Want to grow as a journalist while absorbing a universe of green knowledge? Apply for the Grist Fellowship Program.

The Grist Fellowship Program is an opportunity to hone your skills at a national news outlet and deepen your understanding 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 “Is a hot dog a sandwich?” debate.

We are an independent nonprofit media organization that shapes the country’s environmental conversations, making green second nature for our monthly audience of 2.5 million and growing. At Grist, green isn’t about hugging trees or hiking — it’s about using humor and straight talk to connect big issues like climate change to real people and how they live, work, and play.

For our spring term, which begins in February 2017, we are offering (count ’em) THREE fellowships. Apply now:

Editorial Fellow | Justice Fellow | Video Fellow


Editorial Fellow

Are you a curious, self-motivated, hard-working individual who wants to grow as a journalist and storyteller? The Grist editorial fellowship may be the opportunity for you.

The editorial fellow will work full-time, making daily contributions to Grist’s editorial operations including (but not limited to) research, reporting, story ideas, writing, and creative experiments. You will be expected to write two to three news briefs a week, one to two profiles a month, and one mini-feature a month. You 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.

The editorial fellow works out of Grist’s Seattle office. Fellow must make a six-month commitment. The fellowship pays $2,600 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.

We are looking for early-career writers, reporters, and editors. Candidates are most likely college or j-school grads, with some experience in journalism. Our primary subject areas are climate, clean energy, sustainable food, livable cities, and environmental justice. (If justice is your thing, check out the justice fellowship below.)

THE APPLICATION

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 qualifications, enthusiasm, and communication style.

2. Write a news brief. Identify something that’s happening in the news and write a mock Briefly story for Grist. Please include any relevant links to news sources and background info. News brief should be 200 words or less. Please include a link to an image or video that you would run with the story. (Note: We do not intend to publish this assignment, so don’t worry about whether you have the rights to the image or video.)

3. Pitch a mini-feature. Could be a profile, an explainer, a reported news story. Pitch should be a brief paragraph.

4. Pitch: What’s your big idea? What aspect of the environmental/sustainability story are you passionate about covering? How would you explore that passion in the form of a deep-dive story for Grist? Please specify how you would approach the story, including target sources, length and format, potential angle, multimedia aspects, etc. Pitch should be no longer than 300 words.

5. 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.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Applications should be emailed to fellowships@grist.org. Please include “Editorial Fellow” in the subject line. Please include all materials in one PDF attachment. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For fellowships that begin February 2017, please submit applications by Nov. 8, 2016.

No phone calls, please and thank you.

Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.


Justice Fellow

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 obsessed with justice for all? The Grist justice fellowship may be the opportunity for you.

With the mentorship and support of Grist’s editorial staff, the justice fellow will report on the issues, communities, and people that don’t get enough play in the environmental movement. You will make connections between the environment, social 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 developing new ways to fight for cleaner air and water and safer neighborhoods. You will be expected to write two to three news briefs a week, one to two profiles a month, and one mini-feature a month. You will also identify a long-term special project to produce in collaboration with others on the team.

The justice fellow will be part of our larger fellowship program, a six-month career development program for early-career journalists. We will encourage full participation in staff discussions and meetings, seek input on issues large and small, and give you a custom emoji in Slack (it’s true!).

The justice fellow can elect to work out of Grist’s Seattle office or work remotely. If you work remotely, you will be encouraged to report on stories in your home community, and Grist will bring you out to Seattle once or twice during the six-month fellowship (so we can hang with you IRL). The fellowship pays $2,600 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.

THE APPLICATION

Applicants must submit the following in one PDF attachment:

1. 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. Write a news brief. Identify something that’s happening in the news and write a mock Briefly story for Grist. Please include any relevant links to news sources and background info. News brief should be 200 words or less. Please include a link to an image or video that you would run with the story. (Note: We do not intend to publish this assignment, so don’t worry about whether you have the rights to the image or video.)

3. Pitch a profile. Pick a person or organization that you would profile for Grist. Pitch should be a brief paragraph.

4. What’s your big idea? What aspect of the environmental justice story are you passionate about covering? How would you explore that passion in the form of a deep-dive story for Grist? Please specify how you would approach the story, including target sources, length and format, potential angle, multimedia aspects, etc. Pitch should be no longer than 300 words.

5. 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.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Applications should be emailed to fellowships@grist.org. Please include “Justice Fellow” in the subject line. Please include all materials in one PDF attachment. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For fellowships that begin February 2017, please submit applications by Nov. 8, 2016.

No phone calls, please and thank you.

Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.


Video Fellow

Are you a curious, self-motivated, hard-working individual who wants to grow as a multimedia journalist and storyteller? The Grist video fellowship may be the opportunity for you.

The video fellow will work alongside Grist’s video team to produce explainer videos, shareable short videos, and longer-term projects. You will be expected to produce one to two explainer videos a month and two to four short-form videos a month, and to assist on the video team with weekly production. You will lead multimedia experiments, collaborate with our social media manager, and push Grist to innovate new ways to tell stories. You will also identify a special project to produce in collaboration with others on the team. We will encourage your full participation in staff discussions and meetings, seek input on issues large and small, and require that you try our panini press at least once (it will change your life).

The video fellow works out of Grist’s Seattle office, full-time. Fellow must make a six-month commitment. The fellowship pays $2,600 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.

We are looking for early-career producers, reporters, and personalities. Candidates are most likely college or j-school grads, with experience in video and journalism. Our primary subject areas are climate, clean energy, sustainable food, livable cities, and environmental justice. (If justice is your thing, check out the justice fellowship.)

THE APPLICATION

Applicants must submit the following in one PDF attachment:

1. Resume and cover letter. We are looking for a succinct, thoughtful cover letter that displays your qualifications, enthusiasm, and communication style.

2. Pitch two short-form video ideas. Look at our past work. What would be the first couple videos that you would produce? Each idea should be a brief paragraph.

3. Pitch a short documentary. What aspect of the environmental/sustainability story are you passionate about covering? How would you explore that passion in the form of a five to 15-minute mini-documentary for Grist? Please specify how you would produce the documentary, including target sources, length and format, potential angle, visual approach, etc. Pitch should be no longer than 300 words.

4. Three samples of your work. We will gladly accept links to your videos, but cannot review original files. Do you work in other multimedia formats, too, like illustration, audio, or (heck) claymation? Feel free to include that work within your three links. We’d love to see what else you can do.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Applications should be emailed to fellowships@grist.org. Please include “Video Fellow” in the subject line. Please include all materials in one PDF attachment. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For fellowships that begin February 2017, please submit applications by Nov. 8, 2016.

No phone calls, please and thank you.

Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.


Current fellows

Emma Foehringer Merchant

Fall 2016

Emma Foehringer Merchant

Midwesterner out west, hardware store superfan, rhubarb representative
@emmafmerchant

Sabrina Imbler

Fall 2016

Sabrina Imbler

Bay Area baby, Providence proud, sea slug aficionado
@aznfusion



Past fellows

Melissa Cronin

Spring 2016

Melissa Cronin

Brooklyn transplant, west coast replant, perennial pupil of the planet
@melissa_cronin

Xian Chiang-Waren

Spring 2016

Xian Chiang-Waren

Middlebury grad, yoga enthusiast, recovering New Yorker
@XianCw

Clayton Aldern

Fall 2015, Spring 2016

Clayton Aldern

Climate governance hawk, Rhodes Scholar, adamant Minnesotan
@compatibilism

Suzanne Jacobs

Spring & Fall 2015

Suzanne Jacobs

Senior fellow, physics enthusiast, aspiring time traveler
@SuzanneJacobs89

Raven Rakia

Fall 2015

Raven Rakia

Born in Detroit, raised on the East Coast, Afro-enthusiast, amateur hiker
@aintacrow

Ana Sofia Knauf

Spring 2015

Ana Sofia Knauf

Angeleno-turned-Seattleite, U of Washington journalism grad, self-proclaimed foodie
@asknauf

Madeleine Thomas

Fall 2014, Spring 2015

Madeleine Thomas

Staff writer at Pacific Standard, UC Berkeley School of Journalism grad, obsessed with David Bowie
@madeleinetwnsnd

Eve Andrews

Spring & Fall 2014

Eve Andrews

Associate editor and Steel City girl, on the reproductive rights and pop culture beats
@eefandrews

Sara Bernard

Fall 2014

Sara Bernard

Staff writer at Seattle Weekly, wilderness junkie, UC Berkeley School of Journalism grad
@saralacy

Sam Bliss

Fall 2014

Sam Bliss

Life lover, budding ecological economist, endorphin enthusiast
@theblisspoint

Amber Cortes

Spring 2014

Amber Cortes

Adventurer, journalist, class clown
@uneverknowradio

Samantha Larson

Spring 2014

Samantha Larson

Science nerd, adventure enthusiast, roaming reporter
@samantson


The fellows’ fine work

A Grist Special Series

Climate on the Mind

We take a look at the connections — fascinating, foreboding, and all too real — between the shifting environment and the human brain

Special Report

The Cost of Clean Coal

A Mississippi power plant promises to create clean energy from our dirtiest fuel. But it will come at a price.

Justice

A sinking jail: The environmental disaster that is Rikers Island

Flooding, extreme heat, and air pollution plague New York City’s notorious jail complex.


Grist Fellows Eve Andrews, Madeleine Thomas, and Sara Bernard
Grist / Daniel Penner