The Economist is seeking applicants for a paid fellowship in America. This fellow will spend one year as a journalist working with our New York and Washington bureaus, writing articles about politics and policy in the United States. Previous experience in journalism is not necessary, but applicants should possess a love of writing, inquiry and debate.
To apply, applicants should submit an original unpublished article of up to 600 words suitable for publication in The Economist’s United States section, along with an updated resume. Of these, the most important is the original article, which should demonstrate analytical rigour and wit. For more information about The Economist and advice on writing, please see this guide. We will read your article blind without considering your CV to create a shortlist of candidates.
Applicants should submit their article and CV by December 31st, 2021. We plan to make a final selection by mid-March. The anticipated start date is Tuesday, July 5th, 2022. The annual salary for the position will be $50,000. Benefits will also be offered.
The Economist welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds. We are convinced that drawing talent from a broad pool makes for better journalism and that breadth of perspectives and experiences leads to richer debate. We are therefore looking for new colleagues—regardless of their age, disability, gender, race and sexual orientation—who can enrich our newsroom and help us produce mind-stretching journalism.
Please note: Accessing this form requires a Google account. We would prefer you submit your application this way, but if you are unable, you may send your CV and sample article to firstname.lastname@example.org. To qualify for consideration, all applicants must have pre-existing US work authorisation.
A selection of the work that our past and current fellows have done is below:
The political schism among evangelicals
Homeless encampments in Skid Row
Maine lobstermen and climate change
Secessionists in Oregon
Location/Region: New York or Washington DC