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Post-graduate Fellow - Investigative Reporting - Graduate School of Journalism

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Associate Specialist

(Job Code 3310)

Investigative Reporting Program
Graduate School of Journalism
121 North Gate Hall
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-5860

Posting Title: Post-graduate Fellow - Investigative Reporting - Graduate School of Journalism

To help develop a new generation of investigative reporters in an era of cutbacks at major news organizations, the Investigative Reporting Program at the Graduate School of Journalism is hiring 2 to 3 fellows in investigative reporting. Occasionally, the IRP awards special project support in lieu of a fellowship in-residence. This is a one-year academic appointment expected to begin on August 29, 2014.

Fellows’ findings will be published or broadcast for general circulation both nationally and internationally. Fellows will be provided with office space and up to $10,000 in funds for approved travel. No housing or relocation supplements are provided. Fellows are expected to refrain from outside journalistic projects, and to use the Berkeley offices as their base of operations during the fellowship.

Read about last year’s winners at:

Fellows will, under general supervision, conduct research, manage data; write, edit, fact-check and produce project(s). Fellows will be required to submit monthly status reports.

In addition to regular interaction with the faculty of the journalism school and the instructors in investigative reporting, the fellows will participate in a weekly seminar in investigative reporting taught by Lowell Bergman and Tim McGirk.

The minimum basic qualification required to be considered an applicant for this position is a professional background in journalism with experience in investigative reporting, be it writing, producing or editing.

Candidates must demonstrate a strong track record of successfully reporting on complex subjects in the public interest. Additionally, candidates must have strong organizational and coordination skills as well as the ability to self-motivate and work both productively and independently in a congenial newsroom environment.

The fellowships are open to all working investigative journalists, but preference will be given to those with a master's degree in journalism from UC Berkeley or a similar program by the time of start date.

Applicants will be chosen based on their qualifications as well as their potential and dedication to this specialized area of reporting, and on the proposed areas of investigation they intend to pursue during the yearlong program. Contributions to diversity and equal opportunity are valued in the selection process.

Applicants for the 2014-2015 fellowships are urged to present detailed areas of inquiry for investigative reporting projects on underreported subjects that will serve the public interest. Proposals may include print and broadcast components as well as multimedia projects for the Web and must include an estimate for travel expenses to complete a project.

Prior to submitting a proposal, it its required that all previous information in subject area be researched. Please identify specifically how your proposed project differs from its predecessors. If the subject area has not been reported on, please include this in your initial proposal (i.e. an exhaustive search of Lexis-Nexis and other databases reveals very little has been reported in this area).

Please check for print, online and broadcast coverage of your subject area in the last five years.

Proposals submitted in previous years’ competitions will not be accepted.

For information about the position or application process, please contact Emily Martinez at
Review of applications will begin on April 25, 2014. To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete by this date.
Applications are due no later than midnight on Monday, May 19, 2014.

Two letters of reference are required. Original letters must be on company letterhead. Applicants will be responsible for entering their references’ contact information and requesting letters through the online application system.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

The payroll title for this position is Associate Specialist with a full time annual salary of $54,336 (step 2). This appointment is eligible for full UC benefits. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

The department is also interested in individuals who may have had non-traditional career paths or who may have taken time off for family reasons (e.g., children, disabled, or elderly), or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academe (e.g., in professional or industry service).

The University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

The School seeks candidates whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:


Document requirements
  • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae

  • Complete Project Proposal - See requirements in job posting

  • Cover letter outlining story(ies) you wish to pursue, the importance of your subjects and your reporting strategy

  • 1-2 page memo summarizing media coverage of subject you wish to cover

  • Electronic copy of work sample, i.e. links to video or radio samples and PDFs (not links) of print/web stories

  • Electronic copy of work sample, i.e. links to video or radio samples and PDFs (not links) of print/web stories

  • Electronic copy of work sample, i.e. links to video or radio samples and PDFs (not links) of print/web stories

Reference requirements
  • 2 letters of reference required