Take your journalism skills to the next level and deepen your
understanding of environmental issues by applying for the 2022-2023
Ted Scripps Fellowships in Environmental Journalism. Five accepted
candidates will audit courses, participate in field trips and
weekly seminars, and work on a significant project. These positions
are offered by the Center for Environmental Journalism, part of the
College of Media, Communication and Information at the University
of Colorado Boulder.
The fellowship is open to full-time journalists working in any
medium who are interested in deepening and broadening their
knowledge of environmental issues. It is aimed at outstanding
journalists committed to a career in professional journalism.
Employment begins at the start of the Fall 2022 semester and runs
for nine months through the end of the Spring 2023 semester. All
university breaks and holidays will be observed.
Please note: Fellowship activities may need to be modified
depending on the status of the coronavirus pandemic.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a
culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students
dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We
are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and
individuals with disabilities.
Who We Are
The Center for Environmental Journalism (CEJ) was established in
1992 at the University of Colorado Boulder to enrich public
understanding of environmental issues by elevating the quality,
range, and depth of coverage by journalists. The center does this
by helping journalists enhance their knowledge of the scientific,
economic, political, and social aspects of these issues.
Established in 2015, the College of Media, Communication and
Information (CMCI) is at the forefront of the revolution in
communication and digital technology. CMCI prides itself on
offering students an interdisciplinary education with a focus on
innovation and creativity. Our students and faculty from six
departments and an independent PhD program think across boundaries,
innovate around emerging problems and create culture that
What You Should Know
This position is a 45% appointment and is eligible for paid sick
leave only (it is not eligible for medical, dental, retirement, or
tuition assistance benefits).
We welcome applications from international applicants. Please note
that prior to applying, all applicants must be authorized to work
in the United States in order to be eligible for this
All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply
campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement
. New employees must
provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious
exemption within 30 days of employment.
What We Can Offer
The program provides a $71,000 stipend. It also covers tuition and
fees, and attendance at the annual SEJ and NASW conferences. While
we cannot offer the same benefits offered by the university, we can
offer paid sick leave and bus passes for use locally and
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits
, including medical, dental,
retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The
University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in
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What We Require
Applicants must have a minimum of five years full-time professional
journalism experience and must also have a BA or BS college degree,
at minimum. Applicants may include reporters, editors, producers,
photojournalists, documentarians, and feature writers. Both
salaried staff and full-time freelancers are welcome to apply.
Prior experience in covering the environment is not required.
All applications and attachments must be submitted online through
the CU Boulder Jobs
The application deadline is March 1, 2022.
Below are the specific components required for a complete
application to the Ted Scripps Fellowships in Environmental
: Upload a résumé in PDF format which includes
your education, work history as a professional journalist, and
journalism awards/honors you’ve received (with the year awarded).
In addition to the dates that you held each position, briefly
describe your duties.
2. Cover Letter/Professional Autobiography
: Please upload a
PDF document addressing the following questions. In this essay,
please do not duplicate your proposed study plan & project
proposal. Please limit this to a maximum of 1,250 words.
- Why you are interested in the fellowship and why you are the
best candidate. Describe your career as a journalist and the values
that have shaped your work. In your answer, address these
- What are your most noteworthy achievements?
- Why are you interested in covering environmental issues, and
how would a Ted Scripps Fellowship benefit you?
- Freelancers: At the end of your Professional Autobiography,
please list the jobs you’ve completed in the last 12 months, and
for whom, along with a few words about what you did. If your
clients are not widely known, briefly explain who they are.
3. Study Plan & Project Proposal
: Please upload a
explaining what you would like to study while
on the fellowship, including the academic areas you propose to
concentrate in, and some of the courses you might like to
In addition to this study plan, describe a significant journalistic
project that you would like to work on to provide focus for the
fellowship year. This project could be a finished work, such as a
newspaper series or a major magazine article, or it could lay the
foundation for an even larger work, such as a book, documentary, or
series of radio broadcasts.
4. Professional Work Samples
: A minimum of three
professional work samples are required. Please note: all
requested work samples must be combined and uploaded as one file.
If you have more than three samples or the file size is large
(10MB+), please include a link to your samples instead of
You will upload your work samples file (PDF,
JPEG, or MP4, etc.) with your application. Links to online samples
will also be accepted. There are different ways to provide work
samples depending on the kinds of samples you would like us to
consider; these can be a combination of sample types but should not
exceed a total of ten samples. The specifics are noted in the
detailed instructions below.
Samples may include:
- Articles: Maximum of five. Please note that we
prefer PDF versions of your article samples . In each case, the
date and publication venue must be clear.
- Provide PDF versions of the visual work you would like
us to consider. Also provide a brief description (a couple of
sentences is sufficient) of each of the images, along with the date
of publication and where each one was published.
- If you have a portfolio site featuring your images, you could
upload a document that includes the URL, as well as instructions on
what you would like us to look at. Also include in the document a
brief description of each image, including where and when it was
- Broadcast: Maximum one hour of samples.
- Provide one document with links to the specific
broadcast segments you would like us to consider, along with the
dates they were broadcast, and a listing of the outlets. This
document must be added to the one file along with your other
samples of work.
5. Contact information for three references will be collected by
our system during the application process. References may receive
an email request to provide a confidential letter of recommendation
and will be given ample time to provide these letters once
contacted. One letter should be from your immediate supervisor or,
for freelancers, from an editor who has worked closely with you.
Note that you do not need to provide a letter of recommendation
with your application, only contact information is initially
For more information on the application requirements, and
fellowship information, visit the CEJ website
All other job-related inquiries should be directed to the contact
for this position: Center for Environmental Journalism at email@example.com
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