The Fellowship has four tracks:
- Investigative Reporting for Video (At Scripps/Newsy)
- Data Reporting (At Scripps/Newsy)
- Newsletter Reporting (At Propublica)
- Illustrator and Visual Journalism (At ProPublica)
You will be required to select your top choice for a track and a second choice.
Investigative Reporting for Video (At Scripps/Newsy): Journalism is still about telling people something they didn’t know. Having the skills to find that information and synthesize into a compelling story is as crucial as ever. You’ll work with some of the best investigative journalists in the business to find important accountability stories. Your primary outlet will be broadcast, with a focus on visually immersive, documentary style video production and narrative storytelling like what is found in this piece and this one.
Data Reporting (At Scripps/Newsy): Our data team has been instrumental in bringing important investigative stories forward and spurring changes in communities and in agencies at the local, state and federal level. You’ll be part of a team that helps develop and vet story ideas and adds the power of data to all our reporting. As a key member of the data team, you’ll work with the entire newsroom in collecting, cleaning, evaluating and analyzing data – as well as turning that data into stories — and get practice using tools like QGIS, Google Earth, and Excel, and programming languages like R, Python, and SQL. You will also learn how to factcheck and bullet proof our data to ensure accuracy.
Newsletter Reporting (At ProPublica): ProPublica’s award-winning newsletter program has brought readers deeper into our journalism through original reporting and illuminating writing. In this role, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with investigative reporters to explain and contextualize findings, as well as doing reporting – and plenty of writing – of your own. We’re looking for someone with a journalism background and an interest in email newsletters.
Illustrator and Visual Journalism (At ProPublica): Illustration is a crucial part of ProPublica’s storytelling, representing stories on invisible, complex systems [propublica.org], subjects with protected identities [propublica.org], and circumstances outside of the reach of photography [features.propublica.org]. You’ll be collaborating directly with ProPublica’s art director and the editorial visuals team to create illustrations, animations, photo illustrations, and visual art to accompany our published work. Our ideal applicant is someone who has a strong interest in data and storytelling, is embarking upon a career as an illustrator/visual journalist and is hoping to create a portfolio of strong and expressive work for the future. You do not need to have a background in journalism. Applicants from fine art and interdisciplinary backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.
- Can demonstrate their potential in their preferred specialty. That can mean having
previous work in the area, or having a deep understanding of it.
- Are committed to telling stories about abuses of power.
- Are excited about all the ways we can do journalism nowadays: from deep data-digging,
to working with readers, viewers and listeners to marrying narrative and investigative
- Really likes working with others. Many in newsrooms have their own superpowers,
whether it’s sourcing, document-diving, data, engagement or design. The best work is
We know there are great candidates who won’t fit everything we’ve described above, or who
have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about
We are dedicated to improving our newsrooms, in part by better reflecting the people we cover.
We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all
backgrounds and ages. Everyone is encouraged to apply, including women, people of color,
LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.