High Country News, an award-winning magazine covering the communities and environment of the Western United States, seeks applicants for a climate justice fellowship. The fellowship is designed for early-career print and visual journalists interested in reporting on climate change and environmental justice, and will provide on-the-ground reporting opportunities and a chance to dive deep into important stories, as well as professional mentorship and career development.
The fellowship will run for six months, starting July 1 2021, and includes coaching and instruction from across HCN's editorial and art departments. Fellows will work with the leaders of our North, South, Indigenous Affairs and Reflections & Reviews desks to produce reported stories, analysis pieces and/or essays. Visual journalists will produce photo essays, multimedia projects and/or videos.
Candidates will bring curiosity, fair-mindedness and a desire to share stories from and for communities and individuals who are disproportionately impacted by climate change, from Indigenous nations on the frontlines of sea-level rise to communities of color living in the shadow of oil and chemical facilities.
High Country News is part of a growing number of newsrooms addressing a historic lack of representation, inclusion and equity in journalism with effective solutions. We welcome applicants from all life experiences and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to apply, including Indigenous people, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people and those from marginalized and low-income backgrounds.
Duties/outcomes will include:
The fellowship is an opportunity for a journalist to build their knowledge and expertise of the impacts of climate change on traditionally underserved communities - and how those communities are responding.
Fellows will publish at least 8 bylined stories over the course of their six-month fellowships. Visual journalists will produce at least 3 photo essays, videos or multimedia pieces, and other assignments as needed.
Each fellowship will include a major capstone project that could be a feature-length reporting project, a multimedia story, a short documentary video or an interactive, digital piece.
Fellows will contribute to the editorial vision and success of the magazine by collaborating with other journalists, joining regular departmental meetings, and sharing subject matter expertise.
Compensation and general terms:
Working hours are flexible but fellows should expect to work between 30 and 35 hours each week. Fellows are paid a stipend on a bi-weekly basis of $1,187.25, which includes a work-from-home allowance. Support with IT equipment is also provided.
HCN's business headquarters is in Paonia, Colorado, but the editorial staff works remotely.
High Country News is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion among our staff, volunteers, programs, and partners. We encourage applicants of diverse abilities, backgrounds, and life experiences to apply. HCN is committed to equal employment opportunities and prohibits the unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.
To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé and cover letter and samples of your work (3-5 written stories, 10-15 still images, or links to 3 videos or multimedia projects) to firstname.lastname@example.org with "HCN Climate Justice Fellowship" in the subject line.