Fellowships

Strategic Communications Fellowship (San Francisco)

Social Media Fellowship (San Francisco)

Editorial Fellowship (San Francisco)

Online Editorial Fellowship (San Francisco)

Editorial Fellowship (Washington, DC)

Digital Media Fellowship (New York City)

Strategic Communications Fellowship (San Francisco): You love news, politics, and investigative reporting. You can’t tear yourself away from a great long-form story or a powerful tweetstorm. You know a killer interview when you see one. You’re a smart, hungry emerging professional determined to use your communication talent and skill to make a difference.

If this sounds right, you might be Mother Jones’ next strategic communications fellow. This fellow will work with Mother Jones’ communications strategist—in collaboration with staff across the organization—to build buzz for Mother Jones investigations and breaking news, increase our impact, and engage with our audience.

The communications fellow will assist in pitching television and radio appearances, building communication with key organizations and influencers, and identifying events and speaking opportunities for MoJo staff. He or she will help plan and promote Mother Jones events and test out new ways to engage with its readers, while also tracking Mother Jones’ impact and helping submit its journalism for prestigious awards.

This is a unique opportunity to learn and practice strategic communications, project management, and audience engagement skills while helping a major investigative reporting organization tell important stories and increase its impact.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with media relations and pitching journalists
  • Interest in strategic communications/public relations
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; comfort with reaching out to new contacts
  • Social-media savvy
  • An incredible eye for detail and organization
  • Pro multitasking skills

Ideal candidates will have experience in—and a passion for—media relations, promotion, and audience engagement. This fellow will work in Mother Jones’ San Francisco office; working remotely is not an option.

Applicants must be able to commit to this full-time position for six months. Fellows receive a $2,275 monthly stipend, supported by grants from the Irving Harris Foundation and the Lannan Foundation, and by the generosity of our contributors. After six months, fellows can apply to stay on for a six-month senior fellowship.

We are currently accepting applications for a strategic communications fellow based in San Francisco. Applications are due by Monday, August 14. To apply, please send a résumé (with the names and numbers of two references) and a cover letter to fellowships@motherjones.com with “Strategic Communications Fellowship” in the subject line.

Social Media Fellowship (San Francisco): Do you find all your news on Twitter? Get a rush from breaking news? Miss Gawker? Mother Jones is looking for an all-star social media fellow to help keep us current on social platforms, blog for our award-winning website, and enhance our coverage of breaking news. This fellow will work closely with Mother Jones’s digital news team and collaborate alongside seasoned editors and reporters. Aside from helping promote Mother Jones stories, you’ll write your own stories for our website. You’ll also help with web fact-checking and attend regular skill-building sessions covering topics that span the operations of a media organization.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience working in a fast-paced, digital newsroom
  • Stellar writing ability, as demonstrated by published work
  • Demonstrated experience with daily news blogging
  • Facility and familiarity with social media
  • Social media savvy, or an interest in developing social media skills
  • Comfort with content management systems
  • Previous reporting experience a strong plus

Applicants must be able to commit to this full-time position for six months. Fellows receive a $2,275 monthly stipend, supported by grants from the Irving Harris and Lannan Foundations, and by the generosity of our contributors. After six months, fellows can apply to stay on for a six-month senior fellowship.

We are currently accepting applications for a social media fellow based in San Francisco. Applications are due by Friday August 11. To apply, please send a resume (with the names and numbers of two references), a cover letter, and two writing samples (links to online versions preferred) to fellowships@motherjones.com.

Editorial Fellowship (San Francisco): The San Francisco editorial fellowship is a research-intensive foray into investigative journalism based at Mother Jones‘s headquarters. Fellows work closely with reporters and editors on everything from fact-checking and 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.

Fellows also attend production meetings, help craft killer headlines, write for our website, work closely with our senior editors, 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 social-media savvy
  • Flexibility and grace under pressure
  • Respect for deadlines

San Francisco editorial fellows work on the research team under the supervision of the senior research editor and the assistant 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 $2,275 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.

Currently accepting applications for the June 1, 2017, start date. Deadline is April 1, 2017. Learn how to apply here.

Online Editorial Fellowship (San Francisco): The San Francisco editorial fellowship is a research-intensive foray into investigative journalism based at Mother Jones‘s 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.

Fellows also attend production meetings, help craft killer headlines, write for our website, work closely with our senior editors, 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.

Are you obsessed with digital media and eager to strengthen the accuracy and quality of what gets passed around the internet? Online editorial 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 senior research editor, assistant 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 $2,275 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.

Currently accepting applications for the June 1, 2017, start date. Deadline is April 1, 2017. 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 and social-media savvy
  • Flexibility and grace under pressure
  • A respect for deadlines and a true self-starter
  • Experience with Photoshop

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 is a real plus, and you must be able to commit to this full-time position for six months.

Fellows receive a $2,275 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.

*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, 2017, start date. Deadline is April 1, 2017. Learn how to apply here.

Digital Media Fellowship (New York City): Mother Jones is looking for an all-star digital-media fellow to keep us current on social platforms, and enhance our multimedia coverage of breaking news—especially with snappy, smart video. This fellow will work closely with Mother Jones‘ digital news team in our New York City office. You’ll learn about every aspect of modern online publishing, collaborating with seasoned editors and reporters. You’ll also attend regular skill-building sessions covering topics that span the operations of a media organization.

Desired Skills:

  • Video editing experience, including familiarity with the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, (especially Premiere)
  • Evidence of hands-on production, including writing for video and shooting in the field
  • Stellar writing ability, as demonstrated by published work
  • Comfort with content management systems
  • A zeal for online news and media
  • A working knowledge of HTML and experience with Photoshop
  • Endless enthusiasm for digital storytelling languages like memes, GIFS, and Vines.
  • Deep familiarity with social media
  • Previous reporting experience a strong plus

Ideal candidates will have experience working in a fast-paced digital newsroom. We’ll want you to bring some skills to the table: Maybe you’ve got experience as a quick-hit blogger, you’ve worked in social media, or you’ve more-than-dipped your toes in video-editing software. This fellow will work in the New York City office.

Please submit:

  • A cover letter and résumé, including the names and numbers of two references
  • Two videos you have worked on, describing what role you played in their production (i.e. editor, shooter, producer etc.)
  • Two writing samples (links to online versions preferred)

Please send these materials by end of business, Friday, June 2, 2017, to fellowships@motherjones.com.

Fellows receive a $2,275 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.

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