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.

The spring position is part time and the summer position is full time.

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. Please be sure to indicate which fellowship (spring or summer) you're applying to in your cover letter.

Application deadlines:

  • Spring 2018 fellowship — Oct. 1, 2017
  • Summer 2018 fellowship — Nov. 15, 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. 

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 managing editor, Corrie MacLaggan, at cmaclaggan@texastribune.org.

Application deadlines:

  • Spring 2018 fellowship — Oct. 1, 2017
  • Summer 2018 fellowship — Nov. 15, 2017

Paid Copy Editing Fellowships

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. 

The fall and spring positions are part time and the summer position is full time.

To apply, send your resume, a one-page letter describing why you want to work at the Tribune and up to five writing or editing samples to fellowship@texastribune.org. Questions? Contact Corrie MacLaggan, the Tribune's managing editor: cmaclaggan@texastribune.org.

Application deadline:

  • Spring 2018 fellowship — Oct. 1, 2017
  • Summer 2018 fellowship — Nov. 15, 2017

Paid Photo Editing Fellowships

The Texas Tribune’s photo editing fellowship is ideal for aspiring visual journalists. 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:

  • Spring 2018 fellowship — Oct. 1, 2017
  • Summer 2018 fellowship — Nov. 15, 2017

Paid Art Fellowships

We are seeking digital creatives who have experience with using the Adobe Creative Suite to produce design and digital illustration. Join our team for the season 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.

To apply, send your resume and links to your work to Tribune Creative Director Jacob Villanueva, jvillanueva@texastribune.org.

Application deadlines:

  • Spring 2018 fellowship — Oct. 1, 2017
  • Summer 2018 fellowship — Nov. 15, 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.

  • Spring 2018 fellowship — Oct. 1, 2017
  • Summer 2018 fellowship — Nov. 15, 2017

Paid Engagement Fellowships

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. Summer fellows will work 40 hours a week and receive a stipend. Fall and spring 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:

  • Spring 2018 fellowship — Oct. 1, 2017
  • Summer 2018 fellowship — Nov. 15, 2017

Paid Multimedia Fellowships

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. 

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and links to your video work to Todd Wiseman, twiseman@texastribune.org.

Application deadlines:

  • Spring 2018 fellowship — Nov. 15, 2017
  • Summer 2018 fellowship — Dec. 1, 2017