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The Economist is offering year-long paid fellowship in the U.S.

August 4, 2022

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

We are looking for a talented, enterprising and adaptable fellow for the expanding Digital department of The Economist. This fellow will spend one year working in our New York bureau, and will start as soon as possible.

The fellowship will involve:

  • working on the newsdesk and Espressonews app, as part of a global team
  • tracking the workflow of stories, liaising with different departments and publishing articles
  • curating the home page and app
  • pitching and writing articles, including Explainers and Daily Charts

occasional weekend shifts

The fellow will work in the Digital team, but will be able to offer contributions to other departments, from audio to films to the weekly edition.

The aim of the fellowship is to find and train future Economist journalists. Previous journalistic experience is not necessary, but candidates should have excellent writing and analytical skills. They should be curious about the world and be able to write about it concisely, wittily and with rigour. Fellows should quickly become familiar with The Economist’s Style Guide.

They will also need to be meticulously organised, have a keen eye for detail and feel comfortable learning to work with different publishing systems and with different teams.

Please send a cover letter, CV and an original unpublished Explainer article of around 400 words suitable for publication to The deadline is August 28th.

The article you send is the most important part of the application. We will read it blind (ie, without looking at your name or where you are from). Only if what you write matches what we are looking for will we look at your CV.

These Explainers can serve as a guide:
Which countries are driving the world’s population growth?
Why Amazon staff on Staten Island voted to unionise
What we know—and do not know—about long covid

To qualify for consideration, all applicants must have pre-existing US work authorisation.


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