Editor's Note: The application period for the 2019–2020 class of Pacific Standard fellows closed on March 22nd, 2019. A team of editors will review all applications and respond directly to select candidates to arrange follow-up interviews. We anticipate we will begin accepting applications for the 2020–2021 class in February of 2020. Those listings—and all Pacific Standard job listings—will be available here.
The ideal Pacific Standard fellow is pursuing public interest journalism as a career, has experience working in a deadline-oriented environment, and has an abiding interest in public policy and social justice, as well as an understanding that investigative reporting and academic research are vital to finding solutions for society's most significant and pressing problems.
Our fellows work closely with several key members of our team and gain valuable experience in all aspects of digital magazine publishing.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Work closely with the staff to write well-executed daily news articles on a variety of research-based subjects in the areas of social and environmental justice.
- Assist the editorial staff with story research, fact-checking, and interviews, on our longer narrative and investigative features.
- Report, write, produce, and publish longer-form articles and other features as time allows.
- Help with general office responsibilities such as online story production, proofing, spot-checking, and gathering materials—graphic, photographic, etc.—to accompany articles.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- A strong understanding of, and willingness to learn, how to deeply research a variety of topics, and be objective when gathering information.
- Experience reporting and writing articles, either in print or online.
- Willingness to accept direction, and participate fully in a collaborative work environment.
- An ability to establish priorities, work independently, and proceed with multiple assigned objectives without close supervision.
Because our fellowship is full time and one full year in length, it is not appropriate for matriculated students. The fellowship will commence the first week of July. The position pays a stipend of $30,000 for the year, paid in regular monthly installments, and fellows receive two weeks of vacation and one week of sick time for the duration of the program. It is expected that editorial fellows will work standard hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, in our Santa Barbara, California, offices.
Please email a resume and cover letter to national editor Ben Rowen, at firstname.lastname@example.org, by end of day, March 22nd. Feel free to strengthen your application with a single writing sample and potential story ideas that fit what Pacific Standard is looking for (the details of which can be found here). All application materials should be submitted electronically. We regret that we cannot respond to all applicants. Absolutely no phone calls, please.