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Investigative Reporting Fellow -- Graduate School of Journalism
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Mar. 6, 2020
Title Investigative Reporting Fellow -- Graduate School of Journalism
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline 5/8/2020
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Journalism

Investigative Reporting Fellow -- Graduate School of Journalism

Investigative Reporting Fellow - Graduate School of Journalism Associate Specialist/Specialist -- UC Berkeley

Departmental Overview:
To help develop a new generation of investigative reporters in an era of cutbacks at major news organizations, the Investigative Reporting Program at the Graduate School of Journalism established the Investigative Reporting Fellowship. The Graduate School of Journalism is hiring two to three (2- 3) full-time fellows in investigative reporting. These positions are designed to enable select journalists with a proven ability to tell complex stories in the public interest to pursue a story for one year by providing them with a salary, benefits, office space and editorial guidance, the assistance of graduate student researchers and up to 10,000 for approved expenses. Read about past Investigative Reporting Fellows at:

Investigative Reporting Fellows must demonstrate a record of substantial experience in investigative reporting, be it in writing, producing, or editing, and will be expected to develop their proposed project to the point of funding or publishing. Their responsibilities may include (but are not limited to): conducting research, managing data, writing, video or audio production, editing, fact checking, mentoring journalism students and working collaboratively with others. Investigative Reporters will meet regularly with the IRP's leadership.

The Program is open to all working investigative journalists, with preference given to those with a master's degree or equivalent in journalism from UC Berkeley or a similar program.

This is a one-year full-time academic appointment expected to begin on September 1, 2020. Associates are expected to refrain from outside journalistic projects and to use the Berkeley offices as their base of operations for the duration of the the Program.

Minimum Basic Qualification (at time of application):
A bachelor's degree or equivalent international degree

Additional Qualifications (at time of hire):
A master's degree or equivalent international degree plus three to five years of professional experience in journalism OR a bachelor's degree or equivalent international degree plus five to ten years of professional experience in journalism

Preferred Qualifications:
Demonstrated success in reporting on complex subjects in the public interest. Proven production abilities, including editorial skills, technical ability and organizational skills. Successful application of research techniques, such as interviewing, public record searches, etc.

Candidates will be selected based on qualifications, the potential impact of their proposed project and likelihood of success in completing the project within a year. We seek diversity in experience, ideas and background.

UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package, as well as a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family.
To Apply:
Complete an application at: All applications must include:
  • Cover letter
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Project proposal, including reporting strategy and summary of media coverage of the subject.
  • Electronic copies of three work samples (i.e., links to video or radio samples and PDF's - (not links of print/online stories)
  • Contact information for three references. The position will remain open until filled.

If you have questions about this position, please contact Mila MacBain at

Project proposals should be limited to three pages and may include print, online,
audio and/or video components. Prior to submitting a proposal, it is required that all previous information in the subject area be researched. Please identify specifically how the proposed project differs from its predecessors. If the subject area has not been reported on, please include this in the proposal (i.e an exhaustive search of Lexis-Nexis and other databases reveals very
little has been reported in this area). Please check for print, online and audio/video coverage of the proposed subject area in the last five years.
Proposals submitted in previous years' competitions will not be accepted.

Letters of reference will only be solicited for finalists. All letters will be treated as
confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center) to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

Salary & Benefits:
The payroll title for this position is Associate Specialist to Full Specialist. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience as determined in accordance with UC policy.

This appointment is eligible for full UC benefits. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California discrimination, harassment, and affirmative action in the workplace policy see:

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