Want to grow as a journalist while absorbing a universe of environmental knowledge?
The Grist Fellowship Program is a paid opportunity to hone your skills at a national news outlet and deepen your understanding of environmental issues. The experience is designed to give early-career journalists with a demonstrated interest in environmental issues the experience to succeed in climate and environmental media. We offer real-world experience at a fast-paced news site, training in a variety of skills key to a journalism career, and exposure to the leading sustainability thinkers and theories of our time.
After six months of working full-time at Grist and gaining key skills in environmental journalism, fellows have gone on to outlets including The Atlantic, The Verge, Wirecutter, Outside Magazine, Atlas Obscura, Greentech Media, and of course, Grist.
Q: Who is the Grist Fellowship Program for?
A: Grist aims to help train the next generation of environmental journalists and storytellers. The Grist Fellowship Program is designed to provide newsroom experience for early-career journalists who have a demonstrated interest in environmental and climate journalism and media. Maybe you already have a journalism internship under your belt, and now want to pivot toward environmental reporting. Or perhaps you just graduated college, but ran your school paper while you were there. Or you might even be a freelancer with several years of reporting experience, looking to learn what it’s like to work in a newsroom environment. Regardless of what brings you to our Fellowship Program, if a Grist fellowship could benefit your environmental journalism career, we’d love to hear from you. We especially encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to apply, and encourage you to be in touch with us if you have questions. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Q: What types of fellowships does Grist offer?
A: Grist offers between two and four fellowships per semi-annual intake. Fellows work either on Grist’s editorial team (journalism), or Grist’s Fix team (solutions-oriented storytelling of many formats).
Q: When and how often does Grist hire fellows?
A: Grist has two fellowship intakes throughout the calendar year – one that begins in summer (typically July), and one that begins in winter (typically January). Fellowships are always six months in length.
Q: When is the deadline to apply?
A: For July intakes, applications will open by mid-April. For January intakes, applications will open by mid-October. Please refer to grist.org/fellowships for the latest information on deadlines for an upcoming application cycle.
Q: I’ve applied to the Grist fellowship before. Should I apply again?
A: Absolutely! If you weren’t accepted the first time you applied, it often helps to go back and get a bit more experience before applying again in a later round. If you were not accepted for a fellowship round and would like feedback on what could have made your application stronger or closer to what we were looking for, you can write to us and we will make our best effort to get back to you within a few weeks. It’s also good to note that some folks who become Grist fellows only succeeded after their third or fourth attempt. Persistence can pay off.
Q: How long is a fellowship at Grist?
A: We ask fellows to make a six-month, full-time commitment.
Q: Is the fellowship compensated?
A: Yes, fellows are paid $3,334/month. As limited-term employees, fellows are also eligible to participate in Grist’s health benefits programs.
Q: Where can fellows work?
A: Fellows can work remotely from a location of their choosing, provided they can match Grist’s core working hours. After the COVID-19 pandemic ends, fellows will also have the option of working in Grist’s Seattle headquarters or New York office space. Fellows are not required to relocate and remote work is always an option for fellows.
Q: What kind of work will I do during the fellowship?
A: Fellows work within our editorial team (journalism) or Fix team (solutions-oriented storytelling of many formats). Depending on which team a fellow is on, the responsibilities vary. But typically, fellows are asked to write a few short-form stories or pieces of news analysis each week, contribute regularly to Grist’s newsletter products, and also have the opportunity over the course of their fellowship to work on an enterprise or feature story.
Q: What concrete skills will I walk away with after completing the Grist fellowship?
A: Our biggest priority is to immerse fellows in the topics of climate, justice, and solutions while building their skills as journalists. Fellows will become fluent in the environmental news of the day; solutions being developed by governments, the private sector, and communities; and the critical role of equity in all environmental issues and potential solutions. Fellows learn how to work in a busy, distributed newsroom, and by being paired with a main editor and ancillary editors, get exposure to different editing styles. Fellows also have the opportunity to participate in bi-monthly newsroom trainings on a range of journalism skill areas, from filing FOIA requests to data visualization to cultivating relationships with sources.
Q: Where do fellows go after Grist?
A: Fellows have gone onto national outlets including The Atlantic, The Verge, Wirecutter, The New York Times, Outside Magazine, Atlas Obscura, Greentech Media, along with a range of local publications like Crosscut in Seattle and the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Massachusetts. We work with fellows over the course of their fellowship to understand their career aspirations, and make introductions and consult on next career steps in the latter months of the fellowship.
Q: Where can I learn more, and how do I apply?
A: Always visit grist.org/fellowships for the latest information on upcoming application deadlines.
Q: Who can I be in touch with, if I have questions?
A: You can write to us anytime at email@example.com if you have general questions. We’d welcome the chance to be in touch!