Outside offers paid six-month fellowships at our headquarters in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Our fellows are included in nearly all of Outside’s editorial processes, including feature pitch meetings, film shoots, and casual brainstorming sessions. They get a firsthand look at how an multiplatform national publication comes together. They also have the opportunity to execute their own work during their time at Outside, including a long-term capstone project. Finally, fellows get to participate in periodic instructional seminars and one-on-one meetings with our editorial staff and award-winning contributors, which provide invaluable mentorship and professional-development opportunities.
Who We’re Looking For:
Early-career journalists and creatives who are excited to contribute to Outside. If you’re new to the outdoor world but passionate about the topics we cover, please don’t hesitate to apply. We especially encourage applications from women, people of color, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and others who have been historically underrepresented in journalism and the outdoor industry. Unfortunately, telecommuting is not an option, and Outside is unable to provide work visas for those applying from outside the United States. All positions are located in our Santa Fe office. The most competitive applicants typically have some post-college journalism experience, but we do not require college degrees.
Our fellowship roles are 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, and pay $15 an hour (and time and a half for overtime hours).
The editorial fellowship is a great opportunity for early-career journalists who want to learn how long-form journalism works.
Editorial fellows’ responsibilities include:
- Working with our editors and writers to fact-check our print and online feature stories. At Outside, fact-checking is an integral part of the editorial process, and as a fact-checker, you get to watch how a long-form story takes shape, reengineer the writer’s reporting to make sure it’s fair and accurate, and often have a significant voice in the story’s editing process.
- Fact-checking shorter online and service stories. We also want to make sure our news coverage and reader service is authoritative and credible, and to that end, our fellows fact-check shorter articles, too, from quick-turnaround gear news to health packages and travel guides.
- Contributing research to various stories and projects. This may include tracking down nautical charts for a map, putting together a data set for a chart, obtaining a court document for an investigation, or reaching out to experts to develop a feature or package idea for an editor.
- Generating story ideas to bring to pitch meetings and brainstorming sessions. We encourage our fellows to constantly come up with ideas, be it a quick news hit, an idea for a special issue, or a pitch for a longer online story.
- Writing for the online site as well as the magazine. We often tap our fellows for everything from sidebars in the magazine to online stories on a news development. Fellows also have opportunities to pitch and pursue longer stories, including for a capstone project, which involves working with an editor to develop and write a narrative online feature.
- Be passionate about the outdoors (but not necessarily a hardcore athlete)
- Know the magazine well
- Have some professional experience reporting and/or fact-checking at a newspaper, magazine, or website
- Possess strong attention to detail and problem-solving skills
We are currently hiring for the editorial-fellowship cycle that will start in June 2020. Applications are due on April 3. To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé, and three relevant writing samples to senior research editor Luke Whelan at email@example.com.