Posted On: February 12, 2018
Media Organization: The New Republic
The New Republic was founded in 1914 as a journal of opinion which seeks to meet the challenge of a new time. For over 100 years, we have championed progressive ideas and challenged popular opinion. Our vision for today revitalizes our founding mission for our new time. The New Republic promotes novel solutions for today’s most critical issues. We don’t lament intractable problems; our journalism debates complex issues, and takes a stance. Our biggest stories are commitments for change.
Today, the New Republic is the voice of creative thinkers, united by a collective desire to challenge the status quo.
The New Republic is looking for journalists either recently graduated or with up to two years of professional experience for its reporter-researcher program. This yearlong fellowship, based in our New York City office, will start this coming summer and run through summer 2019.
For more than 100 years, as an institution of liberal journalism in America, The New Republic has sought to develop a distinctive and independent approach to political analysis, cultural commentary, and deep reporting. As a reporter-researcher, you'll play an important role in carrying that tradition forward.
Your primary duty will be to fact check the articles that go into our monthly magazine. In doing so, you’ll work closely with editors and writers on some of our biggest stories—groundbreaking investigative features, profiles, and discursive essays. We are looking for people who are obsessive about details, comfortable searching archives and databases, and willing to pick up the phone and make the extra call. The skills that you learn while fact-checking will be invaluable later in your journalism career.
Reporter-researchers are also encouraged to pitch ideas and to write. Ideal candidates for this position should have experience covering the news quickly and on deadline (prior experience at a campus publication, magazine, or news organization is preferred). But in addition, successful applicants almost always possess strong political or cultural chops and the ability to identify shrewd, original angles in regular news items. We want people who can take a stance, who are brimming with story ideas and willing to take the initiative to pursue them. And in turn, as a reporter-researcher, you’ll have access to some of the most talented editors in the business, willing to work with you to hone angles and sharpen your writing. Most reporter-researchers complete the program with a portfolio of strong, well-reported clips. Armed with those, they have gone on to work almost everywhere in journalism—including The New Republic itself.
This position is located in New York City. It includes a competitive salary and benefits package. Diversity is important to us in everything that we do. We encourage applicants of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, and ethnicities. To apply, please submit a résumé, three clips, and a cover letter telling us about the topics you would most like to work on, why you believe The New Republic would be a good fit for you, and why you would be a good fit for it. The deadline for applications is March 30. No phone calls or paper mail, please.