Ben Bagdikian Fellowship Program

Fellowships At Mother Jones

Active Fellowships:

Editorial Fellowship (SF)

Online Editorial Fellowship (SF)

Editorial Fellowship (DC)

 

Editorial Fellowship (SF): The San Francisco editorial fellowship is a research-intensive foray into investigative journalism based at Mother Jones' headquarters. Fellows work closely with reporters and editors on everything from fact-checking to researching leads to reporting. As fact-checkers, editorial fellows are MoJo's best line of defense, tracking down primary sources by conducting interviews, crunching numbers, and scouring government and academic databases. You'll fact-check feature-length articles for the print magazine as well as stories and data-driven interactives for the website. You'll pitch online and print content, and engage in new forms of digital storytelling and multimedia.

Aside from reverse-engineering complex narrative features, fellows attend production meetings, help craft killer headlines, write for our culture, environment, and politics blogs, and have their hands in almost every part of the editorial process. It's a challenging and fast-paced crash course in magazines. You'll receive training in every aspect of publishing, from research tools and tactics to libel law and reporting strategies. You'll also attend regular skill-building sessions covering topics that span the operations of a media organization.

Desired Skills

  • Stellar writing ability, as demonstrated by published work
  • Experience with and desire to pursue complex fact-checking and research projects
  • Previous reporting experience a strong plus
  • Scrupulous attention to detail and the ability to quickly digest and analyze information
  • A real zeal for news and media
  • Comfort and experience with digital tools and platforms like Excel and Google Fusion, as well as social-media savvy
  • Flexibility and grace under pressure
  • Respect for deadlines

SF editorial fellows work on the research team under the supervision of the research editor to fact-check three issues of the print magazine and weekly online stories.

Applicants must be able to commit to this full-time position for six months, with cycles starting in December and June.

Fellows receive a $1,625 monthly stipend, supported by grants from the Irving Harris and Lannan Foundations, and by the generosity of our nearly 39,000 contributors. After six months, fellows can apply to stay on for a six-month senior fellowship with an increased $1,800 monthly stipend.

Currently accepting applications for the June 1, 2016, start date. Deadline is April 1, 2016. Learn how to apply here.

Online Editorial Fellowship (SF): Are you obsessed with digital media and eager to strengthen the accuracy and quality of what gets passed around the internet? Online fellows work alongside our editorial fellows to fact-check, produce, and improve content, but do it primarily on our website, with an added emphasis on web production.

Desired Skills

  • Stellar writing ability, as demonstrated by published work
  • A perfectionist's eye for detail
  • The ability to quickly digest and analyze information
  • A real zeal for online news and media
  • Comfort with the back end of at least one CMS; if it's Drupal, even better!
  • A working knowledge of HTML and experience with Photoshop
  • Social-media mastery of at least two or three platforms
  • Self starter with a positive, can-do attitude

Online editorial fellows work under the supervision of the research editor and the online editor.

Applicants must be able to commit to this full-time position for six months, with cycles starting in December and June.

Fellows receive a $1,625 monthly stipend, supported by grants from the Irving Harris and Lannan Foundations, and by the generosity of our nearly 39,000 contributors. After six months, fellows can apply to stay on for a six-month senior fellowship with an increased $1,800 monthly stipend.

Currently accepting applications for the June 1, 2016, start date. Deadline is April 1, 2016. Learn how to apply here.

Editorial Fellowship (DC): Our editorial fellowship based in our Washington, DC, bureau is a research- and reporting-intensive foray into the life of investigative beat reporters and editors. An immersive and fast-paced mix of fact-checking, web production, research, and blogging, the fellowship means working closely with our team of a dozen reporters and editors in the Beltway to learn the ropes of reporting breaking news, strategizing the delivery of investigative content, and promoting stories through social media and other outlets.

Desired Skills

  • Stellar writing ability, as demonstrated by published work
  • A hunger to take on research and reporting projects in a wide variety of topics
  • The ability to quickly digest and analyze information and scrupulous attention to detail
  • A real zeal for news and media
  • Comfort and experience with digital tools and platforms like Excel and Google Fusion
  • Flexibility and grace under pressure
  • A respect for deadlines and a true self-starter
  • Experience with Photoshop
  • Social-media savvy

DC editorial fellows work under the supervision of our DC bureau editors as well as the research editor.

Experience working in a breaking news environment a real plus, and must be able to commit to this full-time position for six months.

Fellows receive a $1,625 monthly stipend, supported by grants from the Irving Harris and Lannan Foundations, and by the generosity of our nearly 39,000 contributors. After six months, fellows can apply to stay on for a six-month senior fellowship with an increased $1,800 monthly stipend.

*Note: We have far fewer fellowship positions available in the DC bureau. We advise DC fellowship applicants who are amenable to moving to San Francisco to apply to both DC and SF, and to state your preference for DC in your cover letter.

Currently accepting applications for the June 1, 2016, start date. Deadline is April 1, 2016. Learn how to apply here.