Boston Globe Media Development Fellow
- Boston, MA
- Entry Level
Boston Globe Media Development Fellowship
For over 150 years, The Boston Globe has produced award-winning journalism and has invested in new talent and innovative business strategies to meet the fast-changing demands of the industry. As the Globe continues to expand its coverage, products, and audience, a new framework to train the next generation of media professionals is an opportunity to create meaningful change. The Boston Globe Media Development Fellowship will provide early-career media professionals from historically underrepresented groups in journalism with a longer runway and the opportunity to gain experience in both the editorial and business-side functions of the organization.
This two-year program will combine a reporting fellowship within The Boston Globe’s newsroom and a business-side fellowship with Boston Globe Media’s marketing and commercial revenue teams. Fellows will gain experience in products and programming that will help ensure a more sustainable future for the news media industry. They will also learn about how these core pillars of the business can work together to support the Globe’s journalism and deepen connections with the community.
The Boston Globe Media Development Fellowship will provide aspiring media professionals with a variety of career development experiences working at a growing multimedia organization.
Fellows will participate in a series of rotations with BGM’s editorial and business units and will work closely in areas where they show the most interest. There will be a total of three eight-month rotations, one of which must be with a business unit. Fellows will work alongside the Globe’s experienced editors, reporters, and business leaders and their rotation assignments will provide the opportunity to gain reporting and writing skills as well as experience in media marketing, sales/commercial revenue, and audience engagement.
The Development Fellow will be a full-time employee of Boston Globe Media over the course of the two-year program and will have the option to elect a benefits package. The Fellow will be paid a weekly wage, and work shift times may vary based on their assigned editorial rotation.
For the editorial rotations, hands-on reporting experience will be paired with extensive editing and oversight by professional journalists. A writing coach and mentor will be provided for the Fellow along with scheduled informational sessions. The Fellow will be enrolled in the Globe’s mentorship program, which is led by the Managing Editor for Talent. Current Globe staffers will serve as mentors to help support Fellows during their participation in the program.
Learning opportunities and responsibilities may include:
- Covering issues deeply through original reporting, researched context and nuanced framing
- Developing areas of expertise and learning how to pitch stories
- Exploring storytelling across digital platforms and learning ways to optimize reader engagement
During the business rotation, the Fellow will have a unique opportunity to work with journalists and business-side professionals, providing an immersive and collaborative experience at a fast-growing multimedia organization. The Fellow will work closely with the General Manager for Newsroom Initiatives, a leader in Boston Globe Media’s advertising department, and liaison to the Globe’s newsroom.
Learning opportunities and responsibilities may include:
- Identifying new commercial revenue opportunities around the Globe’s journalism
- Collaborating with sales planning, marketing, and revenue operations to position new opportunities for the market
- Working closely with the Globe Events team to help develop and execute concepts for events featuring our journalists
- Leveraging data insights to recommend new projects to the sales team and newsroom
The rotation order will begin with an editorial reporting assignment and the remaining two rotation assignments will be determined by the Managing Editor of Talent, taking into consideration the Fellows’ skill set and interests.
- Rotation 1: Editorial - Reporting [Sep 2022 - Apr 2023]
- Rotation 2: Editorial or Business TBD [May 2023 - Dec 2023]
- Rotation 3: Editorial or Business TBD [Jan 2024 - Aug 2024]
WHO CAN APPLY
- Recent college graduates who have completed graduation within the last three years
- College seniors with a confirmed graduation date prior to the start of the Fellowship (Sept 2022)
Previous internship experience is recommended. An aptitude for journalism and an interest in learning how a media organization operates is an essential qualification for applicants. Applicants must have a driver’s license and should be comfortable driving as reporting assignments may require travel around the New England area.
HOW TO APPLY
Fellowship applications are currently open and will close on Monday, May 23rd at 5:00 pm ET. Candidate(s) will be notified and selected by mid-June 2022.
Please submit a copy of your résumé and any relevant samples of your work. We also require applicants to prove a brief (400 words max.) statement of interest, which should tell us why you are drawn to this unique Fellowship opportunity.
If you have any additional questions, please reach out to the program administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gregory Lee, Senior Assistant Managing Editor, Talent and Community, email@example.com
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