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Grist is a nonprofit, independent media organization dedicated to highlighting climate solutions and uncovering environmental injustices. Since 1999, we have used the power of journalism to engage the public about the perils of the most existential threat we face. Now that three-quarters of Americans recognize that climate change is happening, we’ve shifted our focus to show that a just and sustainable future is within reach. Grist’s Innovation and Growth team supports and supplements work across Grist, ensuring that our storytelling is impactful and reaches a wide audience.
For over a decade, the Grist Fellowship Program has aimed to provide a formative experience in a geographically distributed yet tight-knit newsroom through dedicated editing and professional development for early-career journalists. We encourage fellows’ full participation in staff discussions and meetings and seek their input on issues large and small. We provide hands-on training for fellows in the fundamentals of climate journalism and work closely with supervisors to create a shared culture of inclusion, communication, and respect.
Grist is seeking a Food and Agriculture Fellow to join our Editorial team. With the mentorship and support of Grist’s editorial staff, the Food and Agriculture Fellow will report on the wide array of stories that touch on climate change and food systems – from the Farm Bill to water cutbacks to climate-driven shifts in food availability. We’re looking for candidates with fresh story ideas that resonate with both a rural and urban audience. We’re also interested in journalism that identifies people working on homegrown solutions, particularly in agricultural hubs like the U.S. Midwest.
This fellowship is a full-time, remote position and will run for 12 months, beginning March 1, 2023 and ending February 29, 2024. Applications without both a resume and cover letter will not be considered.
The annual base salary for this position is $50,000. Grist is based in Seattle, but our jobs don’t have to be. We have staff around the country. This position is represented by Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild Local 37082 (“Grist NewsGuild”).
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Identify and pitch ideas for stories that look at the effects of climate change and pollution on food systems
Write 2 to 3 stories — including quick news and analysis pieces — each week
Assist with editorial duties including research, web production, and fact-checking
Pitch, report, and write one enterprise/feature story by the end of the fellowship
Contribute periodically to larger projects as part of a team
Engage actively in meetings, such as story brainstorms and fellow trainings
The mission of the Grist fellowship program is to help underrepresented, early-career climate journalists gain a stronger foothold in our industry. Our definition of “early-career” includes but is not limited to: journalists who are relatively new to the environmental/climate beat, freelancers who have not had full-time newsroom experience, recent journalism school graduates, scientists without formal journalism training but with strong writing clips and content knowledge, and developing local reporters who are seeking experience with a national news outlet.
Four-year degree, or equivalent professional experience
Strong understanding of Grist’s brand
Demonstrated familiarity with environmental and climate justice
Demonstrated experience in research or reporting
Demonstrated comfort with writing on deadline
Ability to make a full-time, 12-month commitment
Legal ability to work in the United States
Availability during standard work hours in their U.S. time zone
12 months of solid newsroom experience, a body of clips, and fluency in climate and environmental justice issues
Company laptop for use during time at Grist
Access to $600 in educational funds per year related to their professional development
Networking with other members of the editorial team, including Grist’s in-person all-staff meeting
Weekly mentorship via our Newsroom Training Series, which covers a range of skills, from filing FOIA requests to audio/video script-writing to battling imposter syndrome
Meaningful integration into the workings of a busy and exciting nonprofit media organization
The Food and Agriculture Fellow is a member of Grist’s collective bargaining unit
Applicants must submit each of the following application materials.
Cover letter. We are looking for a succinct, thoughtful cover letter that explains what you are passionate about when it comes to climate reporting, gives examples of environmental justice-focused story ideas you might want to pursue, and reasons you are a good fit for the Grist fellowship program — and this fellowship in particular.
Links to two news writing samples. These can appear within or appended to the end of your cover letter. 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. If you have a GitHub account you’d like to show us, please provide a link to your profile.