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Local Investigations Fellowship - Reporter Fellow

Job Summary

Are you a local beat reporter or freelancer with a great local investigative story idea? The New York Times is accepting applications for its Local Investigations Fellowship, a one-year program aimed at developing the next generation of investigative reporters.

The mission of The New York Times is to seek the truth and help people understand the world. That means independent journalism is at the heart of all we do as a company. It’s why we have a world-renowned newsroom that sends journalists to report on the ground from nearly 160 countries. It’s why we focus deeply on how our readers will experience our journalism, from print to audio to a world-class digital and app destination. And it’s why our business strategy centers on making journalism so good that it’s worth paying for.

Job Description

Join The New York Times Local Investigations Fellowship as a reporter.

The Times is looking for reporters with a local story idea who want to investigate it under the editing guidance of Dean Baquet, The Times’s former executive editor, and a group of veteran investigative editors.

The goal of the Local Investigative Fellowship is to provide fellows the opportunity to learn the ways and means of investigative reporting from some of the best in the business. Our fellows will be based in the communities where they are reporting and make periodic trips to The Times’s offices for training and support.

This one year program is for reporters in local newsrooms or freelancers. Fellows ideally will have three to five years of experience working as a beat reporter, but reporters with more experience may be considered. The most competitive candidates will be journalists who have significant experience covering a beat and have an idea for an investigative story that they have not had the time, resources or editing support to pursue.

Learn more about the program here:


Applicants may apply to the Local Investigations Fellowship once per calendar year. You also may apply for other newsroom opportunities, however separate applications must be submitted for each program.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. We will not sponsor new work visas for the fellowship, but we may consider you if you have an existing work visa or a valid student visa that can be extended via Optional Practical Training

Applicants will be notified about their status on a rolling basis.

Keep in mind that the fellowships are very competitive and generate a high level of interest. We won’t be able to accept applications that are mailed or emailed to us. Nor will we acknowledge the status of every application upon receipt or during the vetting process. We will contact you for interviews as needed.

These positions are represented by the NewsGuild of NY

The annual base pay range for this role is between $83,591.04 to $84,0000.

The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will provide reasonable accommodations as required by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws. Individuals seeking an accommodation for the application or interview process should email Emails sent for unrelated issues, such as following up on an application, will not receive a response.

The Company will further consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable "Fair Chance" laws.

The New York Times Company follows the pay transparency and non-discrimination provisions outlined by the United States Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Click here for details:


Organization: The New York Times
Location: New York NY US
Date Posted: May 8, 2024
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How to Apply

Apply online.

Candidates should submit five published clips that show excellence — in evocative writing, through high-impact news stories and by highlighting the voices of local communities.

To apply, upload a résumé, memo and five clips. Your materials should be packaged together in that order (résumé, memo and clips) and uploaded as one single .pdf or .doc file that is under 5 MB in size. Please include the full text of your clips, not just the links. The application will prompt you when to upload your materials. Applications that fail to include any of these materials or follow these instructions will not be considered.

You may submit more than one story idea in your memo. Please limit each pitch to 500 words. We are not looking for polished story ideas. Instead, your answers to these questions will help us assess where you are in the reporting process and what editorial support and resources the local investigative fellowship could offer you.

The Times will host webinars on May 14 and June 6 to talk about the program and answer questions. Sign up below.

Tuesday, May 14th at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time:

Thursday, June 6th at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time:

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