The American Prospect’s Writing Fellows Program offers aspiring journalists the opportunity to develop their skills with the magazine at our headquarters in Washington, D.C.
This two-year position starts Fall 2021. Please apply for this position by Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021.
Each fellow benefits from an intensive mentoring program with the experts on our editorial team, and is expected to contribute regularly.
The Prospect is looking for 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.
The Prospect is committed to a diverse workplace and supports employees with ongoing career-development opportunities. Members of traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Prospect’s goal is to ensure writing fellows develop the relationships, credibility, quality of writing, and more than enough clips to pursue a career in journalism. Our graduates include Jamelle Bouie, now a columnist for The New York Times; Adam Serwer, now at The Atlantic; Matt Yglesias, a founder of Vox; Nathalie Baptiste, now at Mother Jones; and Brentin Mock of CityLab. Other alums include Josh Marshall, who invented a whole new media form with Talking Points Memo; Ezra Klein, Dana Goldstein and Nick Confessore, all at The New York Times; Tara Zahra, a 2015 MacArthur award winner; Kate Sheppard of HuffPost; and dozens more. The complete list is linked here.
The annual salary for this two-year fellowship starts at $41,000 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 5 percent raise.
Here's what our most recent fellows have to say:
As a writing fellow, I covered a range of beats, diving into complicated policy and learning the ins and outs of Washington. It’s a crash course in politics and the chance to immerse yourself fully in work you feel good about. As a young reporter, I was trusted and supported to write ambitious stories that mattered and in turn, I’ve seen my work have an impact. — Marcia Brown
Few other early career positions are as focused on supporting young journalists in their reporting, pitching, and broader professional development as the Prospect's writing fellowship, where in my first year I regularly filed web stories and magazine features, did multiple reporting trips across the country, and attended NABJ's and IRE's annual conferences. — Brittany Gibson
The Prospect is a pioneer in nonprofit journalism and a compelling voice for attainable progressive reform. We published our first issue in Spring 1990 as a champion for informed discussion on public policy. Since 2019, the Prospect has doubled our online traffic, increased our annual print issue count to six, expanded into live-streaming events, and polished our reputation as a leading source of journalism on the progressive left. Our mission is to broaden our impact without sacrificing integrity, and to continuously fortify our tenacious focus on ideas, politics and power.
The TAP Writing Fellows Program application includes...
- 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.
- Your letter, introducing yourself, with additional sections covering these topics:
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 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?