Italy

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 July and October 2020* in one of the participating newsrooms* in Europe. They will also attend an online webinar before joining their newsrooms to learn new skills and connect with the other fellows in Europe ahead of their Fellowship. After their placement the Fellows will join a unique one-day Bootcamp* in Brussels. 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.

*The new date of the Bootcamp and a date for the online event will be announced soon.

* Please be aware that news organisations may change the period during which the Fellowship will take place due to the COVID-19 situation.

*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

  • 14 April 2020: Deadline to apply (CET/CEST, midday Brussels time)
  • April-May 2020: Successful applicants are notified
  • June 2020: Online event for the Fellow community
  • Between July and October 2020: Fellows work at their host news organisations
  • [POSTPONED, new date TBA*: Fellows take part in the Bootcamp in Brussels]

*The EJC has been closely monitoring the widening COVID-19 novel coronavirus outbreak. Currently, the European Centre for Disease Control assesses the risk for people in the EU/EEA and UK as moderate.

For these reasons, we decided to postpone the Bootcamp for after Summer and moved the start dates of the earliest placements to July instead of June.

The new date of the Bootcamp and a date for the online event will be announced soon.

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 Italy

Rome, Italy

La Repubblica

La Repubblica is the leading media outlet in the Italian digital news market, with over 3 million unique users per day and over 70,000 digital subscribers. During the last two years, we built a new business model, shifting from an advertising based model to a subscription-based model, with a "freemium" strategy aimed to give our loyal readers a deeper experience in terms of content consumption, products and services. We're still focused on real time news production and distribution, but we added a premium offer with deep-dive topics, analyses, comments, exclusive interviews, longread stories, newsletters, audio and podcasts.

Our fellow will be a journalist willing to develop different skills in terms of content strategy (creation and distribution), working together with journalists, multimedia producers and audience development analysts. He/she will spend part of his/her fellowship period in the central newsroom desk and part in one of our sections' newsrooms, depending on his/her skills and interests and on our needs.

The candidate will have to be familiar with different storytelling formats (writing, audio and video, editing) and newsletters. He/she will also have experience with analytics, social media platforms' engagement and distribution, and Seo strategies. Team working attitude is required.

Fluency in English and coding skills are a plus. We also value candidates familiar with unusual distribution and engagement platforms such as TikTok.

When: June - July 2020

Milan, Italy

Il Post

Il Post is a 10 years old Italian online newspaper, in Italian. Our newsroom employs about 15 people and reaches 400,000 readers daily on average. It gained attention and interest among readers because of its unique priority on accuracy and explanatory journalism, in a news landscape very poor on accuracy like the Italian one. In 2019 we launched a membership plan, without paywall and with premium services and content, that started with satisfying and promising results.

Our fellow will be assigned to our audience and membership engagement team, to analyse data and readers and members behaviour, and will work on planning strategies and offers. The fellowship will allow the fellow to understand this primary and current aspect of editorial business and online news sustainability.

The right candidate should have skills and interest in data, readers behaviour, and tools to manage relationships with readers and members. He/she could be assigned to managing events with readers, too.

Other desired competencies are: Speaking Italian is a de facto necessity to integrate into the newsroom communication and working processes.

When: September - October 2020

Milan, Italy

Il Sole 24 ORE

"Gruppo 24 ORE” is a leading Italian multimedia publishing organisation, operating in the economic, financial, professional, and cultural information sector. The information offering of Il Sole 24 ORE, the leading newspaper in business, financial and regulatory information, is complemented by the Radiocor news agency (leader in Italy in financial information), the www.ilsole24ore.com portal, and Radio 24, the news&talk radio station, on-air since 4 October 1999.

The Fellow will be embedded in Lab24, a multidisciplinary team of journalists, graphics, infographics and developers working on news storytelling, formats and dataviz in digital journalism. https://lab24.ilsole24ore.com/home/

Our ideal candidate will have to be able to interpret large amounts of data that could be useful for publishing content. Because one of the topics we’re working on is the extraction of valuable information - and converting it to simple and understandable information for our users - from big databases. The main interest is in the intersection between journalism and technology.

We have a strong focus on new narratives and new points of interaction through users and information. We are looking for someone who is experienced in digital thinking and can bring forward new ideas and perspectives into the newsroom.

When: Ideally June-July, otherwise September-October 2020

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