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 Ireland

Dublin, Ireland

A disruptive force in the Irish digital media landscape when it was founded in 2010, is now the most-read online news publication in Ireland. The site combines breaking news with in-depth reporting which explains and gives context to the big news stories of the day. Our goal is to provide trusted, useful, agenda-setting news to a mobile-first audience.'s FactCheck is the first and only dedicated fact-checking project in Ireland. At a time when disinformation and false news have become part of the media landscape, FactCheck plays a key role in debunking false and misleading information in Irish society, from claims made by public figures to hoaxes and viral content. The project is affiliated to the main international network of fact-checkers and also works with Facebook in debunking false news stories being shared on its platform.

The successful fellow will work with editors and reporters in the newsroom in researching, writing and publishing fact-checks. They will be fully trained in how to carry out fact-checks, how to use the CMS, how to use Facebook and Twitter to distribute fact-checks, and other skills associated with working in a fast-paced online newsroom.

The fellow will be expected to research options for potential fact-checks, analyse and verify information, and write and publish fact-checks which meet the standards set by and the International Fact-Checking Network.

Dublin, Ireland

Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)

We are looking for a bright, self-starting candidate with broad interests above and beyond hard news, with a good, clean journalistic style. Someone who can articulate complex ideas in a comprehensible and easily digestible fashion, for a broad audience. You need to be able to work with fast deadlines and demonstrate the ability to distil complexity.

Our fellow will work with the Brainstorm Initiative, which encompasses content across all our pillars - news, sport, business, entertainment, lifestyle, culture and Gaeilge. Primarily, the fellow will work on the news agenda of the day. They will engage with our academic partners to create reactive comment and analysis pieces with a quick turn-around that will go alongside our extensive news output.

Fact-checking, verification and attention to detail are essential. As this role will follow the news agenda, they may be expected to work outside of normal working hours when the news agenda requires it.

Fact-checking, verification, attention to detail. Clear crisp writing style. Ability to articulate and distil complex ideas. To understand the jargon and translate for a broad audience.

Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)


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