Important dates for the Fall 2018 cycle:
AUGUST 10 – APPLICATIONS DUE AT MIDNIGHT (11:59 P.M. CT)
SEPTEMBER 7 – ALL APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED
OCTOBER 3 – ORIENTATION (6 TO 9 P.M.)
OCTOBER 10 – FIRST FELLOWSHIP NEWSROOM SESSION
DECEMBER 12 – FINAL FELLOWSHIP NEWSROOM SESSION
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR REPORTing AND PHOTOjournalism FELLOWS BELOW.
ALL APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY AUGUST 10, 11:59pm CT.
IN RARE INSTANCES, WE WILL ALLOW EXTENSIONS DUE TO EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES—IF YOU NEED AN EXTENSION, PLEASE CONTACT US ASAP AT INFO@CITYBUREAU.ORG.
City Bureau Reporting Fellows typically have a demonstrated interest in journalism (either through personal projects, previous training/school, internships, etc.), though no professional journalism experience is required. Reporters should be proficient in writing skills, and, more importantly, be chronically inquisitive. Successful City Bureau Reporting Fellows are collaborative workers who know how to take the initiative in tackling new reporting challenges. Special consideration will be given to applicants who have worked closely with South and West Side communities.
Fellows are expected to work 12 hours per week and are paid a $2,000 stipend for the following time commitment:
one 3-hour day each Wednesday from 6-9 at our Woodlawn newsroom
one 3-hour day at a location decided on by your reporting team
one 3-hour day mentoring young people at our selected youth media partner organization
3 hours allotted for additional reporting/work
Fellowship payments are remitted biweekly and total $2,000 for the 10-week cycle. In addition to the above, Fellows are expected to stay in regular contact with City Bureau staff and fellows via Slack, a group messaging app. Due to the demands of the fellowship, we do not recommend that full-time students apply for this position. However, we may make exceptions for students who can demonstrate their ability to manage multiple time obligations well.
Why should I apply to be a City Bureau Fellow?
The reporting fellowship is a unique opportunity to develop one’s reporting and writing skills, especially for people who are looking to pursue journalism as a professional career. Fellows will leave the fellowship with a better understanding of the industry, improved skills, and published clips (text or other types of stories). We also invite people who are interested in becoming more civically engaged via journalism work to apply to our fellowship.
The City Bureau Photo Fellow will work on a personal photojournalism project while also taking photographs to accompany the stories of all three Fellowship teams. The Photo Fellow has the same hourly requirements as Reporting Fellows; since you will work with all teams, you should have strong time management and organizational skills. You will meet weekly with a professional photojournalist mentor to develop your photography skills and news judgment, as well as gain insight into the photojournalism profession.
*If your application advances to the second stage, you will be asked to complete a Writing Test within a few weeks of application.*