California Local News Fellowship - School of Journalism

University of California Berkeley   Berkeley, CA   Full-time     Other
Posted on January 31, 2024
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California Local News Fellowship - School of Journalism


Position overview Position title: California Local News Fellow

Salary range: The UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the following table(s) for the current salary scale(s) for this position: Fellow salaries will start at either $60,000 or $65,000 depending on work and educational experience. We will also hire a small number of video producer fellows with starting salaries of $80,000. All fellows will receive benefits from the University of California.


Percent time: Full-time


Anticipated start: September 2024


Position duration: The fellowship will start in early September 2024 and will run for two years, ending in August 2026.


Application Window

Open date: January 30, 2024


Next review date: Wednesday, Feb 14, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.


Final date: Friday, Mar 1, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Position description


The California Local News Fellowship program is a multi-year, state-funded initiative to support and strengthen local news reporting in California.


The fellowship is open to digital, print, video, audio, photo and multimedia journalists. We're looking for candidates with relevant experience as much as formal education. We welcome applications from graduates of two-year, four-year and graduate-level journalism programs as well as people who have not attended journalism education programs but have a high school diploma or GED and at least three years of newsroom experience. Successful applicants will demonstrate core reporting skills, a commitment to a career in journalism, and interest in accountability reporting in underserved communities. The program will place approximately 40 fellows in partner newsrooms throughout the state for two-year, full-time reporting positions beginning in September 2024. Fellows will receive robust training and mentoring from the program to augment their newsroom experience.


The fellowship program partners with newsrooms throughout the state that are seeking to meet their communities' information needs with original local news coverage. We prioritize news organizations operating in underserved communities, including for-profit, nonprofit, public media, and community and ethnic media outlets. Once newsrooms and fellows are selected into the program, they are paired through a matching process that seeks to meet the needs of individual newsrooms and interests of fellows.


Video fellows will produce videos based on reporting coming out of the local news outlets where fellows are based, as well as pitching and producing original content. Ideal candidates will have strong shooting, editing and producing skills, as well as the ability to produce quick-turnaround news pieces along with longer mini-docs and social media content.


Newsrooms and fellows are selected through an equitable and transparent process, with input from the fellowship program staff and fellowship advisory board, which represents journalism education and newsroom leaders from around the state.





Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

High school diploma or GED (or equivalent international degree)


Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria to be considered:


  • High school diploma or GED (or equivalent international degree) plus at least 3 years newsroom experience, OR
  • 2-year associate's degree (or equivalent international degree) plus at least 1 year newsroom experience, OR
  • BA or MA (or equivalent international degree) in journalism with experience in student publications, summer internships or equivalent, OR
  • BA or MA (or equivalent international degree) in a subject other than journalism plus 1 at least year newsroom experience


Fellows should have five or fewer years of professional journalism experience before joining the program.


Preferred qualifications

Ideal candidates will have experience working in local news, either professionally or through a journalism education program, and will submit clips that illustrate a variety of reporting genres and skills. In certain cases, when matching fellows with newsrooms, the ability to report in a language other than English and/or proficiency in specialized journalistic skills (audio, video, data, etc.) will be preferred. California residents will be given preference and international candidates with authorization to work in the US are eligible to participate.


Video fellows are expected to have strong technical skills (the ability to shoot and edit), experience managing small production teams and the ability to see video productions through from beginning to end. They should be able to work independently and to make judgement calls while in the field.


Application Requirements


Document requirements


  • Resume / CV - Please upload a PDF of your educational and work history, including your journalism experience. This can be a formal resume or a simple list with dates.


  • Tell us about your journalism experience and fellowship preferences. - To complete your submission, you must also fill out the fellowship application at Once you've done so, upload a short word document here to confirm that you have completed the application. The document need only state, "I have completed the Fellowship application" along with your full name.


Reference requirements


Please include your references in the supplemental application form.

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About UC Berkeley


UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).


The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:


In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the prior to submitting their letter.


As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.


Job location

California (various locations)


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