Grist Fellowship Program
We are currently seeking a justice fellow to start in August! Read on for more information and application instructions.
*Note: For general editorial fellowships, the application period is now closed. Interested in applying for the general editorial fellowship? The next term begins February 2016. Check this page starting in September for application instructions and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.
The Justice Fellowship
Are you a budding journalist looking to develop your voice, tell stories about compelling people and communities, and work at a news shop that’s making a difference? Are you equally obsessed with justice for all and whatever Kendrick Lamar drops next? Do you admire the work of people like Brentin Mock and Ta-Nehisi Coates? If so, then we have an opportunity for you.
Grist, the web’s home for green news, is looking for a justice fellow. With the mentorship and support of Grist’s edit staff, you will report on the issues, communities, and people that don’t get enough play in the environmental movement. You will make connections between news, the environment, justice, policy, and pop culture. You will explore the ways in which the environmental movement can become more inclusive — and how communities of color are pioneering new ways to fight for cleaner air and water and safer neighborhoods. You will write multiple posts a week and work on one big project during the fellowship. You will be willing to experiment with social media, video, and other multimedia (with the help of Grist staffers). And you’ll get paid.
The justice fellow will fall in line with our larger fellowship program, a six-month career development program for early-career journalists. The justice fellow, however, will have the option to work remotely. By working remotely the justice fellow will be encouraged to report on stories in her or his home community. If you do work remotely, Grist will host you here in Seattle once or twice during the six-month fellowship (so we can hang with you IRL). Or, if you want to work out of our Seattle office, we’ll set up a desk for you. Ideally you can start in August, but we’re flexible. The fellowship pays $2,250 per month.
APPLICATION FOR THE JUSTICE FELLOWSHIP
Applicants must submit the following in one PDF attachment:
1. A resume and cover letter. We are looking for a succinct, thoughtful cover letter that displays your communication style and why you’re the right person for the justice beat.
2. Three samples of your work. Writing samples can be newspaper or magazine clips, blog posts, or unpublished pieces. We will gladly accept links to multimedia samples (video, illustration, infographic, podcast, etc.), but cannot review original files.
3. Pitch a news story. Identify something that’s happening in the news and explain how you would approach the topic in a story for Grist. Please include any relevant links to news sources and background info. Pitch should be a brief paragraph.
4. Pitch a profile. Pick a person or organization that you would profile for Grist. Pitch should be a brief paragraph.
5. Pitch a feature. What’s your dream story? Please specify how you would approach the feature, including target sources, length and format, potential angle, multimedia aspects, etc. Pitch should be no longer than 300 words.
Applications should be emailed to email@example.com. Please include all materials in one PDF attachment. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please submit applications by July 13, 2015.
No phone calls, please and thank you.
Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.
Fellowships at Grist
Want to grow as a journalist while absorbing a universe of green knowledge? Apply for the Grist Fellowship Program. We are an independent nonprofit media organization that shapes the country’s environmental conversations, making green second nature for our monthly audience of 2,000,000 and growing. At Grist, green isn’t about hugging trees or hiking — it’s about using humor and real talk to connect big issues like climate change to the places where people live, work, and play.
What is the Grist Fellowship Program?
The Grist Fellowship Program is an opportunity to hone your skills at a national news outlet and deepen your knowledge of environmental issues. We’re looking for early-career journalists with a variety of skills, from traditional reporting to multimedia whizbangery. We will offer exposure to the leading sustainability thinkers and theories of our time, real-world experience at a fast-paced news site, and the occasional office chili cook-off.
What is expected of the fellows?
Fellows will work full-time, making daily contributions to Grist’s editorial operations including (but not limited to) research, reporting, story ideas, writing, and multimedia experiments. Working closely with the fellowship program manager, each fellow will also identify a long-term special project to produce in collaboration with others on the team. We will encourage full participation in staff discussions and meetings, seek input on issues large and small, and laugh politely (or heartily, depending on the circumstances) at all your jokes.
What are the details?
Fellows work out of Grist’s Seattle office. Fellows must make a six-month commitment. The fellowship pays $2,250 per month. In special cases the fellowship will be renewable once by mutual agreement between the fellow and Grist. Renewal candidates will be considered alongside the applicant pool for the next fellowship cycle.
Who should apply?
Any curious, self-motivated, hard-working individual who wants to grow as a storyteller. We are looking for writers, reporters, and editors, as well as all-stars in fields such as video, audio, and data visualization. Our primary subject areas are climate and energy, food, cities, science and technology, pop culture, and environmental justice. Candidates are most likely college or j-school grads, with some experience in journalism. As stated at the top: For general editorial fellowships, the application period is now closed. The next term for general fellowships begins February 2016. Check this page starting in September for application instructions and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.
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The fellows’ fine work
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