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 Poland

Warsaw, Poland

Gazeta Wyborcza

First published in spring 1989, Gazeta Wyborcza is one of the leading newspapers in Poland and the largest Polish opinion daily. It is an invaluable source of information for its readers and an important platform for public debate. Recently the paper has embarked on an ambitious digital expansion project and is remarkable for its continuous development in terms of quality journalism and international media projects.

Gazeta Wyborcza was the first newsroom in Poland to launch its own data operation in 2014. Today we have a team of seven people with various skills - digital cartography, data mining and analysis, coding and graphic design. This team develops stories for their websites (BIQdata.pl and Sonar.wyborcza.pl) and supports other desks in the newsroom.

We would like to invite the Fellow to become a temporary member of our Data Journalism Team, working with us on data-driven materials about European subjects with our partners (Le Soir, Le Figaro, El Pais) on a daily basis. We expect the Fellow to blend in and support us in putting ideas into production. Data mining and data cleaning will be the main areas of the Fellow's responsibility.

Essential: a background in journalism; data collection, data mining and data analysis; an interest in international comparative research; good level of English.
Desirable: an interest in European politics; basic data visualisation skills and basic coding skills.

Gazeta Wyborcza


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