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 environmental 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 connections between social inequality and the environment. You will explore the ways in which the environmental movement can become more inclusive, especially in the current moment — and how communities of color are developing new ways to fight for cleaner air and water and safer neighborhoods. We’re especially interested in journalism that identifies communities and people working on home-grown solutions. You will be expected to write quick news updates, reported stories, 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. Plus 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 $2,750 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.


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.
  1. Write a short news post. Identify something that’s happening in the news and write a brief story for Grist. If possible, try to take a sharp angle on the news of the day or think up a smart way of making the news digestible. Please include any relevant links to news sources and background info. The brief should be about 200 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.)
  1. Pitch a story about a community that’s doing model work. Pick a community that’s working on home-grown solutions and tell us how you would approach a story about this community. Pitch should be a brief paragraph.
  1. 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. The pitch should be no longer than 300 words.
  1. 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 “Justice Fellow” in the subject line. Please include all materials in one PDF attachment. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For fellowships that begin September 2018, please submit applications by July 9, 2018.

No phone calls, please and thank you.

Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.