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

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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 full-time 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 September 1, 2017. 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 and reporting expenses. Additional funds may be provided to help with relocation and other expenses. 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 the 2016-17 fellows 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.

The minimum basic qualification required to be considered as an applicant for this position is a professional background in journalism with substantial 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 or equivalent in journalism from UC Berkeley or a similar program.

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 2017-2018 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, online, video and/or documentary film components. Prior to submitting a proposal, it is required that all previous information in the 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, video and documentary film coverage of your subject area in the last five years. Proposals submitted in previous years' competitions will not be accepted.

Apply at the following location: For information about the position or application process, please contact Emily Martinez at Recruitment is open until filled.

All applications must include:
• Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae
• A two-page memo outlining a complete project proposal and your reporting strategy, and summarizing media coverage of the subject you wish to cover.
• Electronic copies of three work samples, i.e. links to video or radio samples and print/online stories

Two references are required. Applicants will be responsible for entering their references’ contact information through the online application system. Letters of reference will only be solicited for finalists.

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 $57,672 (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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Job location

Berkeley, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae

  • Cover Letter - A two page memo outlining a complete project proposal and your reporting strategy, and summarizing media coverage of the subject you wish to cover.

  • Electronic copies of three work samples - i.e. links to video or radio samples and print/web stories.

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)