Climate Solutions Fellow

Grist (Seattle office, New York hub, or remote)

Fellowship
Posted 2 months ago

Grist is a nonprofit media organization for people who want a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck. Fix, Grist’s solutions lab, explores the world of what’s possible, identifying and celebrating emerging climate and justice leaders, connecting them to each other to deepen their impact, and telling unexpected stories about progress. 

Grist is looking for a Climate Solutions Fellow to join our Fix team. The Climate Solutions Fellow will track news related to climate and justice progress and produce a steady stream of stories about the people driving it, helping to create a new narrative of hope and possibility. This fellowship will run for six months, beginning in June 2020. They will report to the Fix Content Manager.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Monitor several dozen news sites, email newsletters, and social media accounts for stories about climate and justice solutions, and build a system to file and track progress in various fields.
  • Consistently produce at least two written pieces each week, including a Fixer profile/Q&A and a reported piece or book/film/podcast review.
  • Compile, test, publish, and send the biweekly Shift Happens email newsletter. 
  • Organize monthly discussions among Fixers, and between Fixers and audience members, for the Fix website and other platforms.
  • Collaborate with the Fix Content Manager and Growth and Engagement Editor to create solutions-oriented social-media content for Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter (including the founder’s accounts). 
  • Produce an in-depth “capstone” project that highlights a climate solution and the person or group that is advancing it.
  • Assist with Fix events, including dinners, retreats, and the annual Fix Fest. 
  • Other duties may be assigned from time to time.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Four-year degree, or equivalent professional experience
  • Strong understanding of Grist’s brand
  • Passion for climate and environmental journalism
  • Ability to produce two stories per week
  • Ability to make a full-time, six-month commitment

BENEFITS

  • This fellowship is a paid, six-month opportunity ($2750/month) for early-career journalists
  • Fellows come away with six months of solid newsroom experience, a body of clips, and fluency in climate and environmental justice issues
  • Through our Newsroom Training Series, fellows are also trained on a range of crucial skills, from filing FOIA requests to script-writing
  • Fellows benefit from full integration into the workings of a busy and exciting nonprofit media organization

THE GRIST FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

As a climate solutions fellow at Grist, you will be a part of our larger fellowship program, which aims to provide a formative experience in a tight-knit media organization and professional development for early-career journalists and storytellers. We will encourage full participation in staff discussions and meetings and seek input on issues large and small.

Fellows can elect to work out of Grist’s Seattle office, our New York hub, or a remote location of their choosing. Plus Grist will invite you to the Seattle office at least once during the six-month fellowship.

In special cases, the fellowship will be renewable once by mutual agreement between the fellow and Grist. Renewal candidates will be considered alongside the applicant pool for the next fellowship cycle.

THE APPLICATION

Applicants must submit the following in one PDF attachment:

  1. Resume and cover letter. We are looking for a succinct, thoughtful cover letter that displays your communication style and why you’re the right person for the solutions beat.
  2. Three samples of your work. 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.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Applications should be emailed to fellowships@grist.org. Please include “Climate Solutions Fellow” in the subject line. Please include all materials in one PDF attachment. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For fellowships that begin June 2020, please submit applications by April 20, 2020

No phone calls, please and thank you. 

Cultivating an inclusive staff is central to Grist’s focus on advancing equity. We’re interested in hearing from people who can work with diverse colleagues of varied experience. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grist is an equal-opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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