Texas Tribune Student Fellowships

Texas Tribune 2016 fellows

Paid Data Visuals Fellowships

As part of the editorial staff, the Data Visuals team does a little bit of everything — from analyzing data and reporting to designing, building and managing special features like Starstruck and large-scale data apps like the Texas Public Schools Explorer. We’re looking for creative journalists with a penchant for coding to help us build interactive features across the site.

You'll work directly with our interactive news designers and developers, reporters and editors in the newsroom. Fellows are first-class citizens on 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. For more info, here’s some insight from previous fellows on what they learned.

Ideal candidates know a little bit about HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and/or Python/Django and would like to continue to hone their skills. They are passionate about web standards, willing to discuss and show their code and deeply interested in politics, policy and open government.

To apply, send your resume, a cover letter describing your interest in the fellowship and links to previous projects and/or your GitHub account to Annie Daniel, designer/developer, at datavisualsfellowship@texastribune.org.

Application deadlines:

  • Fall 2017 fellowship — May 1, 2017

Paid Reporting Fellowships

The Texas Tribune fellowship program provides aspiring journalists the opportunity to hone their reporting skills and learn a host of new ones that will prepare them for the 21st century newsroom.

"This is not a teaching hospital," says our fearless leader, CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith. We expect fellows who are anxious to dive into daily news coverage alongside our seasoned reporting staff. Fellows at the Tribune write stories, shoot photos and video, develop news apps and assist with our major data projects. Work by fellows has appeared in The Washington Post through our partnership with that newspaper.

We have paid, part-time reporting fellows for the fall and spring semesters and paid, full-time reporting fellows for the summer. In addition, we have a paid editorial fellow in the fall and spring (part time) and summer (full time) who reports for our newsletters (topics include education, politics, health and water). 

To apply, please send us your resume, a one-page letter describing what you'd like to accomplish as a fellow at the Tribune and up to five of your very best writing/work samples. Please email your application materials to fellowship@texastribune.org. If you have any questions about the fellowship program, contact the Tribune's news editor, Corrie MacLaggan, at cmaclaggan@texastribune.org.

Application deadlines (you can apply for reporting and newsletters fellowships in the same email):

  • Fall 2017 reporting fellowship — May 1, 2017
  • Fall 2017 newsletters fellowship — May 1, 2017

Photo Editing Fellowships

The Texas Tribune’s photo editing fellowship is ideal for aspiring visual journalists. The position is unpaid, but fellows are frequently hired for paid photography assignments for our site. The photo editing fellow is responsible for selecting, editing, positioning and publishing photos on the Tribune website. The fellow also helps organize and write captions for images in the Tribune’s digital photography library. To apply, send your resume and links to your work to Tribune Creative Director Jacob Villanueva, jvillanueva@texastribune.org.

Application deadlines:

  • Fall 2017 photo editing fellowship — May 1, 2017

Paid Events Fellowships

We’re hiring a part-time events fellow to cover our live events, which may include live-tweeting, writing stories and editing video clips. We hold more than 60 events with public officials, policy experts and others around the state each year. This fellow will help make these events more accessible to our online audience by promoting these events to target audiences on social, cultivating discussion online and reporting stories out of these conversations with video clips and takeaways from panelists and attendees. Fellows will work 20 hours a week and receive a stipend.

To apply, please complete an application here.

Application deadlines: Fall 2017 fellowship — May 1, 2017

Paid Engagement Fellowships

We’re hiring an engagement fellow to help engage new audiences in our politics and policy coverage across social platforms. This may include packaging Tribune stories for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat; helping produce live discussions for our readers; and pitching and editing short-form videos or other original content for social readers. Summer fellows will work 40 hours a week and receive a stipend. Fall fellows will work 20 hours a week and receive a stipend.

Ideal candidates should have:

  • Solid news judgement 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) is not required, but is highly valued

To apply, please complete an application here.

Application deadlines:

  • Summer 2017 fellowship — April 3, 2017
  • Fall 2017 fellowship — May 1, 2017