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Emerging Journalist Fellow

November 8, 2018

Provide informed, insightful coverage of the most pressing issues affecting the city of Seattle, the Puget Sound region and the Pacific Northwest; deliver a steady stream of clear, concise, conversational stories that inform, entertain and propel positive change.

Qualified applicants please apply here


  1. Participate in a one-week onboarding that acquaints the Fellow with the various parts of Cascade Public Media (CPM)
  2. Be introduced to CPM’s Content Management System and undergo training on fact-checking
  3. Be challenged to produce work on a range of scales, from newsy quick hits, breaking-news photography and short explainers to longer-term feature stories and interactives. 
  4. Writing Fellows will be expected to produce at least two deeply reported 800- to 1,600-word stories a month; the cadence of output for visual journalists will be slightly different, and to be determined in conjunction with the fellowship director.  The quick-turnaround work will give Fellows practice working on deadline and a consistent feeling of accomplishment, while the longer-term work will allow them to dig into meatier, more meaningful topics.
  5. Take part in occasional training sessions by staffers or visiting professionals
  6. During the final month of the program, each Fellow will complete a “capstone” project that will bring together all of the lessons learned and tools acquired at CPM. 
  7. Fellowships will last six months with start dates of approximately July 1-15 or January 1-15
  8. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice


  1. Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required. Degree in Journalism or related field is preferred.
  2. Demonstrated ability to digest complex information and communicate in it in a way that is engaging and understandable.
  3. Excellent writing, photography or video skills. Some experience in newsroom or other setting regularly producing content preferred.
  4. Demonstrated experience collaborating in a newsroom or other organizational setting.
  5. Interest in storytelling and communications about people, communities and public policy.
  6. Highest integrity and a commitment to journalistic standards.
  7. Diligence in pursuing information is a must; experience with doing interviews and making public records requests are preferred.
  8. Attention to detail.
  9. Familiarity with collecting, analyzing and presenting data is a plus.
  10. Ability to understand, relate to and communicate the perspectives of diverse communities, historically disadvantaged populations or economically marginalized communities or individuals. Experience living or working with diverse communities is highly desired. Fluency in a language other than English is a plus.


  1. Ability to view data on a computer screen for long periods of time
  2. Ability to type on a keyboard for long periods of time
  3. Ability to sit or stand for extended periods

Cascade Public Media is committed to building a team that represents a diversity of thought, experience and personal background.

Application deadline is November 25 at 11:59pm.  Please note that late applications will not be considered.