The Grist Fellowship Program is an opportunity to hone your skills at a national news outlet and deepen your understanding of environmental issues. We’re looking for early-career journalists with a variety of skills, from traditional reporting to multimedia whizbangery. We will offer exposure to the leading sustainability thinkers and theories of our time, real-world experience at a fast-paced news site, and the occasional French bulldog in a Triceratops costume. Grist fellows have gone on to land jobs at Mother Jones, The New York Times, Pacific Standard, Oceana, Greentech Media, and The Stranger, among other outlets.
Grist is an independent nonprofit media organization that shapes the country’s environmental conversations, making green second nature for our monthly audience of 2.5 million and growing. At Grist, green isn’t about hugging trees or hiking — it’s about using humor and straight talk to connect big issues like climate change to real people and how they live, work, and play.
Applicants must submit the following in one PDF attachment:
Resume and cover letter. We are looking for a succinct, thoughtful cover letter that displays your qualifications, enthusiasm, and communication style.
Write a news brief. Identify something that’s happening in the news and write a mock Briefly story for Grist. Please include any relevant links to news sources and background info. News brief should be 200 words or less. Please include a link to an image or video that you would run with the story. (Note: We do not intend to publish this assignment, so don’t worry about whether you have the rights to the image or video.)
Pitch a mini-feature. Could be a profile, an explainer, a reported news story. Pitch should be a brief paragraph.
Pitch: What’s your big idea? What aspect of the environmental/sustainability story are you passionate about covering? How would you explore that passion in the form of a deep-dive story for Grist? Please specify how you would approach the story, including target sources, length and format, potential angle, multimedia aspects, etc. Pitch should be no longer than 300 words.
Three samples of your work. Writing samples can be newspaper or magazine clips, blog posts, or unpublished pieces. We will gladly accept links to multimedia samples (video, illustration, infographic, podcast, etc.), but cannot review original files.
Applications should be emailed to email@example.com. Please include “News Fellow” in the subject line. Please include all materials in one PDF attachment. Incomplete applications will not be considered.