Texas Tribune Student Fellowships

Texas Tribune 2016 fellows

The Texas Tribune — a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization — offers paid fellowships to college students. The positions are part time in the spring and fall, and full time in the summer. They are based in our Austin newsroom, except for the Washington, D.C., reporting fellowship.

The deadline for the spring 2019 program is Oct. 1, and the deadline for summer 2019 is Nov. 15. You may apply for more than one position. See below for information about each fellowship, and apply here.

Art Fellowship

We are seeking digital creatives who have experience using the Adobe Creative Suite to produce design and digital illustration. Join our team if you are looking to exercise your creative production skills using the latest techniques and digital workflow for a wide variety of projects. Our creative team combined has decades of experience across all media platforms and are looking forward to working with inspiring your design and creative style.

Questions? Contact Creative Director Jacob Villanueva, jvillanueva@texastribune.org.

Copy Editing Fellowship

Do you obsess over commas and capitalization? Do you follow AP style even when you're writing notes to yourself? If so, you might be perfect for our copy editing fellowship.

We're looking for meticulous students to edit Texas Tribune stories — and everything from event programs to membership emails — in our innovative, fast-paced newsroom. You'll need to follow the Associated Press Stylebook — and the Texas Tribune style guide — to help ensure everything the Tribune publishes is clear and consistent. 

Questions? Contact Managing Editor Corrie MacLaggan, cmaclaggan@texastribune.org.

Data Visuals Fellowship

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. 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.

Questions? Contact Data Visuals Developer Chris Essig, datavisualsfellowship@texastribune.org.

Engagement Fellowship

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, Instagram and Snapchat; 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 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

Questions? Contact Chief Audience Officer Amanda Zamora, azamora@texastribune.org.

Media Relations Fellowship

This position is available for summer only. We’re looking for a fellow to help strategize and coordinate media relations and partnerships for news, enterprise projects and events at The Texas Tribune. The fellow will be responsible for building relationships with Texas and national media, devising a plan for distributing Tribune content and managing editorial partnerships and in-kind Texas Tribune Festival partnerships. The fellow will also write media materials including releases, pitches and promotional copy for investigations and projects. We’re looking for a strong writer who is reliable, quick on his or her feet and wants to have a big impact on an innovative newsroom.

Questions? Contact Director of Media Relations and Partnerships Natalie Choate, nchoate@texastribune.org.

Multimedia Fellowship

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, twiseman@texastribune.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 21st century newsroom.

We are looking for fellows who are anxious 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 a fight at the Legislature over the use of public restrooms to the question of whether a Brexit-style Texit could ever happen.

Questions? Contact Managing Editor Corrie MacLaggan, cmaclaggan@texastribune.org.

Reporting Fellowship — Washington, D.C.

The Washington, D.C., reporting fellow works alongside Bureau Chief Abby Livingston to cover the 38-member Texas congressional delegation, 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 Corrie MacLaggan, cmaclaggan@texastribune.org.