Editorial Fellow

Posted On: March 5, 2024


Media Organization: Mother Jones

Company Description

Mother Jones is a reader-supported investigative news organization honored as Magazine of the Year by our peers in the industry. Our nonprofit newsroom goes deep on the biggest stories of the moment, from politics and criminal and racial justice to education, climate change, and food/agriculture.

We reach 8 million people each month via our website, social media, videos, email newsletters, and print magazine. Our fellowship program is one of the premier training grounds for emerging investigative storytellers.

Founded in 1976, Mother Jones is America’s longest-established investigative news organization. We are based in San Francisco and have bureaus in Washington, DC, and New York.

We are independent (no corporate owners) and are accountable only to you, our readers. Our mission is to deliver hard-hitting reporting that inspires change and combats “alternative facts.”

Job Description

The editorial fellowship is a demanding, research-intensive foray into investigative journalism. While fellows spend a large portion of their time fact-checking, the fellowship also offers extensive experience in writing and reporting stories, from breaking news to long enterprise pieces. Fellows work closely with reporters and editors on fact-checking, research, and reporting. You’ll receive training in every aspect of the editorial process, from research tools and methods to media law, and have opportunities to learn magazine pitching, explore news writing, and hone your reporting, writing, and investigative skills. You’ll attend regular skill-building sessions covering topics that span the operations of a media organization.

Editorial fellows work closely on our award-winning bimonthly print magazine. By fact-checking our investigations, columns, and other reported pieces, fellows reverse-engineer a reporter’s work and learn what it takes to report, organize, and write a sophisticated magazine story. Fellows are also expected and encouraged to report on subjects including national and regional politics, climate change, the justice system, reproductive rights, and culture. This year in particular, we’re looking for candidates who are excited to pitch in on our election coverage.

Fellows may also become involved in various digital projects—working on our newsletters, helping with web production, working on the podcast Reveal, and aiding our Climate Desk partnership—depending on interest and need.

We’re looking for candidates with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Some of our current fellows have had previous journalism jobs, while others are working in a newsroom for the first time. Candidates should be curious, driven, hardworking, and excited about our mission to inspire change through hard-hitting reporting. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply.

Mother Jones has offices in San Francisco, Washington, DC, and New York City. Many editorial staff are currently working remotely. The 2024-2025 fellowship cycle will be remote, but fellows living near one of our bureaus would be welcome to come into the office if they choose. We encourage interested candidates who live outside these cities to also apply. Fellows are required to be able to work in the US.

This is a union position. The terms of this job are covered under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with Local 2103, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, AFL-CIO.

To Apply

To apply to our editorial fellowship, complete this form: https://forms.gle/YRPpTZPNFtQxv25g7