Midwest Fellow

  • Any City, Any State, United States
  • Employees can work remotely
  • Full-time

Company Description

Grist is a nonprofit, independent media organization dedicated to highlighting climate solutions and uncovering environmental injustices. Since 1999, we have used the power of journalism to engage the public about the perils of the most existential threat we face. Now that three-quarters of Americans recognize that climate change is happening, we’ve shifted our focus to show that a just and sustainable future is within reach. Grist’s editorial team leads the conversation on climate change and climate action, producing daily news and analysis pieces, as well as video and longform stories, on humanity’s attempt to grapple with the most critical issue it faces.

Job Description

Grist is seeking a Midwest Fellow to join our Editorial team. This fellowship will run for six months, beginning January 31, 2022. The fellow will report to the Managing Editor.

With the mentorship and support of Grist’s editorial staff, the Midwest fellow will report on climate and environmental issues in a critical region of the country. You will explore the ways a warming atmosphere is affecting life in the Midwest — from extreme to algal blooms to utility costs. And you’ll identify communities striving to overcome environmental hazards and live healthier lives. We’re especially interested in journalism that identifies people working on homegrown solutions.


  • Identify and pitch ideas for stories that look at the effects of climate change and pollution on people in the Midwest

  • Write multiple stories — quick news or analysis pieces — each week

  • Contribute to Grist’s daily newsletter The Beacon

  • Other duties, like research and fact-checking, may be assigned from time to time

  • Pitch and write one enterprise/feature story in the second half of your fellowship

  • Contribute to larger editorial projects as needed


  • Four-year degree, or equivalent professional experience

  • Strong understanding of Grist’s brand

  • Demonstrated familiarity with environmental and climate justice

  • Ability to produce at least two stories per week

  • Ability to make a full-time, six-month commitment

Additional Information


  • This fellowship is a paid, six-month opportunity ($3334/month) for early-career journalists

  • Fellows are eligible for Grist health benefits coverage, including medical, vision, and dental

  • Fellows come away with six months of solid newsroom experience, a body of clips, and fluency in climate and environmental justice issues

  • Through our Newsroom Training Series, fellows are also trained on a range of crucial skills, from filing FOIA requests to audio/video script-writing

  • Fellows across Grist meet regularly as a cohort with members of the editorial staff to develop skills and content knowledge specific to climate journalism

  • Fellows benefit from full integration into the workings of a busy and exciting nonprofit media organization

As a Midwest fellow at Grist, you will be a part of our larger fellowship program, which aims to provide a formative experience in a geographically distributed but tight-knit newsroom and professional development for early-career journalists. We will encourage full participation in staff discussions and meetings and seek input on issues large and small. Fellows can be based anywhere in the Midwestern United States. 



Applicants must submit the following application materials.  Applications without both a resume and cover letter will not be considered.  

  1. Resume

  2. Cover letter, including links to two writing samples. We are looking for a succinct, thoughtful cover letter that explains what you think are the most important environmental news and politics topics and stories to follow in the next six months — and why you're the right person to cover them for Grist. Please also include links to two writing samples within your cover letter (or alternatively, append them to the end of your cover letter).


Cover letters must be uploaded as a separate attachment via Smart Recruiter. Please include “Midwest Fellow” in the document title. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For fellowships that begin January 31 2022, please submit applications by November 15, 2021

No phone calls, please.

Cultivating an inclusive staff is central to Grist’s focus on advancing equity. We’re interested in hearing from people who can work with diverse colleagues of varied experience. Candidates of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Grist is an equal-opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.