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.


[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 France

Nice, France


Nice-Matin is a regional daily newspaper, which is available both in print and online. Our online offer for subscribers is focused on "impact journalism" to increase audience engagement. The fellow will be part of our Nice-Matin #Solutions journalism team in Nice.

As a fellow, you will work on multimedia stories, including reporting, creating data visualisations and producing video.

The successful candidate should be a student from a Journalism School or an Institut Universitaire de Technologie. She/he will have a strong interest in topics such as society, education, environment, and healthcare issues. The fellow will also take pictures and shoot video to illustrate the stories which will be published on


Clermont-Ferrand, France

La Montagne

Centre France is a French local media group with 8 daily newspapers and 10 weekly magazines that cover 1/5 of the French territory. Our newsroom counts +500 journalists who work across the digital and print editions. Our mission is to be a link between all the people who are living in our area.

As we focus on audience engagement, the fellow will help us with new narrative formats and writing skills that contribute to developing interaction with our readers.

The successful candidate should have knowledge about community management and empathy skills.

La Montagne

Rennes, France


Ouest-France is the leading newspaper in France with 700,000 paper copies, and 90 million online hits. It’s a daily newspaper offering local and national news. It has 47 editions covering news in different regions: Brittany, Lower Normandy and Pays de la Loire. Its headquarters are located in Rennes.

We’re looking for a digital editor, a student who is interested in new forms of storytelling and social media. Someone with good tech skills, who is creative and innovative.


Boulogne-Billancourt, France is part of TF1 Group. Our newsroom is made up of about thirty journalists and is divided into two departments: a news division in charge of covering hard news and a features department working on subjects related to the daily life of French people. Both departments use various types of storytelling - written and video. This is to provide an editorial offer that fits today's news consumption habits.

We would like our fellow to help the news department better analyse current events by verifying and debunking information. The candidate must be on top of current news events. We’re looking for someone with an open mind who enjoys questioning the news. We would like our fellow to give us a fresh perspective on news consumption patterns and to produce work in appropriate storytelling formats. Video editing skills and knowledge of data visualisation software would be key assets. The candidate must have a team spirit and be agile enough to work in a digital newsroom.

Paris, France

Les Echos

Les Echos is France's leading business newspaper, also available online and on mobile. The topics covered by the editorial team range from macro economics to business, as well as French and international politics. The paid distribution of Les Echos has been successful for several years, thanks in particular to the increase in digital subscriptions, which are at the heart of the newspaper's strategy.

The fellow will join the digital newsroom of Les Echos to work on data-journalism topics related to economics and politics. For example, data about health, intaxe or real estate.

The fellow must have knowledge of and a keen interest in economics, and be interested and have at least basic knowledge of data-journalism.

The candidate must confirm in his or her cover letter that he or she has a ‘convention de stage’.

Les Echos

Paris, France

Agence France-Presse (AFP)

AFP is a global news agency delivering fast, accurate, in-depth coverage of the events shaping the world - in text, photos, video and graphics. AFP's 201 bureaus cover 151 countries across the world, with 80 nationalities represented among its 2,296 collaborators.

Our fellow will be part of the fact-checking team in Paris and will work with our worldwide network of fact-checkers. Your stories will be published on and/or on the newswire. You will also focus on new formats to make AFP's fact-checks more visible and viral through search engines and social networks.

We expect our fellow to have strong verification skills and knowledge of the most-common open-source investigation tools (OSINT) like Google Maps or whopostedwhat. You should be fluent in French and English, have strong writing skills and extensive knowledge of social media platforms including Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, and Whatsapp.

Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Paris, France

Les Observateurs de France 24

Les Observateurs de France 24 is a collaborative journalism project based in Paris. Our network of 5,000 amateur contributors around the world help our team of journalists fact-check and verify amateur images on social networks. We present our Observers' first-person accounts on websites in French, English, Arabic and Persian, in video form via social networks, and in a TV show on France 24's global channels

The Fellow will participate in a variety of activities depending on his/her profile and interests: gathering first-person accounts from our Observers; producing text articles and/or short videos; managing social media; working on open-source investigations. In addition, he/she will work on a special project in one of the following areas:

- knowledge of Russian and an interest in fake news and propaganda in Europe

- creative video-editing

- innovative ideas for social networks and messaging apps (especially WhatsApp)

Curiosity. Fluid writing skills in English or French. Knowledge of another language (esp. Russian) is a plus. Video-editing skills and specific social media strengths are a plus too.

Les Observateurs de France 24

Paris, France


Libération is a French daily print/web news organisation, created in 1973.

The fellow will be part of the CheckNews team. This platform was launched to help readers understand the news. It’s a new type of search engine managed by journalists, that allows readers to submit questions. The newsroom will then investigate - fact-check and verify - to answer the reader’s question.

A first experience in fact-checking would be interesting. Fluent French spoken.



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