The National Audubon Society is offering a crash course in how to create an award-winning magazine and website. As a full-time paid fellow, the journalist will have the chance to be a valuable member of our team, contributing both digital and print content and getting a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to be an editor at a major publication. This fellowship is a training ground for a long-term, successful career in journalism. Ideal applicants will have a strong grasp of environmental science and conservation, impressive writing chops, and a willingness to think independently and hit the ground running. Immersed in the day-to-day operations, the fellow will hone the skill of creating fresh and accurate content on fast-paced deadlines and develop a stronger ability to tell longer, engaging narrative stories. The intent is for fellows to gain experience, published work, and job savvy that will help them land a staff job or launch a successful freelance career.

The paid fellowship is approximately 35 hours per week and spans a period of up to six months. Typically this position is located in New York City, but due to COVID-related concerns, we will consider candidates who will need to work remotely for the full duration of the fellowship.

Essential Functions

  • Pitch and write articles for Audubon.org, working closely with the digital team to turn around news stories on tight deadlines while also developing longer reported pieces. May also assign and edit stories under supervision of the site editor.
  • Assist the print staff with research, story development, and fact-checking and contribute written stories for various sections of Audubon magazine.
  • Dive into the backend of Audubon’s website to build stories and maintain content; explore potential tools for creating innovative new ways of telling stories.
  • Attend and participate in weekly editorial meetings to run through stories in development and plan future coverage.
  • Help us track and expand our efforts to increase diversity among our sources, writers, and even in the topics we cover.
  • Other duties as needed and assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Graduate-level journalism classes or degree; or relevant work or field experience.
  • Experience reporting and writing stories, preferably for online and in print.
  • Experience honing story ideas and promoting content through social media.
  • An avid interest in science, wildlife, and environmental issues, including how they affect birds and people.
  • Experience with multimedia and content management systems a plus.