2024 National Hearst Journalism Fellowship Program

Hearst Newspapers
  • Location
    San Francisco, California
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Nov 11

Position description

The Fellowship is a two-year program focusing on journalism in a changing digital world. This program consists of two 12-month rotations at our top metro papers - San Francisco, Houston, San Antonio, Albany, and one of our papers in Connecticut. Fellows will receive training, mentoring and real-world experience alongside top journalists who are using cutting-edge tools to tell stories through data, video, and more. Hearst Fellows are full-time employees with competitive salary and benefits, including health insurance, relocation allowance and housing stipend depending on location. 

What it could mean for your future 

The goal of the program, if successfully completed by the Fellow, is to be offered a job at the end of the two years. 

While participation in the program is not a guarantee of future employment, our goal is to recruit candidates who eventually will join our full-time professional staff. All of us at Hearst Fellowships have an investment in your future and in the future of Hearst Newspapers. 

Hearst Fellowships jump-start great journalism careers 

The experience you gain as a Hearst Fellow is the start of a strong foundation for your journalism career. Our objective is to recruit, train and retain a variety of journalists, including digital developers and reporters. We identify and develop high-caliber multimedia professionals from a diverse pool of the country’s best journalists. Candidates should be college graduates with interest, experience or background in journalism or related fields. Those selected will have the opportunity to grow in one of the world’s best journalism organizations. 

How Fellows are selected A panel of Hearst’s top editors will review applications and select finalists. 

Candidates will submit in a writing test and finalists will be interviewed in February.

Professional assistance to ensure your best chance of success 

If you are offered and accept a position, you will be assigned a mentor and can develop professional relationships with seasoned journalists throughout Hearst Newspapers. Your mentor will be a peer with expertise in your area of interest and will help you set and reach career goals. You will work with them alongside your direct supervisor, who will design your formal development plan.

Additional Requirements & Information 

Please see our Fellows website at http://hearstfellowships.com/. In addition, candidates must be willing to relocate to San Francisco, Houston, San Antonio, Albany, or one of our papers in Connecticut as those newspapers employ our Fellows.

Application instructions

To be considered you must attach all required documents in PDF format: 

  • One-page resume that includes academic major and minor, date or expected date of graduation, permanent and current addresses, email, website, and social media addresses 
  • One additional page that include hot links to digital work samples 
  • Cover letter no longer than two pages highlighting your qualifications and making your case for becoming a Hearst Fellow 
  • Three work references including titles, email addresses and phone numbers
  • Two letters of recommendation. These need to be emailed separately to [email protected] 
  • Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S. for the entire 2-year term of the Fellowship Program. At this time, we will not be sponsoring or taking over the sponsorship of an employment visa for candidates of the Fellowship Program.

Deadline to apply for the Fellowship program is Sunday, January 7, 2024.

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