ProPublica Is Hiring a Two-Year Ancil Payne Fellow

We are not currently accepting applications for this position.

ProPublica is excited to announce a new opportunity for an early- to mid-career journalist who wants to develop their investigative reporting skills.

We are looking for a two-year Ancil Payne Reporting Fellow to join one of America’s most innovative (and fun) investigative newsrooms. We’re not interested in having you cover daily news. Your job will be to do enterprising, hard-hitting stories. Our newsroom zigs where others zag, taking on topics that are overlooked or telling stories in new and exciting ways.

Over the course of two years, we expect the fellow to take on a mix of short-, medium- and longer-term stories. That includes reporting and writing stories of your own (examples include this and this) and collaborating on some of ProPublica’s biggest and most complex projects, like this one about the dangers of certain booster seats that prompted a congressional investigation.

This fellowship runs for two years, pays $75,000 per year and includes full benefits. We hope the fellow will take on increasingly complex stories during their time on our staff, working independently and with colleagues.

The fellowship starts on Jan. 3, 2022, and will be based out of our headquarters in New York. We are not open to remote applicants.

We’re Looking for Someone Who:

  • Has some professional journalism experience.
  • Has produced original, revelatory, in-depth or investigative stories. You don’t have to be an “investigative reporter,” but you do have to have shown a dedication to digging for the truth, holding people and institutions accountable, and pointing to possible solutions.
  • Aches to report stories that are both important and powerfully told.
  • Is truly excited about all the possible ways we can do journalism nowadays, including digging deep into data, working with readers, and marrying narrative and investigative forms.
  • Brings perspectives and life experiences that point to unique stories and untapped potential for holding the powerful accountable.
  • Really likes working with others.

We know there are great candidates who may not exactly fit into what we’ve described above or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

We are dedicated to improving our newsroom, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. (Here is a breakdown of our staff.) We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. And we are taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

If all of this sounds exciting to you, you can apply using this form. Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.

Questions? Send them to [email protected]. No phone calls, please. The deadline for applications is Monday, Nov. 15, at 9 a.m. Eastern time.

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