The Ben Bagdikian Fellowship Program

So you want to be a journalist. You want to learn how a great magazine comes together, how to cover breaking news, how investigations happen, how awards are won. You want skills, you want experience, you wouldn’t mind cash. Well, you’ve come to the right place. The Ben Bagdikian Fellowship Program offers a crash course in investigative journalism. It also supports emerging journalists and media professionals, allowing them to make invaluable contributions to a high-flying news organization.

Mother Jones fellows dive deep into every aspect of a national multimedia outfit—from making news to making it pretty, ensuring its impact, and mastering the inner workings of nonprofit publishing. You should be ready to drill down into complex research, fact-checking, and strategic projects, and have the reporting bona fides or other relevant experience to show you’re ready.

Our fellows go on to do amazing things. They cover groundbreaking events and write award-winning stories for our magazine. Nearly 9 out of 10 of them go on to get jobs in journalism. Graduates of the program have risen to the top of the media food chain; written books; become staff reporters, columnists, and editors-in-chief; and filled the mastheads of publications ranging from the New York Times to Wired to the Huffington Post. Many of them end up on staff at Mother Jones.

Find out more on these pages and apply if the gig sounds right for you:

You’d join us for one of the most challenging, wild, and rewarding experiences of your young career. We’ll work you hard and demand your best. And in the end you’ll learn a ton, and be our hero.

Mother Jones believes that a diverse newsroom strengthens the quality of our workplace and reporting. We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, veteran status, union activity, physical or mental disability, AIDS/HIV status, on-the-job injuries, age, or any status otherwise protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.