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Digital Fellow

Company name
Democracy Now!

Location
New York City, NY, United States

Employment Type
Full-Time

Industry
Internship, Journalism

Posted on
May 17,2019

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Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as received. Deadline to apply is May 5, 2019. 

Democracy Now! Fellowships are paid, full-time, temporary work placements to help early career digital media professionals develop skills and gain experience in a daily live TV news environment. All fellowships take place at our Manhattan studio where we produce our daily news hour.

We are currently accepting applications for our Digital Fellowship.

Democracy Now! staff provide one-on-one mentorship and supervision to help Fellows maximize their exposure to a fast-paced newsroom and develop strong online and social publishing practices. 

A successful Digital Fellow will thrive in a deadline-driven daily news environment and be passionate about expanding the audience for Democracy Now!’s news and supporting its non-commercial, independent news mission.

Strong candidates will demonstrate proven news judgment and high ethical standards and be avid news consumers on social media. Fellows are encouraged to suggest innovation and improvements to our digital processes based on their outside experience and current digital news trends. A love of podcasts, GIFs and video editing skills are a plus, but not required.

The workday begins as early as 7:00 a.m. ET to coincide with the live daily TV & radio newscast at 8:00 a.m. ET.

Candidates who have not reached the experience level required for the Fellowship may consider applying for one of our Internships.

Session Dates 
1 year, beginning summer 2019

Application Deadline
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as received, so applying early is strongly encouraged. All applications must be received by May 5, 2019.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist with daily drafting, copyediting and posting stories from our daily news hour and from our archives to Democracy Now!’s social media channels.
  • Help monitor social media and trending news items that could become part of ongoing coverage. This may include pitching story ideas and possible guests.
  • Identify areas for innovation and improvement, as well as ways to enrich Democracy Now!’s coverage based on your areas of interest and outside experience.
  • Assist with monthly reporting and analytics, identifying trends and ways to better engage the audience.
  • Supervise the work of interns in drafting and publishing content, as needed.
  • Online outreach to influencers, publishers, journalists and organizations to circulate our interviews and coverage.
  • Assist with promoting special programming, events and fundraising campaigns, as needed.

Qualifications:

  • 1-3 years experience with proven results in social media and digital journalism.
  • Avid news consumer on social media.
  • Strong proofreading skills, detail-oriented and can meet daily deadlines.
  • Deep knowledge of existing and emerging social platforms including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, SoundCloud and Reddit.
  • Experience maintaining social presence and strategy for a news outlet or comparable organization in a collaborative environment. Content management experience is an asset.
  • Commitment to the mission of Democracy Now!
  • Creative, flexible and comfortable with the pressures of a live news environment.
  • Basic video/audio/image editing experience is an asset, but training can be provided.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must have a valid US work authorization and be available to work full-time in New York City for the duration of the one-year fellowship.

Democracy Now! is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, people with disabilities, women and LGBTQ-identified people are encouraged to apply

To Apply

Follow this link to our website, scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Apply for this position". 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as received, so applying early is strongly encouraged. All applications must be received by May 5, 2019, and must include:

  1. A complete chronological resume, including dates of employment
  2. The names and contact information for two references
  3. A cover letter that addresses the following points
  • Why are you a good fit for this position?
  • How did you discover Democracy Now!?

No phone calls, please. 

Company info

Democracy Now!

Company Profile
Democracy Now! produces a daily, global, independent news hour hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. Our reporting includes breaking daily news headlines and in-depth interviews with people on the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues. On Democracy Now!, you’ll hear a diversity of voices speaking for themselves, providing a unique and sometimes provocative perspective on global events. Democracy Now! is broadcast daily across the United States and Canada as well as in countries around the world. Our program is on Pacifica, NPR, community, college and satellite radio stations; on PBS, public, community and satellite TV; and viewed by millions of people online each day. Our headlines are broadcast in Spanish on radio stations across the U.S., Central and South America, and in Europe. Democracy Now! launched in 1996, airing on nine radio stations. More than two decades later, we have grown to be one of the leading U.S.-based independent daily news broadcasts in the world. As an independent news program, Democracy Now! is audience-supported, which means that our editorial independence is never compromised by corporate or government interests. Since our founding in 1996, Democracy Now! has held steadfast to our policy of not accepting government funding, corporate sponsorship, underwriting or advertising revenue.

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