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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.


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. Pitch two short-form story ideas for the Grist website. Each story idea should be a brief paragraph.

3. You got the assignment! Pick one of the ideas you pitched in the above section and write the actual story. The story should run no longer than 400 words. 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.)

4. Pitch a feature story idea. What aspect of the environmental/sustainability story are you passionate about covering? How would you explore that passion in the form of a feature story for Grist? 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.

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.


Applications should be emailed to fellowships@grist.org. Please include all materials in one PDF attachment. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For fellowships that begin in July/August 2015, please submit applications by March 30, 2015.

No phone calls, please and thank you.

Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.

Current fellows

Sam Bliss

Fall 2014

Sam Bliss

Life lover, budding ecological economist, endorphin enthusiast

Madeleine Thomas

Fall 2014, Spring 2015

Madeleine Thomas

Senior fellow and Baltimore native, UC Berkeley School of Journalism grad, obsessed with David Bowie

Suzanne Jacobs

Spring 2015

Suzanne Jacobs

Physics enthusiast, wildlife admirer, aspiring time traveler

Past fellows

Eve Andrews

Spring & Fall 2014

Eve Andrews

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

Sara Bernard

Fall 2014

Sara Bernard

Wilderness junkie, globetrotter, UC Berkeley School of Journalism grad

Amber Cortes

Spring 2014

Amber Cortes

Adventurer, journalist, class clown

Samantha Larson

Spring 2014

Samantha Larson

Science nerd, adventure enthusiast, roaming reporter

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