Environmental Justice Fellow

Grist Magazine
USA, Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Grist is a nonprofit media organization working for a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck. Its editorial team leads the conversation on climate change and climate action, producing daily news and analysis pieces, as well as video and longform stories, on humanity’s attempt to grapple with the most critical issue it faces.

Grist is seeking an Environmental Justice Fellow to join our Editorial team. This fellowship will run for six months, beginning in January 2021. The fellow will report to the Articles Editor.

With the mentorship and support of Grist’s editorial staff, the environmental justice fellow will report on the connections between social inequality and the environment. You will explore the ways in which the environmental movement can become more inclusive, especially in the current moment — and how communities of color are developing new ways to fight for cleaner air and water and safer neighborhoods. We’re especially interested in journalism that identifies communities and people working on homegrown solutions.


  • Identify and pitch ideas for stories that look at the effects of climate change and pollution on marginalized communities
  • Write multiple stories — quick news or analysis pieces — each week
  • Contribute to Grist’s daily newsletter The Beacon
  • Other duties, like research and fact-checking, may be assigned from time to time
  • Pitch and write one enterprise/feature story in the second half of your fellowship
  • Contribute to larger editorial projects as needed


  • Four-year degree, or equivalent professional experience
  • Strong understanding of Grist’s brand
  • Demonstrated familiarity with environmental and climate justice
  • Ability to produce at least two stories per week
  • Ability to make a full-time, six-month commitment
  • Fellows can work remotely and be based anywhere in the United States


  • This fellowship is a paid, six-month opportunity ($3334/month) for early-career journalists
  • Fellows are eligible for Grist health benefits coverage, including medical, vision, and dental
  • Fellows come away with six months of solid newsroom experience, a body of clips, and fluency in climate and environmental justice issues
  • Through our Newsroom Training Series, fellows are also trained on a range of crucial skills, from filing FOIA requests to audio/video script-writing
  • Fellows benefit from full integration into the workings of a busy and exciting nonprofit media organization


As an environmental justice fellow at Grist, you will be a part of our larger fellowship program, which aims to provide a formative experience in a geographically distributed but tight-knit newsroom and professional development for early-career journalists. We will encourage full participation in staff discussions and meetings and seek input on issues large and small.

Fellows can be based anywhere in the United States. Global health conditions permitting, at a future date there may be opportunities to work out of Grist’s Seattle office or New York hub. All fellows who work remotely will be encouraged to report on stories in their home community.


Applicants must submit the following in one PDF attachment:

  1. Resume and cover letter. We are looking for a succinct, thoughtful cover letter that explains what you think are the most important environmental justice topics and stories to follow in the next six months — and why you’re the right person to cover them for Grist.
  2. Three samples of your work. Writing samples can be newspaper or magazine clips, blog posts, or unpublished pieces. We will gladly accept links to multimedia samples (video, illustration, infographic, podcast, etc.) but cannot review original files.
  3. Write a short news post. Identify something that’s happening on the environmental justice beat and write a brief story for Grist. If possible, try to take a sharp angle on the news of the day or think up a smart way of making the news digestible. Please include any relevant links to news sources and background info. The brief should be about 300 words. Please include a link to an image or video that you would run with the story. (Note: We do not intend to publish this assignment, so don’t worry about whether you have the rights to the image or video.)


Application materials combined into one PDF attachment should be emailed to fellowshipapps@grist.org. Please include “Environmental Justice Fellow” in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For fellowships that begin January 2021, please submit applications by November 16, 2020.

No phone calls, please.

Cultivating an inclusive staff is central to Grist’s focus on advancing equity. We’re interested in hearing from people who can work with diverse colleagues of varied experience. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grist is an equal-opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.