Scripps Howard Fellowship

Employer Scripps Howard Foundation
Location Various Locations
Type Full time
Apply by October 30, 2020
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Posted on September 21, 2020


Apply here for the Scripps Howard Fellowship. The deadline is October 30, 2020 at the end of the day. No exceptions.


  1. Completed Bachelor’s Degree by June 1, 2021
  2. No more than 5 years of professional experience in journalism
  3. Able to work from June 1, 2021 through May 27, 2022
  4. An online portfolio
  5. A passion for journalism and a desire to build your leadership skills

*Note: References will be required ONLY if you are selected as a finalist.  If your references prefer to send a letter of recommendation to us directly, have them email it to: Be sure to have them include your name in the email subject line.

**Note: Foreign applicants are welcome for this opportunity, however, you must be able to secure the proper credentials to work in the United States. However, the Scripps Howard Foundation will not be able to provide any assistance with this process.

The Fellowship has four tracks:

  • Investigative Reporting for Video (At Scripps/Newsy)
  • Data Reporting (At Scripps/Newsy)
  • Newsletter Reporting (At Propublica)
  • Illustrator and Visual Journalism (At ProPublica)

You will be required to select your top choice for a track and a second choice. 

Track Descriptions:

Investigative Reporting for Video (At Scripps/Newsy): Journalism is still about telling people something they didn’t know. Having the skills to find that information and synthesize into a compelling story is as crucial as ever. You’ll work with some of the best investigative journalists in the business to find important accountability stories. Your primary outlet will be broadcast, with a focus on visually immersive, documentary style video production and narrative storytelling like what is found in this piece and this one.

Data Reporting (At Scripps/Newsy): Our data team has been instrumental in bringing important investigative stories forward and spurring changes in communities and in agencies at the local, state and federal level. You’ll be part of a team that helps develop and vet story ideas and adds the power of data to all our reporting. As a key member of the data team, you’ll work with the entire newsroom in collecting, cleaning, evaluating and analyzing data – as well as turning that data into stories — and get practice using tools like QGIS, Google Earth, and Excel, and programming languages like R, Python, and SQL. You will also learn how to factcheck and bullet proof our data to ensure accuracy.

Newsletter Reporting (At ProPublica): ProPublica’s award-winning newsletter program has brought readers deeper into our journalism through original reporting and illuminating writing. In this role, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with investigative reporters to explain and contextualize findings, as well as doing reporting – and plenty of writing – of your own. We’re looking for someone with a journalism background and an interest in email newsletters.

Illustrator and Visual Journalism (At ProPublica): Illustration is a crucial part of ProPublica’s storytelling, representing stories on invisible, complex systems [], subjects with protected identities [], and circumstances outside of the reach of photography []. You’ll be collaborating directly with ProPublica’s art director and the editorial visuals team to create illustrations, animations, photo illustrations, and visual art to accompany our published work. Our ideal applicant is someone who has a strong interest in data and storytelling, is embarking upon a career as an illustrator/visual journalist and is hoping to create a portfolio of strong and expressive work for the future. You do not need to have a background in journalism. Applicants from fine art and interdisciplinary backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.