Writing Fellow

American Prospect, Inc.

Washington, District of Columbia

Date Posted August 31, 2022
Industry Magazines / Publishing
Specialty Not Specified
Telecommute? Yes
Job Status Full-time
Salary $41,000
Website https://prospect.org


The American Prospect is seeking a candidate to join our editorial team as part of our renowned Writing Fellowship program.

We are looking for applicants 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. Social engagement is a priority, and we are seeking someone who is eager to reach readers across a variety of channels and to create new audiences, including through newsletters or podcasts.

In practice, Prospect writing fellows benefit from an intensive mentoring program with the experts on our editorial team. Our goal is to ensure that 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 roles at the New York Times, Vox Media, The Atlantic, Slate, Washington Post, Mother Jones, Daily Beast, and many other publications.

This two-year full time fellowship starts at $41,000 annually, and includes a full range of benefits (health, dental, vision), plus union membership in Washington-Baltimore News Guild (Communication Workers of America) which secures an annual raise. The position can be based at our D.C. headquarters or remote.

The American Prospect prioritizes attracting diverse talent and cultivating an inclusive environment that encourages collaboration and creativity. All qualified applicants will be considered, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetics, age, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other such characteristic.

Interested? Tell us what talents you can bring to our team!

Your application should include...

Résumé and social links.

Three or four writing samples. 

  • Consider clips or posts, academic papers and unpublished pieces—anything that demonstrates your writing style and reporting chops.

Your letter, which should introduce yourself and include the following:

  • Three 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?

Please submit your application by October 16, 2022.