$2,000 Blade Foundation Reporting Fellowship

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Blade Foundation Steve Elkins Memorial Fellowship

Steve Elkins  (left) shown here with his husband  Murray Archibald . (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Steve Elkins (left) shown here with his husband Murray Archibald. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The Blade Foundation in 2018 created the Steve Elkins Memorial Fellowship in Journalism.

The fellowship is named in honor of Steve Elkins, a journalist and co-founder of the CAMP Rehoboth LGBT community center, who passed away in March 2018. Elkins served as editor of Letters from CAMP Rehoboth in Delaware for many years as well as executive director of the center.

The fellow covers issues of interest to the LGBTQ community of Delaware for 12 weeks during the summer months. Stories include coverage of legislative and political issues out of Dover; LGBTQ business issues in Wilmington; the summer beach season in Rehoboth and more. Stories are published in the Washington Blade online and print editions.

The inaugural fellowship was awarded to Blake Chambers, a Dover resident and 2017 graduate of the University of Delaware. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism and occupied the position from May 21-Aug. 12, 2018. Click here to view the stories written by Chambers during the time of his fellowship. 

“Steve Elkins was a longtime friend of the Blade and as a fellow journalist, I think this is a fitting tribute to his legacy,” said Blade Foundation executive director Kevin Naff. “Delaware’s LGBTQ residents will benefit from this focus on their community’s concerns.”

To apply for the paid position, email letter of interest, resume and links to three published articles to Naff at knaff@washblade.com. Selection process for the 2019 position will begin in January with a decision made by May 1.

To donate to the Foundation in support of the Steve Elkins Fellowship, click here.