Belgium

Are you excited about the opportunities that technology brings to the newsroom? Do you want to explore new storytelling formats, use data to uncover relevant stories or create engaging and inspiring content?

The GNI Fellowship offers paid summer placements to journalism, technology or design students who want to gain valuable work experience and build lifelong contacts. This is a unique opportunity that can allow you to kick-start a career in the news industry.

Fellows will be able to learn from experts and connect with other students from across Europe. Depending on the needs of each newsroom, our fellows will research and write stories, contribute to open source data projects, create visuals and interactives, and look into data to accurately frame public debate.

The European Journalism Centre is delivering the GNI Fellowship in the EU and Google News Initiative is funding the programme. Our mission is to develop the next generation of European journalists working to inform, engage, and inspire audiences.

The programme

The application period for the 2019 Google News Initiative Fellowship in Europe is now closed.

Our fellows are offered an 8-week placement between June and September 2019 in one of the 40 participating newsrooms in Europe. They will also attend a unique one-day Bootcamp in Brussels before joining their newsrooms to learn new skills and connect with the other fellows. Travel and accommodation for the Bootcamp will be covered and arranged by the European Journalism Centre.

The European Journalism Centre will also be available for guidance and any issues or questions that may come up during the fellowship. To help cover expenses during the placement, fellows will receive up to €5,000 remuneration from their host organisation. The exact amount will be at the discretion of each news organisation.

How to apply?

You may select one newsroom* in the country in which you’re currently studying. You can submit your application by filling out this form. The news organisations are in charge of reviewing and selecting their fellow.

Check our FAQ page to see if you are eligible to apply.

*Please note that applications can be submitted in English or in the language of the newsroom of choice.

Timeline

[Currently not accepting applications]

  • 1 April 2019: Deadline to apply (CET/CEST, midday Brussels time)
  • April-May 2019: Successful applicants are notified
  • 7-8 June 2019: Fellows take part in a one-day Bootcamp in Brussels
  • Between June and September 2019: Students work at their host news organisations

Which candidates are likely to be selected?

You're excited about journalism, especially data-driven journalism, emerging technologies, and/or new forms of storytelling. You think analytically and have a knack for research and writing. You're able to work quickly, smartly, and resourcefully.

Each news organisation indicates what skillset and background they require for the fellow. Some may prefer candidates who have experience with a web programming language like HTML or Javascript, others may prefer a candidate with social media publishing experience. All news organisations will be looking for people who are passionate about reporting and the role that technology can play in the pursuit of the craft.

Newsrooms for Belgium

Brussels, Belgium

Le Soir

"Le Soir" (Rossel) is the most popular quality Francophone newspaper in Belgium. It has always defended its editorial independence and is internationally recognised. Le Soir is part of the Rossel-Voix du Nord group (with more than 1,000 journalists in total) of which it was the founding title in 1887.

Our content is available on all digital media. For over twenty years, our free-to-access website is one of the most visited news sites in our community. Since 2015, we also offer a paid-for platform (LeSoir+) whose audience is constantly growing.

Our newsroom has more than 100 journalists and collaborates with more than 150 correspondents in Belgium and around the world. It is one of the largest newsrooms in French-speaking Belgium.

We are looking for a creative fellow who masters the new forms of storytelling (videos, interactive infographics etc.), mainly on social networks - to recruit new audiences.

Candidates should have excellent journalistic background, great interest in news, technical mastery and... new ideas.

Le Soir

Brussels, Belgium

De Standaard

De Standaard is Flanders' leading quality news brand. It’s the newspaper of reference on political, social and cultural topics with 104.000 paid subscribers and a website with more than 350.000 unique visitors per day. As the brand name suggests, De Standaard aims to bring journalism with a high-quality standard; be it in investigative journalism, photography or the service content that is published.

You will be part of the team that works on digital storytelling. You’ll propose stories to work on, or work on a topic proposed to you. You know there’s more to a story than just text and photo: sometimes an interactive, a timeline or a map can make the news easier to grasp. You do research, propose new story angles, write text, find pictures, create interactives or visuals.

You are a news junkie. You’re good at (Dutch) writing. You don’t need to be a developer, but some basic technical skills are an asset. You can work thoroughly and independently but communicate well with your colleagues. You think outside the box, you see the different angles of a story, you dig beyond the obvious questions, and you come up with creative ways to bring the story to the user.

De Standaard

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