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Lenfest Fellowships

The Philadelphia Inquirer will launch a second class of Lenfest Fellows in January 2020.  The two-year competitive fellowships will be awarded to 6 emerging journalists of color who exhibit strong digital-first skills.

The fellows will work as full-time reporters, editors, photographers/videographers, and multi-media journalists and further hone their skills as digital storytellers with salary and benefits. The fellows will also have mentors, participate in weekly seminars and work on a fellows-only project designed to bring more younger readers to our platforms.

The goal of the fellowships is to create a hiring pipeline to further diversity our newsroom, and other newsrooms, broaden our coverage of the region and engage with audiences that don’t connect with us today.

About Us:

The Philadelphia Inquirer is a public benefit corporation owned by the nonprofit Lenfest Institute for Journalism. Together, we’re at the center of a critical mission to create a lasting future for ambitious, engaging, and useful local journalism. We’re doing this, in part, by deepening our connection with the communities we serve. Our integrated digital and print platforms are the Philadelphia region’s largest media network. We’re passionate about building a sustainable model for indispensable local journalism, and we take pride in finding diverse, dynamic, and talented individuals to help push our team forward.

Applicants are required to:

  • Submit a resume that includes date or expected date of graduation, current address, email, website and social media addresses.
  • Submit a cover letter highlighting both your accomplishments and why you are the perfect candidate to be awarded a Lenfest Fellowship.
  • Submit digital links to at least three examples of your work that make you proud.
  • If interested in a specific fellowship of the ones listed below, state which one in your application.

Please combine your cover letter and resume into one file, and upload your application here.

 If you have additional questions email Michael Days at mdays@inquirer.com

 

 

Lenfest Fellowship - Reporters (2 open positions)

Job Summary

This is a two-year fellowship sponsored by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

Our readers crave connections with journalists, and their ability to convene and to discuss significant issues in our communities.  We are looking for reporters who are intentional and deliberate in their outreach to potential readers, especially those of color in Philadelphia.  These reporters would focus their time on exploring underserved communities, shining a light on inequities that are rarely covered. The Inquirer would support them with listening events and other community gatherings to bolster their efforts to connect with communities of color.

What You’ll Do

  • Always report fairly, accurately and thoroughly
  • Ensure reporting offers a window on the communities we serve, that reflect their spirit, their personalities, their diversity
  • Dig for and gather news and information; synthesize it in strong prose
  • Make use of visual elements to augment storytelling
  • Build subject matter expertise and audience around a topic and cultivate sources
  • Aggregate topical news from other sources and add value
  • Use social media both as a reporting tool and as a venue for promoting work

Who We’re Looking For

  • Proficient in digital content management tools
  • Use social media for newsgathering and audience development
  • Basic photo editing skills
  • Comfort with fast-paced incremental storytelling (e.g., social media updates, live blogging)
  • Basic data literacy and analysis skills and ability to build simple charts, graphs, maps with in-house tools
  • Ability to gather, edit and post basic video and audio
  • Ability to work remotely via smartphone or laptop computer
  • Ability to interpret audience analytics to inform newsgathering decisions
  • Understanding of platforms and audiences and ability to compose stories appropriate to the platform of publication (e.g., voice, style, formatting, hyperlinks)
  • Write headlines that sell a story across platforms; basic knowledge of SEO techniques
  • Use accepted newsroom tools for planning, authoring, communicating, etc.

 

Lenfest Fellowship – Editor 

Job Summary

This is a two-year fellowship sponsored by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

The Fellows editor will have oversight of the Lenfest program, and will also be a contributor to one of the coverage desks, splitting his/her duties between being the Fellows editor and actual hands-on editing.  The candidate for this role must have an array of skills now required in 21th Century newsrooms -- assigning stories, editing copy and coordinating all visual elements of a given story.  

What You’ll Do

  • Always report fairly, accurately and thoroughly
  • Ensure reporting offers a window on the communities we serve, that reflect their spirit, their personalities, their diversity
  • Dig for and gather news and information; synthesize it in strong prose
  • Make use of visual elements to augment storytelling
  • Build subject matter expertise and audience around a topic and cultivate sources
  • Aggregate topical news from other sources and add value
  • Use social media both as a reporting tool and as a venue for promoting work

Who We’re Looking For

  • Proficient in digital content management tools
  • Use social media for newsgathering and audience development
  • Basic photo editing skills
  • Comfort with fast-paced incremental storytelling (e.g., social media updates, live blogging)
  • Basic data literacy and analysis skills and ability to build simple charts, graphs, maps with in-house tools
  • Ability to gather, edit and post basic video and audio
  • Ability to work remotely via smartphone or laptop computer
  • Ability to interpret audience analytics to inform newsgathering decisions
  • Understanding of platforms and audiences and ability to compose stories appropriate to the platform of publication (e.g., voice, style, formatting, hyperlinks)
  • Write headlines that sell a story across platforms; basic knowledge of SEO techniques
  • Use accepted newsroom tools for planning, authoring, communicating, etc.

 

Audience Engagement Editor

Job Summary

The Philadelphia Inquirer is looking for a creative and digitally-savvy journalist to join its audience development team as a Lenfest Fellow. The audience team works on the distribution of The Inquirer’s journalism and engagement initiatives with our community. Audience engagement editors help our journalism find the largest possible audience through social media, SEO, email newsletters, user-generated content, and data analysis.

 

What You’ll Do

  • Help manage The Inquirer’s branded social media accounts, with a priority on distributing our journalism across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn while also exploring new platforms as they emerge.
  • Contribute to the planning and execution of promotional rollouts on our most ambitious enterprise journalism and major projects.
  • Help reporters and editors write effective headlines for different platforms, with an emphasis on SEO for search audiences and engagement on Facebook.
  •  Contribute occasionally to the writing and editing of The Inquirer’s email newsletters.
  • Work with our Analytics Editor, along with reporters and editors, to examine and analyze the data behind our audience trends, both on-site and via distribution platforms like social media and search engines.

 

Who We’re Looking For

 

The ideal candidate will have 2-4 years working in a digital news environment and a strong knowledge of social media platforms and at least some familiarity with data analytics. We need somebody who can write with voice while exercising strong news judgment and creativity in finding ways to make a story resonate with people — whether they’re seeing it in their social media feeds, in their inbox or on our site. This role’s primary focus is on growing The Inquirer’s digital audience through the distribution of our journalism and building a deeper relationship with the Greater Philadelphia region.

  • Prior experience publishing on branded social media accounts is a must, as is the ability to write with accuracy, proper grammar and an engaging tone.
  • At least some experience working with visual tools such as Photoshop, Canva, iMovie, etc, is preferred.
  • Ability and interest in being able to understand not just what content performs well and resonates with people, but why it does so. Previous experience with digital analytics tools such as Google Analytics, Parsely, or ChartBeat.
  •  Ability to adapt as the news cycle demands and be able to work quickly and effectively in breaking news situations.
  • Someone who is eager to learn new things, and who is organized, will succeed in this role.

 

Lenfest Fellowship – Spotlight PA Reporter (Harrisburg, PA)

Job Summary

This is a two-year fellowship sponsored by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

This position will provide an emerging journalist the opportunity to cover Pennsylvania’s statehouse and help build and grow a new, statewide investigative newsroom being formed in Harrisburg. This fellowship will enable a journalist of color to learn and work side by side with Spotlight PA’s team of experienced investigative and data journalists and will be tasked with covering major news out of the capitol, especially those issues that matter to the lives of traditionally under-served and under-represented audiences across the state.

The fellow will gain experience in approaching the statehouse beat from an accountability perspective, including building sources, requesting and obtaining public records and executing sensitive stories that hold power to account. In addition, the fellow will learn how data and data analysis can take a good investigation and make it great, as well as how to use social media to both report a story and build audience after it’s published. The fellow will bring a unique — and desperately needed — perspective to coverage of the state government and the people it is supposed to serve.

In addition to the assignment as a journalist, the fellow will be an integral part of the creative power behind this new startup. Additional tasks could include pitching an event to an under-served area of the state, coordinating new partnerships with non-traditional media or creating strategies to grow a younger audience. The position would be based in Harrisburg and would report to the editor in chief.

What You’ll Do

  • Always report fairly, accurately and thoroughly
  • Ensure reporting offers a window on the communities we serve, that reflect their spirit, their personalities, their diversity
  • Dig for and gather news and information; synthesize it in strong prose
  • Make use of visual elements to augment storytelling
  • Build subject matter expertise and audience around a topic and cultivate sources
  • Aggregate topical news from other sources and add value
  • Use social media both as a reporting tool and as a venue for promoting work

 

Who We’re Looking For

  • Proficient in digital content management tools
  • Use social media for newsgathering and audience development
  • Basic photo editing skills
  • Comfort with fast-paced incremental storytelling (e.g., social media updates, live blogging)
  • Basic data literacy and analysis skills and ability to build simple charts, graphs, maps with in-house tools
  • Ability to gather, edit and post basic video and audio
  • Ability to work remotely via smartphone or laptop computer
  • Ability to interpret audience analytics to inform newsgathering decisions
  • Understanding of platforms and audiences and ability to compose stories appropriate to the platform of publication (e.g., voice, style, formatting, hyperlinks)
  • Write headlines that sell a story across platforms; basic knowledge of SEO techniques
  • Use accepted newsroom tools for planning, authoring, communicating, etc.

 

 

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Other Things to Know

  • Competitive salary and benefits package including 401k, onsite fitness center, free coffee and more!
  • We know not everyone reading this will fit exactly what we’ve described. We encourage everyone to apply who shares our passion for indispensable journalism and our drive to create a sustainable business model to support it. As an equal opportunity employer, The Inquirer is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture, and we especially encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with special needs.

The Philadelphia Inquirer is a public benefit corporation owned by the nonprofit Lenfest Institute for Journalism. Together, we’re at the center of a critical mission to create a lasting future for ambitious, engaging, and useful local journalism. We’re doing this, in part, by deepening our connection with the communities we serve. Our integrated digital and print platforms are the Philadelphia region’s largest media network. We’re passionate about building a sustainable model for indispensable local journalism, and we take pride in finding diverse, dynamic, and talented individuals to help push our team forward.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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