Czech Republic

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 and recent graduates 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, 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

Our fellows are offered an 8-week work placement between June and October 2020 in one of the 50 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 in Europe. 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.

*Please be aware that we are still adding the last few news organisations to the scheme.

How to apply?

You may only submit one application to the newsroom* offering the placement that better fits your interests and experience. If you wish, you are also able to indicate a second and third newsroom of preference, should your main application not be selected.

Please note that you may apply in the country in which you’re currently studying or where you are from. In order to submit your application, please fill out this form. Each news organisations is in charge of reviewing and selecting their GNI Fellow.

Make sure to check our FAQ page to see if you are eligible to apply.

*Applications can be submitted in English or in the language of the newsroom of choice.

Timeline

  • 30 March 2020: Deadline to apply (CET/CEST, midday Brussels time)
  • April-May 2020: Successful applicants are notified
  • 29-30 May 2020: Fellows take part in the Bootcamp in Brussels
  • Between June and October 2020: Fellows 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 Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Samizdat.cz / Czech Radio

We are a team of four journalists/analysts/coders. We have been working together since 2012. We try to get hold of all kinds of data that might be of public interest – frequently using freedom of information requests. We then try to spot trends and connections that would otherwise remain hidden. Based on the data, we produce articles and visualisations: maps, charts and apps. See https://data.irozhlas.cz or https://twitter.com/DataRozhla... for some examples. We work closely with Czech Radio's news website, with its radio stations and with the investigative reporting unit.

The fellow would be engaged in our ongoing projects and is also expected to come up with their own story ideas. We will do our best to help them develop those into engaging and meaningful content. Their tasks would be for example to obtain a dataset by scraping a website, to clean and reshape data into more usable form, to come up with possible interpretations of data, to consult and interview experts, to suggest a method for statistical analysis, a viable form of visualisation for the data at hand, to proceed with those and to write up their findings. We will offer our help and suggestions throughout the process.

The fellow should be a curious, patient person interested in how things work under the surface and with a passion to share with the world what they have found out.

We would prefer someone who is not afraid of working on the command line, has a basic knowledge of statistics, has some experience with data analysis (we use mostly Python and R, but are open to any tools that do the job) and has an idea what HTML/CSS/JavaScript is and how to use it.

Also important: Don't worry if you don't speak Czech!

When: Between August and October 2020

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