Posted On: July 19, 2018
Media Organization: Guardian US
Guardian US, with newsrooms in New York, Washington and Oakland, brings a global perspective to America on issues including inequality, race and immigration, the environment, the role of technology in our lives, national security, women’s rights, the rise of the far right, gun control, and more.
Guardian News & Media (GNM), publisher of theguardian.com, is one of the largest English-speaking newspaper websites in the world. Since launching its US and Australia digital editions in 2011 and 2013 respectively, traffic from outside of the UK now represents over two-thirds of the Guardian’s total digital audience.
First published in 1821, the Guardian is renowned for its award-winning investigation, The Counted, which exposed and documented lethal police force across America, its agenda-setting NSA surveillance revelations following disclosures by whistleblower Edward Snowden, its globally acclaimed investigation into phone hacking, and most recently the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers investigations.
The Guardian is an independent, global news organization driven by a spirit of social, economic and racial justice. We strive to shed lights in dark places, and tell untold stories. But we also wish to reflect and celebrate the rich tapestry of our lives - from cultural pursuits to lifestyle trends; and from new trends in food to the most revealing interviews.
To do all of this work as best we can, we need to give a platform to the widest possible range of voices and perspectives. And we want – and need – to do more to enhance the diversity of voice, experience, and background in our team.
This is why we are opening up the Guardian US Fellowship program – a scheme that offers aspiring journalists the opportunity to join our dynamic team and get real world exposure and experience to the news industry.
We are looking for people who love journalism, and telling stories. You will have a passion for exploring the themes and issues that will resonate with the Guardian’s global audience. We are keen to hear from applicants who have interests in a wide range of issues - from hard news topics such as immigration to pop culture and social trends. You may have an interest in news or features or comment/opinion, but overall you are passionate about finding and telling stories about America in 2018.
As a Fellow you will jump in and work as part of an active team and we’ll give you the practical experience and support to acquire and hone the skills of a journalist.
Typical assignments might include reporting breaking news, writing features on the biggest talking points of the day, planning, research and writing for special projects across a range of issues and topics - such as inequality, environment, immigration, criminal justice, culture, lifestyle trends, cities and more - and participating in project teams for new product launches, such as a morning news briefing.
We welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds, different life experiences, different educational and cultural backgrounds, and new thoughts and perspectives. A diverse team means we can better reflect and engage our global audience.
Key responsibilities and duties:
Pitching story ideas to Guardian US desks and editors
Writing or contributing to news articles, live blogs, explainers, newsletters and features
Producing clean, accurate written material on breaking news to deadline
Ensuring that published material is kept up to date with the latest information
Monitoring social media for conversation-starting stories and reactions, and developing these as news stories or in other formats for theguardian.com
Planning, facilitating and reporting for special projects
Strong storytelling skills; this doesn’t just have to be writing, we are interested in a variety of mediums such as film, photography, data, illustration, to name a few.
Interest and passion about news and social issues
Good knowledge of news sources and social media
Excellent research skills
Ability to work both as part of a team and alone
Flexible and able to multi-task
Ability to work on strict deadlines and produce quality accurate copy under pressure
Ability to generate original ideas and angles
Fellowship programs generally run for six months on a full time basis (approximately 40 hours per week) and pay $20 per hour.