Careers

Pacific Standard is growing. We are committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse staff to help report on and advance a conversation about social and environmental justice issues in our society. People of all backgrounds and life experiences are encouraged to apply to all of our open positions and fellowships.

Full-Time Staff Positions

Director of Marketing & Donor Relations

This new leadership position will work with the executive director to develop and implement the long-term marketing and donor communications strategy for our award-winning magazine.

Being an excellent writer and communicator, the director of marketing and donor relations will take an integrated approach to fundraising/securing donations and conduct activities with our donor base, including cultivation, retention, growth, and administrative aspects of our growth plan. They will establish and implement our fundraising strategy and set goals, manage the customer relationship system, and, working collaboratively with our audience desk, create effective marketing and social media campaigns that encourage individual donors and institutional giving; evaluate and elevate existing communications; develop and execute clear and consistent campaign messages for a variety of audiences; drive cross-department collaboration on the timing of communications to ensure well-timed engagement with key audiences; and oversee results. More details and application instructions are available here.

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Fellowship Program

Backed by The Social Justice Foundation, the Pacific Standard fellowship program allows current or future news professionals and journalists to spend 12 months working alongside several key members of our editorial and engagement teams to gain valuable experience in all aspects of digital magazine publishing, including social media production and audience development. Fellows join our staff in our Santa Barbara, California, or Washington, D.C., offices and receive an annual stipend paid over the 12 months of the program, which typically begins in July and ends the following June. People of all backgrounds and life experiences are encouraged to apply.

Previous fellows now work full-time in editorial and/or engagement positions at Outside, The Hollywood Reporter, The Atlantic, and a variety of other publications, including Pacific Standard, both in print and online.

If you would like to know when we begin looking for the next class of fellows—usually in February—sign up for our email newsletter, where we'll make the announcement.

Editorial Fellowship

The ideal Pacific Standard editorial fellow is pursuing public interest journalism as a career, has some 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.

Editorial fellows will have the opportunity to:

  • 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 for 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, proofreading, spot-checking, and gathering materials—graphic, photographic, etc.—to accompany articles.

Applicants interested in the program should have:

  • A strong understanding of, and willingness to learn, how to deeply research a variety of topics, and be objective when gathering information.
  • Some 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, desire to work independently, and proceed with multiple assigned objectives without close supervision.
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Engagement & Social Media Fellowship

The ideal candidate for Pacific Standard's engagement fellowship should be pursuing public interest journalism as a career, have experience with social media production and audience development, and have an abiding interest in public policy and social science. We're a small office, giving engagement fellows the opportunity to work closely with our audience team to support the growth of our site's readership.

Engagement fellows will have the opportunity to:

  • Assist the Pacific Standard team with building and maintaining the publication's social strategy across multiple platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Track engagement and readership on a daily basis, learning key trends and identifying content partner sites that the audience team can use to spread our stories.
  • Work closely with the audience team to foster outreach to our reading audience, creating graphics and copy that strengthens our daily and feature reporting.
  • Brainstorm and assist in the development of engagement efforts in support of Pacific Standard stories and packages, connecting potential readers with our content and fueling conversation (through Reddit AMAs, for example).
  • Help with general production responsibilities for the site, including working on our content management system to stage partner posts and translate print stories to digital formats.

Applicants interested in the program should have:

  • A strong understanding of Pacific Standard's editorial voice and a willingness to learn how social media strategy can power audience growth.
  • A sharp interest in the news production cycle and what kinds of stories the Internet enjoys.
  • Some experience producing copy tailored to individual social platforms, with a knowledge of what works best on each.
  • An understanding of best practices for social media and audience engagement for journalistic outlets.
  • A willingness to accept direction and participate fully in a collaborative and creative environment while also working proactively on multiple assignments.
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Visuals Fellowship

The ideal Pacific Standard visuals fellow is pursuing public interest journalism and interactive storytelling as a career, has some experience working on digital storytelling projects 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.

Visual fellows will have the opportunity to:

  • Work closely with our editorial and audience teams to assist in the production of well-executed interactive and data-focused projects to compliment our daily news coverage, investigations, and reported features.
  • Assist the editorial staff with the conception and execution of interactive and multimedia projects as a part of daily news coverage, social media initiatives, and feature stories.
  • Pitch projects that have a primary focus on visual storytelling or data-focused elements.
  • Help with general office responsibilities such as online story production and gathering materials—graphic, photographic, etc.—to accompany articles.

Applicants interested in the program should have:

  • Some experience with simple graphic creation, and photo and video editing tools and techniques. An understanding of the Adobe Creative Suite is preferred.
  • A desire to work with social science or research data to create visualizations that can either compliment reported stories or stand alone as an editorial product.
  • Some familiarity with front-end code such as HTML, CSS, or Javascript, and a desire to learn more about coding as a way to create compelling visual products for editorial projects.
  • A willingness to accept direction, and participate fully in a collaborative work environment.
  • An ability to establish priorities and proceed with multiple assigned objectives.
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Editorial Internships

Pacific Standard and The Social Justice Foundation work closely with two universities, Northwestern and the University of California–Santa Barbara, to offer editorial internships. We are not currently accepting applications outside of these select programs.