Digital Fellow

Location
New York City, New York (US)
Salary
This is a full-time position with competitive compensation and a generous benefits package.
Posted
Apr 16, 2019
Level
Entry Level
Metro Area
New York
Duration
Full Time

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as received. Deadline to apply is May 5, 2019. 

Democracy Now! Fellowships are paid, full-time, temporary work placements to help early career digital media professionals develop skills and gain experience in a daily live TV news environment. All fellowships take place at our Manhattan studio where we produce our daily news hour.

We are currently accepting applications for our Digital Fellowship.

Democracy Now! staff provide one-on-one mentorship and supervision to help Fellows maximize their exposure to a fast-paced newsroom and develop strong online and social publishing practices. 

A successful Digital Fellow will thrive in a deadline-driven daily news environment and be passionate about expanding the audience for Democracy Now!’s news and supporting its non-commercial, independent news mission.

Strong candidates will demonstrate proven news judgment and high ethical standards and be avid news consumers on social media. Fellows are encouraged to suggest innovation and improvements to our digital processes based on their outside experience and current digital news trends. A love of podcasts, GIFs and video editing skills are a plus, but not required.

The workday begins as early as 7:00 a.m. ET to coincide with the live daily TV & radio newscast at 8:00 a.m. ET.

Candidates who have not reached the experience level required for the Fellowship may consider applying for one of our Internships.

Session Dates 
1 year, beginning summer 2019

Application Deadline
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as received, so applying early is strongly encouraged. All applications must be received by May 5, 2019.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist with daily drafting, copyediting and posting stories from our daily news hour and from our archives to Democracy Now!’s social media channels.
  • Help monitor social media and trending news items that could become part of ongoing coverage. This may include pitching story ideas and possible guests.
  • Identify areas for innovation and improvement, as well as ways to enrich Democracy Now!’s coverage based on your areas of interest and outside experience.
  • Assist with monthly reporting and analytics, identifying trends and ways to better engage the audience.
  • Supervise the work of interns in drafting and publishing content, as needed.
  • Online outreach to influencers, publishers, journalists and organizations to circulate our interviews and coverage.
  • Assist with promoting special programming, events and fundraising campaigns, as needed.

Qualifications:

  • 1-3 years experience with proven results in social media and digital journalism.
  • Avid news consumer on social media.
  • Strong proofreading skills, detail-oriented and can meet daily deadlines.
  • Deep knowledge of existing and emerging social platforms including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, SoundCloud and Reddit.
  • Experience maintaining social presence and strategy for a news outlet or comparable organization in a collaborative environment. Content management experience is an asset.
  • Commitment to the mission of Democracy Now!
  • Creative, flexible and comfortable with the pressures of a live news environment.
  • Basic video/audio/image editing experience is an asset, but training can be provided.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must have a valid US work authorization and be available to work full-time in New York City for the duration of the one-year fellowship.

Democracy Now! is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, people with disabilities, women and LGBTQ-identified people are encouraged to apply

To Apply

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Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as received, so applying early is strongly encouraged. All applications must be received by May 5, 2019, and must include:

  1. A complete chronological resume, including dates of employment
  2. The names and contact information for two references
  3. A cover letter that addresses the following points
  • Why are you a good fit for this position?
  • How did you discover Democracy Now!?

No phone calls, please. 

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