Climate Solutions Fellow
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 Innovation and Growth team supports and supplements work across Grist, ensuring that our storytelling is impactful and reaches a wide audience.
For over a decade, the Grist Fellowship Program has aimed to provide a formative experience in a geographically distributed yet tight-knit newsroom through dedicated editing and professional development for early-career journalists. We encourage fellows’ full participation in staff discussions and meetings and seek their input on issues large and small. We provide hands-on training for fellows in the fundamentals of climate journalism and work closely with supervisors to create a shared culture of inclusion, communication, and respect.
Grist is looking for a Climate Solutions Fellow to join our Editorial team. With the mentorship and support of Grist’s editorial staff, the Climate Solutions Fellow will be expected to research and write stories examining the development and implementation of climate solutions, looking at efforts towards climate progress with both rigorous reporting and a desire to illustrate what’s possible. You will be part of telling the story of what a sustainable, equitable future could look like, and the people working toward it right now.
This fellowship is a full-time, remote position and will run for 12 months, beginning March 1, 2023 and ending February 29, 2024. Applications without both a resume and cover letter will not be considered.
The annual base salary for this position is $50,000. Grist is based in Seattle, but this job doesn’t have to be. We have staff around the country. This position is represented by Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild Local 37082 (“Grist NewsGuild”).
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Identify and pitch ideas for unique, solutions-oriented stories on climate, environment, and justice issues
Write 2 to 3 stories — including quick news and analysis pieces — each week
Write and report pieces for Grist’s Looking Forward newsletter
Contribute timely, well-researched story ideas with a focus on climate solutions and equity
Contribute periodically to larger projects as part of a team
Assist with other reporting duties, like research, production, fact-checking, and copy-editing as needed.
Duties may also include research and reporting associated with the annual Grist 50 list of emerging climate leaders
The mission of the Grist fellowship program is to help underrepresented, early-career climate journalists gain a stronger foothold in our industry. Our definition of “early-career” includes but is not limited to: journalists who are relatively new to the environmental/climate beat, freelancers who have not had full-time newsroom experience, recent journalism school graduates, scientists without formal journalism training but with strong writing clips and content knowledge, and developing local reporters who are seeking experience with a national news outlet.
Four-year degree, or equivalent professional experience
Strong understanding of Grist’s brand
Demonstrated familiarity with the principles of solutions journalism
Passion for climate and environmental journalism and storytelling, with a focus on solutions and equity
Demonstrated experience in writing and reporting, including on deadline
Ability to make a full-time, one year commitment
Must be legally authorized to work in the US
Living in the United States for the duration of the fellowship
Available during standard work hours in a U.S. time zone
Full health benefits coverage, including medical, vision, and dental for both employee and eligible dependents
12 months of solid newsroom experience, a body of clips, and fluency in climate and environmental justice issues
Company laptop for use during time at Grist
Access to $600 in educational funds per year related to their professional development
Networking with other members of the editorial team, including Grist’s in-person all-staff meeting
Weekly mentorship via our Newsroom Training Series, which covers a range of skills, from filing FOIA requests to audio/video script-writing to battling imposter syndrome
Meaningful integration into the workings of a busy and exciting nonprofit media organization
The Climate Solutions Fellow is a member of Grist’s collective bargaining unit.
Applicants must submit each of the following application materials.
- Cover letter. We are looking for a succinct, thoughtful cover letter that explains what you are passionate about when it comes to climate reporting and gives two examples of climate solutions news stories you might want to pursue. Please also tell us why you are a good fit for the Grist fellowship program — and this fellowship in particular.
- Links to two news writing samples. These can appear within or appended to the end of your cover letter. Writing samples can be newspaper or magazine clips, blog posts, or unpublished pieces. We will gladly accept links to multimedia samples (video, illustration, infographic, podcast, etc.) but cannot review original files. If you have a GitHub account you’d like to show us, please provide a link to your profile.
SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS: PLEASE READ
Cover letters must be uploaded as a separate attachment via Smart Recruiter. Please include “Climate Solutions Fellow” in the document title. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please submit applications by 11:59 PT on Monday, December 19, 2022.
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 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.