have you spoken to in the development office?