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

The news fellow will work full-time, making daily contributions to Grist’s editorial operations including (but not limited to) reporting, research, story ideas, writing, and creative experiments. 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. 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 news fellow can elect to work out of Grist’s Seattle office or work remotely. If you work remotely, Grist will bring you out to Seattle once or twice during the six-month fellowship (so we can hang with you IRL). Fellow must make a six-month commitment. 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.

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 the climate, clean energy, sustainable food, livable cities, environmental justice, and a carbon-free economy. (If justice is your thing, check out the justice fellowship.)


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.
  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 mini-feature. Pitch a story based on something happening in the news, a story that might run 400-1,000 words in length. The story could be a profile, an explainer, a reported news story. Pitch should be a brief paragraph.
  1. 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.
  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 “News 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.