Grant to Study State Government Corruption

The Center for Public Integrity is looking for top-notch journalists to investigate the risk of corruption in their state governments. We’re hiring one reporter in each state to carry out a combination of research and reporting into state government ethics, transparency and accountability laws, and their enforcement. Your work will lead to nationally-distributed stories and state-by-state rankings of government accountability, complete with scorecards, grades and stories that demonstrate where states succeed and where they fail.

The State Integrity Investigation will rely on original, in-depth reporting and detailed data collection in each state to uncover areas of corruption risk in our statehouses. The project will cover a wide range of “integrity indicators,” including campaign finance laws, state budget processes, auditing capabilities, procurement practices, financial disclosure and more. Each reporter will gather data through a combination of research and interviews and then write an accompanying narrative on the findings in that state. Examples of state scorecards, categories and stories from our initial State Integrity Investigation in 2012 can be found

Reporters will have to answer some 200-300 questions with specific, well-sourced data over the first two months of work. Reporters will work with partner organization Global Integrity to register and verify their research. They will be expected to meet rigorous standards for accuracy and sourcing based on methodology developed by Global Integrity. Reporters must be well-versed in the laws, procedures, and inner workings of their state government, and ideally maintain an extensive network of contacts and sources both in and outside of state government.

To apply, please upload a short cover letter, two or three clips and a resume with three references. Please direct all questions about the position and/or application to Nicholas Kusnetz, Project Manager at No phone calls please.

About the Project

The State Integrity Investigation is a collaboration between the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity. This new effort will refine and update a project first carried out in 2011-2012 (for more, see At the time, the project represented the first in-depth, data-driven account of government transparency and anti-corruption mechanisms in all 50 states, using on-the-ground reporting and data analysis. A list of detailed questions, or “integrity indicators” are answered through a combination of research and interviews with knowledgeable experts and used to generate scorecards for each state.

In the weeks following its launch, The State Integrity Investigation was featured in more than 1,100 print, online and broadcast outlets across the country. Since then, it has led to the adoption of new laws or statutes in seven states and proposals in five more. The project was a 2013 finalist for the Harvard’s Goldsmith Investigative Reporting Prize. A new round will allow states to measure any progress they have made, will raise the pressure for passage of reforms and will serve as a critical tool for state government reporters across the country.

2015 AP-NORC Center Journalism Fellowship on the Economics of Aging and Work

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, in partnership with The Associated Press Media Editors (APME) and with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is proud to offer a 10-month residential journalism fellowship focused on the economics of aging and work in the United States. During a 10-month fellowship period, the selected journalist will develop the analytical research skills needed to create a sustained series of news reports dealing with the economics of the aging workforce in the United States. The fellow will also produce a series of news articles on America’s aging workforce that will be published by AP.
The fellow will be selected through a national competition open to journalists with at least five years of experience. Journalists working in text, radio, television, and online are eligible to apply.
The Opportunity
The 2015 fellowship, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, will focus on the economics of Americans working longer in life. As part of the fellowship, you will participate in the Center’s ongoing Working Longer survey research project. As the AP-NORC fellow, you will also have the opportunity to create a series of news stories about this important issue, to be distributed by AP to its global worldwide audience and its thousands of subscribers and customers across all media platforms.
As a fellow, you will produce journalistic reporting projects, as well as have a significant amount of time for formal and informal training in economics and social science research methods to facilitate data-driven journalism. Approximately 40 percent of your time will be devoted to training and skill development activities.
The other 60 percent of your time will be spent developing in-depth reporting projects where you will obtain hands-on experience with the assistance of AP, NORC, and University of Chicago senior staff. You will join an existing reporting team for the AP-APME Aging America project and will work with the AP’s Aging America editor to develop innovative reporting projects around the economics of working longer. The AP’s editor will expect you to produce a regular flow of journalistic activity, but at a level appropriate for someone devoted to working mostly on enterprise activities rather than someone assigned to produce spot news on a daily basis. Thoughtful news coverage requires more time than the more superficial stories that dominate most coverage of this issue; this fellowship is designed to give you the time, resources, and training to support more in-depth and harder-hitting news coverage.
Success Story: Inaugural AP-NORC Journalism Fellow on the Economics of Aging and Work Matt Sedensky
Exposure and Impact of the Working Longer Project
  • 2.6 billion people: The size of the online audience for outlets posting the Working Longer stories.
  • 450 radio stations broadcasting AP Radio News featured the survey results.
  • Spokesperson: Journalism Fellow Matt Sedensky appeared on national and local TV and radio, including Fox Business News and NPR, to discuss his journalism.
  • Sedensky’s stories appeared on the front pages of more than 85 newspapers across the country.
  • Huffington Post, CBS News, and Forbes used the poll as a means to discuss problems with retirement savings and government benefits for the elderly.
About the Fellow’s Experience
Matt Sedensky, an AP reporter whose beat included issues of aging, was named the inaugural fellow for the AP-NORC Journalism Fellowship on the Economics of Aging and Work. His fellowship began in March 2013 and concluded in March 2014.
The fellowship clearly achieved its goal of providing Sedensky with in-depth training in the skills of data-driven journalism, which will serve him well throughout his career and enable him to train others in the newsroom. And it gave Sedensky the time to produce more than a dozen text and multimedia stories related to the topic of the fellowship that received wide attention in media of all formats.
During his fellowship, Sedensky and his AP-NORC Center colleagues conducted an important baseline survey of older Americans about their plans for work and retirement. Sedensky was a member of the survey team, a co-author of its report, and wrote the AP stories that disseminated the findings. Through his journalism, the findings were brought to the attention of policymakers and the general public. In addition to producing content on all of AP’s platforms, Sedensky was invited to discuss the study and his journalism on a number of national media outlets, including NPR and Fox Business News.

As the 2015 journalism fellow, you will build on this success and continue to move the needle of public understanding on the issue of the economics of the aging workforce.

ProPublica seeks research editor

ProPublica is looking for a top-notch researcher to help us dig deep into databases and ferret out obscure facts.

Our research editor will work closely with reporters to do everything from background sources to finding examples of kids who were injured by a pharmaceutical drug. The job also includes training staff in research, overseeing at least one full-time intern and a stable of freelance researchers, and maintaining and managing our various accounts for research databases.  The job is full-time and based in New York.

Applicants should have significant journalism experience and prior experience with the various databases and resources used in investigative newsrooms, including PACER, Accurint, and Lexis-Nexis.

If you are interested in applying, please with the following:

  • A resume.
  • A letter laying out how you’re a good fit. We are also open to the position involving editing. So please note any editing experience you have had.
  • Answer the following questions, which are examples of typical research requests:
    1. A reporter has heard that a CEO of a pharma company got a DUI somewhere in NJ in 2012 and he wants to confirm it.  What do you do?
    2. A reporter is looking into a doctor with a suspiciously high complication rate. He wants to look for all of the doctor’s assets and to background everything you can learn about the doctor.  What do you do?
    3. A reporter is trying to get a copy of testimony made by an Alabama attorney before a Senate subcommittee in 1985, but she says it’s not online.  Where do you look?
    4. A reporter wants to find an article that ran in a small-town newspaper in 2000. It’s not in Nexis. What do you do?
    5. A reporter wants to find all lawsuits that can be possibly found against a payday loan company that has stores across the country.  What do you do?
    6. A reporter wants to find as many former employees of a specific division of a federal agency as possible.  What do you do?

We are looking to fill this job as quickly as we can, so please apply immediately. ProPublica is committed to diversity, and we especially encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply.

Deadline approaching: print journalism program for students of color

College juniors, seniors or graduates with journalism majors are eligible for program.

The Chips Quinn Scholars program offers students of color hands-on training and mentoring in the field of journalism and mentoring. The program provides internships, training and a US$500 housing allowance to college students pursuing careers in print journalism.

The Freedom Forum matches nominees with participating newspapers across the country for 10- to 12-week paid internships. Internships are offered in the spring and summer.

Students can be nominated by journalism faculty and campus media advisers, editors of newspapers or leaders of minority journalism associations. They can also apply directly to the program themselves.

The deadline for the spring program is Oct. 1.

For more information, click here.

Robert Bosch Fellowship sends journalists to Germany

U.S. journalists interested in pursuing a project in Germany can apply for a fellowship.

The fellowship, sponsored by the Robert Bosch Foundation and Cultural Vistas, gives U.S. professionals the opportunity to complete a comprehensive professional development program in Germany.

The program includes travel, seminars, customized work placements and networking events designed to help fellows gain an in-depth understanding of current issues facing the European Union and Germany. Fellows may choose from two options of the program duration: six months or nine months.

Prior to the seminar series and work placements in September, fellows will participate in up to five months of language training.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens under the age of 40 with at least five years of relevant work experience in their proposed field of work they wish to pursue in Germany. Graduate degree is preferred.

Candidates from the following fields can apply: business administration, cultural management (ex. museum, theater, orchestra), journalism, law, nonprofit, public policy and urban planning.

Fellows will receive a monthly stipend of EUR3,000 (US$3,860) starting in September, monthly summer stipend of EUR1,000 (US$1,287) and financial support for accompanying spouse and children. Accommodation and travel costs are also covered.

The application deadline is Nov. 1.

For more information, click here.

Pulliam Journalism Fellowship

Join us for the summer of 2015. The Indianapolis Star and The Arizona Republic, Gannett Co. newspapers, are seeking college students and new graduates with a talent for reporting, news design and graphics, or photojournalism for an exciting and demanding journalism fellowship program.

Why should I apply for this journalism program?

You’ll be a member of our newsroom, work hard and gain valuable journalism experience. You get paid, too. Our Pulliam Fellows earn $650/week for the 10-week program. You’ll also get to participate in writing workshops and learn over lunch from some of the best minds in journalism.

Am I qualified for this journalism program?

College juniors, seniors and graduate students enrolled in a journalism or related degree program as of Nov. 1, 2014, are eligible. Previous newspaper journalism internships and/or experience as a journalist on a college newspaper are preferred. You need to be committed to a career in news journalism. You must have reliable transportation and arrange for your own housing. We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity among its journalism fellows.

What’s the deadline for this journalism application?

All application materials must be postmarked by Nov. 1, 2014. (We may accept some journalism candidates after the deadline.)

When should I be there?

June 8, 2015 – Aug. 14, 2015

How do I apply?

Download the journalism application and send it anytime between now and Nov. 1, 2014.

Russell B. Pulliam
Pulliam Fellowship Director
The Indianapolis Star
130 S. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Send your completed journalism application materials to the above address. These materials comprise the following:

1. A completed application form. Download the form here.

2. Samples of your best published writings, at least half of which were written under deadline.

3. A transcript of your college credits (or have your school send it).

4. A recent photograph of yourself.

5. Three letters of recommendation from people who know the most about you and your work, such as editors, supervisors, teachers and colleagues.

Please e-mail Russ Pulliam in Indianapolis at  or call (317) 444-6001, or Stuart Warner in Phoenix at  or call (602) 444-8640 if you have any questions or would like more information.

Apply for the Matter International Reporting Fellowship

We’re interested in stories that matter — stories that, as we state in our mission statement, “start or end conversations, that have meaning and impact, that change minds.” Matter will fund one such story this fall in our first annual International Reporting Fellowship.

We will award one $10,000 grant to a writer or team of journalists so that he or she may investigate and report a narrative feature on an issue of global importance—or local stories of global interest. We’re open to a broad range of topics and interests, though we’re looking for stories that are provocative, timely, and idea-driven. It’s our mission to take big swings at big issues, and this story should reflect that.

We know that the best stories come from great reporting — and reporting isn’t cheap. That’s why we’re willing to cover travel expenses up to $5,000 on top of the $10,000 grant. We also know that it isn’t always easy for new writers to land that first big reporting assignment—so our goal for this fellowship is to work with writers who have not yet been published in major national magazines.

How to Apply:


If you’re interested in applying to Matter’s International Reporting Fellowship, write a proposal for your story in a Medium draft. (Drafts work like Google docs and automatically save whatever you write. The only people who will be able to view the draft are those you share it with.) The pitch should outline your well-researched idea, the reporting involved, and how you would tell the story. Please include three links to writing samples. Be sure to also include a rough estimate of your travel expenses. Email the Medium draft link to us at:

The deadline for proposals is Noon EST on November 1, 2014.




We’ll publish all proposals in thisMedium collection. (If you’d like to make certain parts of the pitch confidential, please notify us in your email, and we will respect your request.) We’ll choose our top submissions by November 7, and then open it up to our audience to vote on which story to fund.

The voting will take place from November 7–15 and will be tallied by the number of Medium “Recommends” a certain proposal receives. We will announce the winning proposal on December 1, 2014.



Fellowship for Reporting on Biodiversity

Application Deadline: Sunday, October 5th

In the midst of a global environmental crisis, most of the current focus on tropical forest conservation centers on carbon emissions. In response, many multinational corporations operating in and sourcing from Latin America are establishing zero deforestation policies based around carbon stocks. The concerning question, however, is this: could the focus on climate overshadow biodiversity? If so, what would a low carbon world with impaired biodiversity look like?

Additionally, in Latin America a number of big companies have recently made high profile zero deforestation commitments that seem to extend well beyond the traditional reach of corporate social responsibility. Are attitudes of the biggest companies also changing with respect to biodiversity conservation?

Potential questions:

- What are the current attitudes and actions of industrial giants in Latin America in respect to both carbon offsets and biodiversity conservation?

- What do zero deforestation commitments really mean? How do zero deforestation commitments tie in with biodiversity conservation?

- Is a focus on carbon finance leading land managers and governments in Latin America to prioritize carbon values over biodiversity?

- Are attitudes toward biodiversity as an ecosystem service changing?

- Is there a role for mechanisms like biodiversity offsetting? Is biodiversity offsetting actually a net benefit for biodiversity?

- Some big NGOs have aligned themselves with big industrial companies. Where does biodiversity fit into these relationships?

- What is the current state of markets for products derived from biodiversity (e.g. medicines, supplements)? Are biopiracy concerns being addressed?

- What sort of safeguards could be implemented to minimize risks to biodiversity in low-carbon landscapes?

This SRI does not have a specific focal geography, though research must be focused on areas in Latin America with established biodiversity value and that have active big industrial players. Your proposal will be evaluated based on the originality of your idea and your ability to write and publish a series of interesting and engaging stories. will commit up to $15,000 to fund the top proposal: $12,000 as a stipend and up to $3,000 for reporting and travel costs. You will have two months for travel and research and two months for writing. You can work from anywhere in the world.

Application Deadline: Sunday, October 5th.  Check out our Apply and FAQpages to learn more about applying.

Business Insider is Hiring in the UK

Business Insider is expanding in the U.K.! We’re opening a newsroom in London this summer, with a focus on finance, tech and politics. We are hiring at all levels, from an editor-in-chief to editors, reporters and paid interns. Successful candidates will get a rare opportunity to be the founding BI U.K. employees tasked with building an exciting new brand from the ground up.

Business Insider is the largest business news publication in the U.S. and Australia, as measured by monthly unique visitors. Nearly 50 million people read BI every month, globally, which means we’re bigger than the Wall Street Journal. Our U.S. company was founded five years ago with four employees; we now employ over 170 people, with about 80 people in the newsroom.

We are looking for candidates who read Business Insider regularly, understand our tone and style, and LOVE our content. This is not a traditional journalism job where you will file only two stories a week. We pride ourselves on our mix of original reporting, smart aggregation, and analysis to produce digital stories in a variety of ways: through text, photos, audio, video, charts, GIFs and social media embeds.

We’re looking for editors and reporters who are ambitious, smart, funny, fast, and consume huge amounts of digital media. You should be comfortable working on multiple stories per day and building your own audience and personal brand through social media.

Send us your CV, links to five clips and no more than five sentences describing why we should hire you. (Include that information in the Cover Letter area on this site.)

Washington Post Summer Internships

The Washington Post offers 12-week paid internships for reporters on the Local, National, Foreign Financial, Sports, Features and Editorial desks, as well as internships for visual journalists, multiplatform and social media producers, copy editors and web designers.

November 7 deadline