Reflect America Fellowship
Full Time Job
NPR wants to look and sound like America, so we’re seeking a tenacious journalist to work with producers, reporters, hosts and editors to bring the eclectic voices of the country to our audience.
We’re looking for someone who stays on top of the news, is well-versed on a wide range of topics, and wants to learn and grow in one of the nation’s most dynamic newsrooms. In this fellowship, you’ll find, vet and book a diversity of experts and everyday people for stories and interviews on the radio, online and in podcasts. You’ll do a reporting rotation on one of NPR’s news desks, and you’ll support NPR and Member stations as we build a public media workforce that reflects America.
You’ll expand your skills and portfolio in an innovative newsroom with an unparalleled storytelling legacy. Come work and learn alongside journalists whose award-winning stories inform millions of people and provoke change.
This is a full-time, 12-month fellowship that begins on March 2, 2020. The position is based at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. The application deadline is Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Want to know what it’s like? Ask Pien Huang, the first Reflect America Fellow, who’s now reporting on Global Health for NPR.
• Work with editors, producers and reporters to source new, diverse voices and get them on the air, in podcasts and into online stories
• Report for three months with one of NPR’s core News teams
• Work with NPR researchers on our ongoing sourcing efforts, helping NPR and Member stations find new ways to keep tabs on the diversity of sources
• Support NPR’s participation in the Think.Public.Media initiative to train and recruit journalists at minority journalism conferences
• Other duties as assigned
• At least two years journalism experience (including internships and fellowships) in any medium
• Fluency in digital journalism and social media platforms
• Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively
• High-quality writing skills
• A college degree or equivalent work experience
• Fluency in another language, especially in Spanish
• Experience with sourcing and reaching out to subject-matter experts
• Project management skills
What do I need in order to apply?
• In lieu of a cover letter, each completed application must include answers to the following questions:
• Where would you look for more diverse sources?
• What news stories do you think will be most important in 2020?
• What are your favorite accounts to follow on social media when it comes to staying informed?
• Tell us about a time when you pitched a story or a source that was rejected. What did you learn from that?
• Tell us about an NPR story you think would have been enhanced by more diverse sources. Who would you have interviewed instead? Why?
• Up to 5 links of your best journalistic work.
• The names and contact information for two people who can speak to your work ethic, journalistic skills and passion for diversity.
NPR offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness benefits, retirement, and work/life balance programs, as well as opportunities for career growth and development.
NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NPR is committed to being an inclusive place to work that welcomes diverse and unique perspectives, all working toward the same goal – to create a more informed public. Qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law.