Writing Fellow

The American Prospect
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 21

Position description

The American Prospect welcomes applications for our 2019-2021 writing fellowships

The Prospect’s Writing Fellows Program offers journalists the opportunity to spend two years developing their skills with the magazine in Washington, D.C.

Each fellow benefits from an intensive mentoring program with the experts on our editorial team, and is expected to contribute regularly. The program runs from September 2019 through June 2021.

We seek candidates with strong writing and analytical abilities who will generate story ideas as well as take assignments. A passion for politics and policy is a prerequisite. Prior journalism experience is encouraged but not required. We are committed to a diverse workplace and we support our people with ongoing career-development opportunities.

Our goal is to ensure TAP fellows develop the relationships, credibility, quality of writing, and more than enough clips to pursue a career in journalism. Past fellows have gone on to leadership roles at The New York Times, Vox, The Atlantic, Slate, The Washington Post, Daily Beast, and many other publications.

The fellowship pays an annual salary of $38,000 and includes health, dental, and vision benefits.

Founded in 1990, The American Prospect is devoted to promoting informed discussion and debate on public-policy matters from a progressive perspective. Through narrative interpretation of complex issues, we seek to disseminate the ideas and the analyses necessary to support an informed discourse. We don’t just make magazines, we make a difference.

Application instructions

Your TAP Writing Fellows Program application includes...

  • Your résumé.
  • Three or four writing samples.
    Consider clips or posts, academic papers and unpublished pieces—anything that demonstrates your writing style and reporting chops.
  • Two written recommendations.
  • A critique of Prospect content and display, in print and online.
    Choose three published pieces and evaluate each for style, clarity, and readability. Tell us if a piece worked well, or if it fell short. Your critique should consider balance, the variety of voices, as well as the quality of the presentation.
  • Three of your own story ideas:
    A reported feature or essay;
    A piece on an important debate from the world of politics, policy, or ideas; and
    Another topic or genre of your choice.
  • And answers to these questions:
    What magazines, newspapers and websites do you read regularly?
    Name your intellectual and political heroes?
    Where do you see yourself in five years and why?

Submit your application via email:
[email protected]
Subject: Writing Fellowship Program Application

Or by post:

Ellen J. Meany
The American Prospect Writing Fellows Program
1225 I Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005

For more information, email Ellen Meany: [email protected]

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