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California Local News Fellowship - School of Journalism
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Mar. 2, 2023
Title California Local News Fellowship - School of Journalism
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline 03/31/2023
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Faculty Associate
  • Journalism

California Local News Fellowship - School of Journalism

Position overview Position title: California Local News Fellow
Salary range: The UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the following table(s) for the current salary scale(s) for this position: Fellows will receive starting salaries of $60,000-$65,000 and benefits from the University of California

Percent time: Full-time

Anticipated start: September 2023

Position duration: The fellowship will start in early September 2023 and will run for two years, ending in August 2025. There will be a possibility of renewal for a third year in some cases.

Application Window
Open date: March 1, 2023

Next review date: Sunday, Mar 26, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Mar 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The California Local News Fellowship program is a multi-year, state-funded initiative to support and strengthen local news reporting in California.

The fellowship is open to digital, print, video, audio, photo and multimedia journalists. We're looking for candidates with relevant experience as much as formal education. We welcome applications from graduates of two-year, four-year and graduate-level journalism programs as well as people who have not attended journalism education programs but have a high school diploma or GED and at least three years of newsroom experience. Successful applicants will demonstrate core reporting skills, a commitment to a career in journalism, and interest in accountability reporting in underserved communities. The program will place 40 fellows in partner newsrooms throughout the state for two-year, full-time reporting positions beginning in September 2023. Fellows will receive robust training and mentoring from the program to augment their newsroom experience.

The fellowship program will partner with newsrooms throughout the state that are seeking to meet their communities' information needs with original local news coverage. We will prioritize news organizations operating in underserved communities, including for-profit, nonprofit, public media, and community and ethnic media outlets. Partner newsrooms will need to demonstrate commitment to professional journalistic ethics, support diversity and inclusion in their organizations, and practice or aspire to practice accountability journalism. Successful newsroom applicants will articulate a clear plan for the fellow's role and how they will support the fellow editorially and professionally.

Newsrooms and fellows will be selected through an equitable and transparent process, led by the fellowship program staff and advisory board, which represents journalism education and newsroom leaders.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
High school diploma or GED (or equivalent international degree)

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
Applicants must meet one of the following criteria to be considered:

  • High school diploma or GED (or equivalent international degree) plus at least 3 years newsroom experience, OR
  • 2-year associate's degree (or equivalent international degree) plus at least 1 year newsroom experience, OR
  • BA or MA (or equivalent international degree) in journalism with experience in student publications, summer internships or equivalent, OR
  • BA or MA (or equivalent international degree) in a subject other than journalism plus 1 at least year newsroom experience

Preferred qualifications
Ideal candidates will have experience working in local news, either professionally or through a journalism education program, and will submit clips that illustrate a variety of reporting genres and skills. In certain cases, when matching fellows with newsrooms, the ability to report in a language other than English and/or proficiency in specialized journalistic skills (audio, video, data, etc.) will be preferred. California residents will be given preference. and international candidates with authorization to work in the US are eligible to participate.

Application Requirements

Document requirements

  • Resume / CV - Please upload a PDF of your educational and work history, including your journalism experience. This can be a formal resume or a simple list.
  • Tell us about your journalism experience and fellowship preferences. - To complete your submission, you need to also fill out the fellowship application form at Once you've done so, upload a short word document here to confirm that you have completed the form. The document need only state, "I have completed the google form" along with your full name.

Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)

Please provide three references (at least two journalistic)
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Campus Information

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of California, Berkeley 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 nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

In searches when letters of reference are required 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 letter.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs - With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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