The Texas Tribune offers paid fellowships to college students each spring, summer and fall.
The Texas Tribune — a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization — offers paid fellowships to college students. Fellows play key roles in the most important work of the Tribune, covering everything from the biennial legislative sessions to elections to the impact of the coronavirus on the state. See recent work by Texas Tribune fellows here.
The Tribune offers the following fellowships: data visuals, design, engagement, engineering, events, marketing and communications, multimedia, photography, reporting (Austin) and reporting (Washington, D.C.)
The positions are part time in the spring and fall, and full time in the summer. They are typically based in our Austin newsroom, except for the Washington, D.C., reporting fellowship. Many of our teams are split, with some working remotely and a limited number going into the office, but candidates should be available to work in person when it becomes safe to do so.
Recent graduates are eligible for the summer program, but spring and fall fellows must be enrolled undergraduate or graduate students while they work at the Tribune. You may apply for more than one position.
For general questions about the fellowship program, please contact Alana Rocha, Director of News Partnerships, or Bobby Blanchard, Director of Audience. We do not accept applications by email.
How to apply: We are not accepting applications at this time.
Data Visuals Fellowship
The Tribune’s award-winning data visuals department is a hybrid news applications and graphics team. We are journalists who work closely with reporters and editors to generate ideas, request public records and comb through the results. Then, we use what we find to tell data-driven, visual stories.
We’re looking for creative journalists who can use code and graphics to help us tell stories with data. Fellows are important members of our team — in the past, they’ve had the opportunity to not only contribute to high-profile projects but to take the lead on them.
Questions? Contact Deputy Data Visuals Editor Chris Essig, email@example.com.
The design team is seeking creative individuals who are interested in visual storytelling and the intersection of design and journalism. The design team works across the organization to ensure visual consistency across our various products and platforms.
Candidates should have an eye for design, typography, layout, photography, and color, as well as the ability to see concepts and assets through to final delivery. They should be comfortable with the presentation of ideas, mood boards, storyboards, and mockups.
Applicants with illustration and/or motion graphics experience are a plus.
Questions? Contact Design Director Emily Albracht, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re hiring fellows to help engage audiences in our politics and policy coverage across platforms. This may include packaging Tribune stories for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; contributing to our daily newsletters; helping produce live discussions for our readers; and pitching and editing short-form videos or other original content for social readers.
Ideal candidates have:
- Solid news judgment and experience reporting/writing on deadline.
- Sharp social copywriting skills and experience using social networks for newsgathering.
- Experience editing visual stories (including social graphics, audio, video and/or other multimedia). This is not required, but is highly valued.
Questions? Contact Director for Audience Bobby Blanchard, email@example.com.
Specific projects will be informed by the skills and interests of the fellow, but themes might include work with automated testing, data processing, site performance, user experience and accessibility. Fellows will participate in bi-weekly sprints, work directly with engineers, and collaborate with departments including editorial, design, membership and sponsorship.
(Note: This is not an editorial role or a data visuals position.)
Questions? Contact Engineering Manager Ashley Hebler, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're looking for a fellow to join our events team to help coordinate, promote and execute some of the Tribune’s 60+ annual events, including the annual Texas Tribune Festival. The fellow will be responsible for crafting event listings, devising and executing an event promotional strategy, and managing event production tasks. We're looking for a creative self-starter who is reliable, quick on their feet and comfortable managing multiple projects at once.
Questions? Contact Assistant Director of Events Malú González, email@example.com.
Marketing and Communications Fellowship
We’re looking for a fellow to help strategize and coordinate media relations and marketing efforts for Texas Tribune products including news and events. The fellow will be responsible for building relationships with Texas and national media, devising plans for content distribution and announcements, increasing awareness of key products to target audiences, and executing on marketing promo-swaps. The fellow is also responsible for drafting press releases, pitches, and promotional copy for upcoming events, investigations and projects.
We’re looking for a strong communicator and a systematic thinker who is reliable, quick on his or her feet and wants to have a big impact on an innovative newsroom in a fast-paced setting. We'll give bonus points to those who have experience with Google Analytics, Facebook Ads, Google Ads or Twitter Ads.
Questions? Contact Chief Communications Officer Natalie Choate, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help bring stories to life through a fellowship with The Texas Tribune’s growing multimedia team. Do everything from creating zippy social media shorts to livestreaming breaking news to assisting with long-form documentaries. Pitch, shoot and edit exciting Texas news stories for an engaged online audience. Work closely with the multimedia team and reporters to expand the Tribune’s growing online multimedia presence. Familiarity and experience with multimedia journalism is preferred. Working knowledge of audio/video equipment and editing software like Adobe Premiere is a big plus.
Questions? Contact Video Managing Producer Todd Wiseman, email@example.com.
We’re seeking aspiring photojournalists to shoot photos for The Texas Tribune in Central Texas and beyond. Assignments may range from a portrait of a political candidate to a protest at the state Capitol to a farm that’s affected by state policy. The ideal candidate is equally comfortable with breaking news and feature photography and is ready to quickly switch gears from a Capitol hearing to a college classroom.
Questions? Contact Deputy Photo Editor John Jordan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reporting Fellowship — Austin
The Texas Tribune reporting fellowship provides aspiring journalists the opportunity to hone their reporting skills and learn a host of new ones that will prepare them for the modern newsroom.
We are looking for fellows who are ready to dive into daily news and enterprise coverage — including reporting on elections and Texas’ biennial legislative sessions — alongside our seasoned reporting staff. Ideal candidates will have experience reporting and writing on deadline and an interest in covering state policy topics like health, education, immigration, criminal justice and the environment, as well as the state’s changing demographics. Previous fellows have written about everything from the state's new gun laws to local officials' legal challenges to Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on mask mandates.
Applications for spring 2022 have already closed. Questions? Contact Managing Editor Matthew Watkins, email@example.com.
Reporting Fellowship — Washington, D.C.
The Washington, D.C., reporting fellow works alongside Bureau Chief Abby Livingston to cover the Texas congressional delegation, the U.S. House and Senate elections, and the biggest Texas news in the nation's capital.
A must: experience reporting and writing on deadline. Nice to have: an obsession with politics or Texas (or both).
Questions? Contact Managing Editor Matthew Watkins, firstname.lastname@example.org.
General questions about the program? Please contact Alana Rocha, Director of News Partnerships, or Bobby Blanchard, Director of Audience. We do not accept applications by email.