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The New York Times seeks a local investigations fellowship – reporter fellow

February 17, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

Join The New York Times Local Investigations Fellowship as a reporter.

The Times is looking for reporters with a local story idea who want to investigate it under the editing guidance of Dean Baquet, The Times’s former executive editor, and a group of veteran investigative editors.

The goal of the Local Investigative Fellowship is to provide fellows the opportunity to learn the ways and means of investigative reporting from some of the best in the business. Our fellows will be based in the communities where they are reporting and make periodic trips to The Times’s offices for training and support.

This one year program is for reporters in local newsrooms or freelancers. Fellows ideally will have three to five years of experience working as a beat reporter, but reporters with more experience may be considered. The most competitive candidates will be journalists who have significant experience covering a beat and have an idea for an investigative story that they have not had the time, resources or editing support to pursue.

Learn more about the program here.

Candidates should submit five published clips that show excellence — in evocative writing, through high-impact news stories and by highlighting the voices of local communities.

To apply, upload a résumé, memo and five clips. Your materials should be packaged together in that order (résumé, memo and clips) and uploaded as one single .pdf or .doc file that is under 5 MB in size. Please include the full text of your clips, not just the links. The application will prompt you when to upload your materials. Applications that fail to include any of these materials or follow these instructions will not be considered.

You may submit more than one story idea in your memo. Please limit each pitch to 500 words. We are not looking for polished story ideas. Instead, your answers to these questions will help us assess where you are in the reporting process and what editorial support and resources the local investigative fellowship could offer you.

Applicants may apply to the Local Investigations Fellowship once per calendar year. You also may apply for other newsroom opportunities, however separate applications must be submitted for each program.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. We will not sponsor new work visas for the fellowship, but we may consider you if you have an existing work visa or a valid student visa that can be extended via Optional Practical Training.

Applicants will be notified about their status on a rolling basis.

Keep in mind that the fellowships are very competitive and generate a high level of interest. We won’t be able to accept applications that are mailed or emailed to us. Nor will we acknowledge the status of every application upon receipt or during the vetting process. We will contact you for interviews as needed.

The annual base pay range for this role is between $76,168.04 and $82,000.00.

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