HEARST Journalism Fellowship
Program features and benefits
The Fellowship is a two-year program focusing on journalism in a changing digital world. The Fellowship program consists of two 12-month rotations at our top metro papers. Fellows will receive training, mentoring and real-world experience alongside top journalists who are using cutting-edge tools to tell stories through data, video, and more. Hearst Fellows are full-time employees with competitive salary and benefits, including health insurance and moving expenses.
What it could mean for your future
You may be offered a job at the end of the two-year program.
While participation in the program is not a guarantee of future employment, our goal is to recruit candidates who eventually will join our full-time professional staff. All of us at Hearst Fellowships have an investment in your future… and in the future of Hearst Newspapers.
Hearst Fellowships jump-start great journalism careers
The experience you gain as a Hearst Fellow is the start of a strong foundation for your journalism career. Our objective is to recruit, train and retain talented journalists. We identify and develop high-caliber multimedia professionals from a diverse pool of the country’s best reporters, copy editors, photographers, designers and graphic artists. Candidates should be college graduates with interest, experience or background in journalism or related fields. Those selected will have the opportunity to grow in one of the world’s best journalism organizations.
How Fellows are selected
A panel of Hearst’s top editors will review applications and select finalists. Finalists will participate in a two-day interview process at the San Francisco Chronicle in April at which the Hearst Fellows will be selected. Hearst Newspapers covers all domestic travel costs for the interviews.
Professional assistance to ensure your best chance of success
If you are offered and accept a position, you will be assigned an adviser and have the opportunity to develop mentoring relationships with seasoned professionals throughout Hearst Newspapers. Your adviser will be a manager with expertise in your area of interest and will be responsible for scheduling your job rotations and designing your formal development plan.
What is the Hearst Fellowship?
The Fellowship is a two-year program focusing on multimedia journalism. It consists of two 12-month rotations at Hearst’s top metro papers. The program has produced dozens of successful journalists now working at Hearst newspapers and other top places around the country.
I am a journalism graduate looking for a job. Am I eligible for a Hearst Fellowship?
Anyone who has completed coursework and obtained a college degree by August 1 following the application deadline is eligible. A bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement.
I have worked in journalism, but my degree is in something else. Am I eligible?
Yes. You also are eligible if you have a journalism degree from a non-accredited program.
Do I have to be a recent college graduate?
No. Early-career journalists who have something to offer Hearst and would benefit from the program are welcome to apply.
I am not a U.S. citizen. Am I still eligible?
Yes, Canadians and other foreign nationals are eligible to apply. However, the program does not sponsor visas or pay for travel to the final judging from outside the U.S. You qualify for the program if you have (or can obtain independently, not based on acceptance into the program) a visa that would allow you to work for two years beginning in August.
I am a broadcast journalist. Am I eligible for the Fellowship?
Because the Fellowship focuses on multimedia skills, broadcast journalists may apply, but successful candidates will be those who show strong writing and technical digital skills. The program offers no on-air talent positions.
How do I apply?
Materials should be submitted electronically any time from mid-October to the February deadline for the Fellowship, which begins in late August. All application materials must be received by February 16, 2020. Details about that process are made available shortly before the submission period begins. Each application includes a brief application form, a resume with certain required information, references, links to work samples and letters of recommendation. Read the instructions with the application carefully. It will answer most of your questions.
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