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Full-time High Country News Virginia Spencer Davis Fellowship

at Colorado Media Project in Colorado

High Country News, an award-winning magazine covering the communities and environment of the Western United States, is offering a fellowship for early-career journalists interested in reporting on rural communities, agriculture and land conservation in the West. The fellowship will include on-the-ground reporting opportunities and a chance to dive deep into important stories, as well as professional mentorship and career development.

The fellowship will run for six months, starting July 1, 2021, and includes coaching and instruction from across HCN's editorial and art departments. Fellows will work with the leaders of our North, South, Indigenous Affairs and Reflections & Reviews desks to produce reported stories, analysis pieces and/or essays.

Candidates will bring curiosity, fair-mindedness and a desire to share stories from and for rural communities in the Western U.S., including, but not limited to agriculture, food systems and rural land conservation.

High Country News is part of a growing number of newsrooms addressing a historic lack of representation, inclusion and equity in journalism with effective solutions. We welcome applicants from all life experiences and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to apply, including Indigenous people, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people and those from marginalized and low-income backgrounds.

Duties/outcomes will include:

The fellowship is an opportunity for a journalist to build their knowledge and expertise of rural communities in the West - and how those communities are changing.

Fellows will publish at least 8 bylined stories over the course of their six-month fellowships.

Each fellowship will include a major capstone project that could be a feature-length reporting project or a series of stories exploring a topic in detail.

Fellows will contribute to the editorial vision and success of the magazine by collaborating with other journalists, joining regular departmental meetings, and sharing subject matter expertise.

Skills and experience:

Candidates should have the ability to create thoughtful, even-handed journalism for digital or print audiences, and insights into the West's rural communities.

We're looking for enthusiastic, committed early-career journalists who have the ability to work as a member of a dispersed, diverse editorial team and to contribute to the cultural competence of the organization.

Applicants should be versed in the foundational principles of reporting, producing insightful, fair-minded stories consistently on deadline.

Most importantly, they should demonstrate a passion for creating journalism for diverse audiences that deepens readers' understanding of the West's natural and human communities.

Compensation and general terms:

Working hours are flexible but fellows should expect to work between 30 and 35 hours each week. Fellows are paid a stipend on a bi-weekly basis of $1,187.25, which includes a work-from-home allowance. Support with IT equipment is also provided.

This position is open to candidates who reside in Arizona, Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington or Wyoming. HCN's business headquarters is in Paonia, Colorado, but the editorial staff works remotely.

High Country News is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion among our staff, volunteers, programs, and partners. We encourage applicants of diverse abilities, backgrounds, and life experiences to apply. HCN is committed to equal employment opportunities and prohibits the unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé and three clips to with "HCN Virginia Davis Fellowship" in the subject line.
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