Accepted applicants will work 15-18 hours a week from October through December—preferably at our offices in New York City, although there may be an option for remote work. The fellowship will resemble an internship program in that fellows will be paid ($3,000 for the three-month program), but it will share many traits with journalism school: strong mentorship, a cohort or “class,” frequent group exercises, and guest speakers drawn from the top ranks of journalism.
The program will once again be led by Mark Oppenheimer—Tablet senior editor and the coordinator of the Yale Journalism Initiative. Participants will be included in all aspects of the Tablet editorial process, including weekly editorial meetings, where they will be allowed to pitch articles, which in some cases could be assigned to them. There will also be additional weekly sessions run by Mark, with and without guest speakers, where the cohort will discuss aspects of journalism including ethics, the First Amendment, and the history and state of the journalism industry. In addition, each participant will also be paired with a specific writer or editor in a suitable department, such as news, arts, culture, podcasting, marketing, or social media. Responsibilities may include interviewing, fact-checking, web research, data research, reading and summarizing articles and books, and data entry.
Candidates may be from any ethnic or religious background, but must have a strong interest in Tablet’s editorial mission, which is to cover Jewish news, religion, and culture. We welcome participants no matter their political leanings, so long as they believe in fair, skeptical journalism. It helps if they have strong feelings about the Oxford comma.
If interested, send by Aug. 10, to [email protected], a resume; three writing samples (journalism clips if you have them, but they’re not necessary); a cover letter, indicating what kind of work you are most interested in (we would love a graphic design intern, or a marketing intern!); and answers, of no more than 300 words each, to the questions “What does ‘free speech’ mean to you?” “What is good journalism?” and “What Tablet article from the past month could have been vastly improved, and how?” (Tip: In the cover letter, tell us who you really are, not what you think we want to hear.)
From the editors of Tablet Magazine.