Climate Justice Fellow Job Listing

Climate Justice Fellow Job Listing

Climate Justice Fellow job listing


High Country News, an award-winning magazine covering the communities and environment of the Western United States, seeks applicants for a climate justice fellowship. The fellowship is designed for early-career print and visual journalists interested in reporting on climate change and environmental justice, and will provide 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. Visual journalists will produce photo essays, multimedia projects and/or videos.


Candidates will bring curiosity, fair-mindedness and a desire to share stories from and for communities and individuals who are disproportionately impacted by climate change, from Indigenous nations on the frontlines of sea-level rise to communities of color living in the shadow of oil and chemical facilities.


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 the impacts of climate change on traditionally underserved communities - and how those communities are responding.


Fellows will publish at least 8 bylined stories over the course of their six-month fellowships. Visual journalists will produce at least 3 photo essays, videos or multimedia pieces, and other assignments as needed.


Each fellowship will include a major capstone project that could be a feature-length reporting project, a multimedia story, a short documentary video or an interactive, digital piece.


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 one or more of the West's under-reported and under-represented 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 written or visual 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, Oklahoma, 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 cover letter and samples of your work (3-5 written stories, 10-15 still images, or links to 3 videos or multimedia projects) to [email protected] with "HCN Climate Justice Fellowship" in the subject line.




High Country News is the nation's leading independent source of thoughtful, in-depth reporting on the Western United States. Established in 1970, HCN produces an award-winning monthly magazine and a popular website, along with email newsletters, special reports, books and events. From Alaska and the Northern Rockies to the Desert Southwest, from the Great Plains to the West Coast, HCN is a beloved and essential resource for those who care about this region.


HCN has been a leader in reporting on environmental justice issues, and spotlighting varied communities' struggles to adapt to a changing climate. At the same time, we have provided unparalleled learning opportunities and support for emerging and early-career journalists through our internship and fellowship programs. Over 225 alumnae have gone on to work for The New York Times, The New Yorker, the Washington Post, National Geographic, the LA Times, and many large and small publications, and to hold leadership and decision-making posts in government and the private sector.


High Country News is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to inform and inspire people to act on behalf of the West's diverse natural and human communities. Its journalism is supported largely by its devoted readership through subscriptions and contributions, with additional revenue from grants and advertising. It has received countless honors and accolades, including two coveted George Polk Awards.


In a time of media fragmentation and polarizing sound bites, readers come to High Country News for fact-based, independent journalism and civil conversation across diverse perspectives. With the decline in local newspapers leaving news deserts across the nation, HCN's relevance is sharper than ever.

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