The New Republic is looking for journalists either recently graduated or with up to two years of professional experience for its reporter-researcher program. This yearlong fellowship will start in late fall 2020. For more than 100 years, as an institution of liberal journalism in America, The New Republic has sought to develop a distinctive and independent approach to political analysis, cultural commentary, and deep reporting. As a reporter-researcher, you’ll play an important role in carrying that tradition forward.
Your primary duty will be to fact-check the articles that go into our monthly magazine. In doing so, you’ll work closely with editors and writers on some of our biggest stories—groundbreaking investigative features, profiles, and discursive essays. We are looking for people who are obsessive about details, comfortable searching archives and databases, and willing to pick up the phone and make the extra call. The skills that you learn while fact-checking will be invaluable throughout your journalism career.
While the fellowship is principally a reporting and researching one, those in the program are also encouraged to pitch ideas and to write. Ideal candidates for this position should have experience covering the news quickly and on deadline (a campus publication, magazine, or news or research organization). In addition, successful applicants almost always possess strong political or cultural chops and the ability to identify shrewd, original angles in regular news items. We want people who are not only brimming with story ideas, but are willing to take the initiative to pursue them. And in turn, as a reporter-researcher, you’ll have access to some of the most talented editors in the business, willing to work with you to sharpen your writing and your approach to a story.
This position is located in New York City, though we are currently working remotely. It includes a competitive salary and benefits package. The New Republic is committed to diversity and encourages members of underrepresented communities to apply, including women, LGBTQ people, people of color, people with criminal records, veterans, and people with disabilities.
To apply, please submit a résumé, three clips, and a cover letter telling us about the topics you would most like to work on, why you believe The New Republic would be a good fit for you, and why you would be a good fit for it. The deadline for applications is October 23. No phone calls or paper mail, please.
This position is covered by the collective-bargaining agreement between The New Republic and The NewsGuild of New York, CWA Local 31003, AFL-CIO.