Important dates for the Spring 2018 cycle: 

JANUARY 28 – APPLICATIONS DUE AT MIDNIGHT FEBRUARY 4 (11:59 P.M. CT)

FEBRUARY 20 – ALL APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED IF THEY ARE ACCEPTED OR NOT

MARCH 21 – ORIENTATION (6 TO 9 P.M.)

MARCH 28 – FIRST FELLOWSHIP NEWSROOM SESSION

MAY 30 – FINAL FELLOWSHIP NEWSROOM SESSION
 

Learn more about our Reporter, Team Leader and Photographer positions below.

All applications are due by February 4, 11:59 p.m. (CST).

IN RARE INSTANCES, WE WILL ALLOW EXTENSIONS DUE TO EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES—IF YOU NEED AN EXTENSION, PLEASE CONTACT US ASAP AT INFO@CITYBUREAU.ORG.

REPORTERS

City Bureau Reporters 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 Reporters 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.

Reporters are expected to work 12 hours per week and are paid a $2,000 stipend (remitted biweekly) 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

In addition to the above, Reporters 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 Reporter?

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. Reporters 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.

*If your application advances to the second stage, you will be asked to complete a Writing Test within a few weeks of application.*

 

PHOTOGRAPHER

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 Reporters; 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.

To apply, complete the Reporter application above.

 

TEAM LEADERS

Team Leaders are typically freelance journalists with about five years of reporting experience. Not only are they great reporters and writers, successful Team Leaders must be extremely organized, self-directed, hard-working, with collaborative leadership skills. Special consideration will be given to applicants who have worked closely with South and West Side communities.

Team Leaders will work approximately 20 hours per week for the 10-week cycle, and be paid a $3,600 stipend (remitted biweekly) for the following time commitment:

  • one 3-hour day each Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. 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

  • 11 hours allotted for additional reporting/work each week

Team Leaders will be expected to assign duties and monitor team progress, as well as stay in regular contact with City Bureau staff and fellows via Slack, a group messaging app.

Why should I apply to be a City Bureau Team Leader?

The City Bureau Team Leader position is a unique opportunity for an experienced freelance journalist to tackle a long-term reporting project, work directly within Chicago communities to report it, and develop editorial management skills.

How do I apply?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and City Bureau staff will contact Team Leaders ahead of time to confirm dates. Cycles start in March, July, and October. Team Leaders must pitch an investigation or story package to work on over 10 weeks. City Bureau editors may select an applicant and ask him/her to work on a different story than originally pitched.

What kind of pitches are you looking for?

We cover topics that affect the South and West Sides of Chicago, including but not limited to policing and the criminal justice system, economic and environmental justice, and public health. The pitch should be weighty enough to necessitate 10 weeks of intensive reporting, but narrow enough to produce a final package within that time frame.

We accept pitches for investigations, features/news analyses, service packages, or other content that is relevant to the communities that we serve; we value innovative use of various forms of media. We're accepting pitches and ideas on a wide range of topics (of your choosing) but we're especially interested in local politics, public transportation, water security in the Midwest, environmental health and restorative justice topics for the Summer 2017 reporting cycle.