Application Deadline: June 13th 2016
YES! Magazine seeks a journalist for a one-year, full-time, in-house reporting fellowship based in our Bainbridge Island, Washington, office, near Seattle. The fellow will receive a salary of $40,000, plus vacation, commuting, and health benefits. YES! established this fellowship to support journalists from communities of color and to increase the diversity of voices and perspectives in our social justice reporting and writing.
YES! Magazine is an award-winning, national, nonprofit media organization. Our print publication reaches 60,000 people each quarter. Online we reach nearly 1 million readers every month. Our editorial mission is to support social change by investigating potential solutions to social problems through reporting, analysis, and compelling writing. While we try to avoid articles that merely describe social problems, we ask hard questions about the solutions we cover and do our best to investigate how well they’re working.
The fellowship offers the opportunity to work with experienced writers, editors, and designers to create incisive articles about solution-based responses to the news of the day and to pursue in-depth reporting projects. The fellow’s reporting will land in any of our major content areas: economic inequality, racial justice, new economy finance and business, food and health justice, climate change and environmental justice, and social justice in popular culture.
The fellow will research, report, and write articles for our website and print magazine. Online, the fellow will contribute a mix of long and short pieces, with the emphasis on substantial, reported features. In print, the fellow will contribute one article to each quarterly issue. We’re looking for thoughtfulness and impact more than daily turnarounds. We expect to see one shorter piece (500-1,000 words) per week, one to two substantial, reported pieces (1,500-3,000 words) per month; and three to four high-investment, long-form pieces over the year.
The person we’re looking for:
• You’re experienced. You’ve worked as a reporter before and have lots of clips, but you want to take your journalism further, to learn and improve.
• You’re an excellent writer with a clear and strong voice.
• You’re curious. You love to dive into new ideas.
• You have a deep understanding of progressive ideas and social justice solutions.
• You come from a community underrepresented by traditional media and are able to use that experience to help us achieve greater breadth, depth, and accuracy in our coverage.
• You’re interested in research and data that reveal important stories.
• You’re optimistic. You get it that social movements have transformed our societies many times throughout history and are excited about what they’re doing right now. You bring that context to the current events you’re covering.
• You’re a master at social media and really know how to get your stories to travel in your networks.
Please send a statement of interest, along with a resume, three published writing clips, and two professional references. We prefer to receive all materials as a single PDF, sent as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org with “reporting fellow” in the subject line.
Your statement of interest should include your name, address, race/ethnicity, and answers to the following questions:
1. Who are you, and why are you interested in joining the YES! editorial team? Why are diverse voices important in media? Up to 300 words.
2. Pitch two article ideas. One pitch should be for a short, reported piece and the other for an immersive, longform feature. Each pitch should be 50-100 words.
3. In a few sentences, tell us about your favorite media websites and magazines, and which journalists you follow.
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