The American Prospect is hiring a journalist to join our writing team, as part of our brand-new John Lewis Fellowship. We are looking for an experienced reporter to contribute quick-turn political reporting, news and analysis, and longer-term investigative and magazine projects.

The John Lewis Writing Fellow will produce several pieces each week for the Prospect website, breaking news, writing agenda-setting stories, and helping to drive the conversation on Ideas, Politics, and Power. The John Lewis Writing Fellow plays a key role in our weekly editorial calendar, and will work on stories that they both pitch or are assigned.

Applicants should have:

  • at least three years’ experience reporting and writing; 
  • the ability to work quickly and comment on the news in real time;
  • facility for breaking down political or policy topics so regular people can understand them;
  • and, a passion for progressive policy and politics, with the ability to relate that passion to readers.

Experience with story editing is helpful but not required, as is experience appearing in the media and speaking publicly about topical news. Social engagement is a priority, and we are seeking a journalist who is eager to reach readers across a variety of channels and to create new audiences, including through newsletters or podcasts.

The annual salary for this two-year fellowship starts at $58,000 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 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!

Apply here with your letter, resume, social links and story links. 

The American Prospect holds power to account in Washington and beyond. We are an award winning public policy magazine in print six times a year and online daily, with a staff that is small but mighty.

We pride ourselves on crafting our own beats, initiating innovation, and otherwise owning the positions in which we work. Skills we value are leadership, time management, project management, and the ability to respectfully collaborate with the team both in person and online. 

We are in search of a Managing Editor. The Prospect ME oversees and coordinates content, maintaining an editorial calendar and daily schedule, creating and enforcing deadlines, supervising fact checking, managing freelance writers, editing copy, and assigning publishing tasks to colleagues and interns, both in person at our D.C. HQ and with our remote team, via Zoom, Slack and Gmail. 

The ME participates in content strategy, story planning, story assignments, and the presentation of content online and in print, as well as ensuring such content is factual, free from errors, and conforms to the Prospect’s adopted formats and style. Experience with assigning freelance work, as well as with story editing, is strongly preferred. 

This full time, WBNG (CWA) union position is based in Washington, D.C. Salary starts at $65,000. The collective bargaining agreement secures an annual raise.

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!

Apply here with letter, resume, social links and story links.

Work with us remotely, or at our offices in Washington, D.C.
2022 Editorial Internships
The American Prospect is devoted to promoting informed discourse on public-policy matters from a progressive perspective through narrative interpretation of complex issues. We don’t just make magazines, we make a difference.
The Prospect hosts three classes of interns each year with flexible dates ranging from January to April; May to August; and September to December.
Editorial interns assist with research, fact-checking, social media, data entry and library services for both the print magazine and the daily website. Interns are encouraged to contribute editorially, writing book briefs and articles as assigned, and participating in generating story ideas, as well as pursuing their own projects under the guidance of Prospect staff. We encourage interns to fully integrate themselves into the Prospect’s editorial operations while taking full advantage of the public events only available in Washington, D.C.
This is the perfect internship for journalism, political science, and economics majors. Juniors, seniors and grad students are encouraged to apply. Full and part time internships available; stipend is $100 per day.
Here's what recent interns have to say:
The Prospect's internship program offers an unparalleled experience in political journalism, with regular opportunities to pitch and write. Editors guide interns with invaluable mentorship while giving them the freedom to pursue stories they pitch themselves. The program affirmed my love of journalism and served as a crash course in national politics.
Amelia Pollard, Spring 2021 intern
Working at the Prospect is exhilarating. Everyone is accessible, friendly, and phenomenal to be around (this felt true even with our internship being virtual!), and we were genuinely trusted to help make the wheels turn. I learned by doing – from PR and social media, to fact-checking and reporting. The internship gave me the opportunity to learn much, and encounter wonderful new friends and mentors.
Prem Thakker, Spring 2021 intern
At The American Prospect, I was one piece of a small team punching above its weight through the sharpest reporting on U.S. politics today. Because of this internship, I discovered the type of writer, reporter, researcher, and colleague I want to be. Whether it was providing research support, fact-checking, running social media, or pitching story ideas, our work always mattered. As an intern, you work closely with various editors, journalists, and other staff, each offering many personal and professional lessons that I would never have considered without this opportunity. The Prospect team's commitment to your growth as a journalist is indescribable.
Jarod Facundo, Spring 2021 intern
Your TAP Internship application includes...
Your résumé.
Three writing samples. Consider clips or posts, academic papers and unpublished pieces.
Your cover letter. In your letter, please give your assessment of the current political moment; and your interest in The American Prospect's journalism OR how an internship with the Prospect would align/advance your personal/career goals.

NOTE: This Internship application is DIFFERENT from the Writing Fellowship application.

The next deadline is Monday, March 14, 2022.

At this time, all positions are remote. We plan to open our Washington, D.C., headquarters only if deemed safe and feasible.
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. 

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