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.


  • 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 Spain

Madrid, Spain is an independent digital newspaper pioneer in providing high quality content and with an innovative business model aiming to reconnect society with journalism. Started in the middle of the financial crisis, in September 2012, with no big investors or corporations backing it, has developed a community-based journalism model reaching mainstream audiences. More than 70% of the company is owned by people working in the newsroom. has positioned itself amongst the top 10 most read newspapers in Spain.

Its membership programme represents 33% of its income; today more than 35.000 members support

As a fellow you will contribute to build and develop our business intelligence tool and machine learning model using an agile software development methodology. You will work closely with our product-, development-, marketing- and analytics team. You will help us define algorithms and data science models to help driving growth and improving readers engagement, propensity to subscription and members retention rates. You will perform advanced analytics and data mining to help us understand our reader's behaviours. You will participate in the development of propensity models to help us make informed choices that influence content, products and our relationship with the audience.

We will value experience in working with large, complex data sets from data processing to using mathematical and statistics techniques to build a predictive model. We will value knowledge of Python, R, Java, SQL, etc. We will value experience with data mining and machine learning techniques. We will value knowledge of business intelligence tools: Power BI, Tableau, Qlik, Domo, Data Studio, etc.

When: September - October 2020

Madrid, Spain


Newtral is a startup founded in October 2017 with fact-checking as its core business. Currently, +70 people work at Newtral researching new ways of producing and distributing data-driven journalism in the digital era. We aim to make data journalism accessible to everyone and to restore public confidence in politics and media.

The fellow will work with a young experienced team improving our capacity to factcheck and debunk, not only from a technical condition but in the way we approach new audiences.

We are looking for someone who has a background in journalism or related studies, including political science, sociology or economy. Our Fellow feels comfortable working in a team and needs to speak Spanish fluently. English and French proficiency, interest or expertise in data journalism and a strong affinity for transparency, politics and policies would be desirable.

When: Flexible

Barcelona, Spain

Diari Ara

Diari Ara is a multimedia platform for disseminating informative content. Our main task is independent journalism and creating quality content that is worth paying for and that is useful for society and for our reader. We have a commitment to the print edition and to the digital product, with a focus on new formats and multimedia and interactive special projects.

The Fellow will work at the intersection between journalism and design, as a member of the new formats and interactives team, an interdisciplinary group with journalists, designers and developers, tasked with creating visual content in different formats on a daily basis and also ambitious multimedia and interactive special projects.

We are looking for a journalist with a strong interest, and ideally some training or experience, in visual storytelling or design, or a designer with a strong interest, and ideally some training or experience, in journalism or writing. Someone with an interest in the two areas and who feels comfortable working at the intersection of these two areas.

We are open to candidates without a traditional journalism or a graphic design degree. Someone who studied interactive communication, audiovisual communication, communication and cultural industries, multimedia, editorial design, advertising design, design and communication, data visualization, web design, etc.

The Fellow should have a proactive attitude and the ability to have original ideas and execute them. Sometimes autonomously, using the necessary tools, and sometimes working together with developers. A good level of written Catalan is a requirement for someone stronger in the journalism area but not necessarily for someone stronger in the design area.

When: June-July or September-October 2020

Madrid, Spain

El País

EL PAÍS is the top-ranking Spanish media outlet, with more than 65 million readers across all its editions. Founded in 1976, it sets the gold standard for news, independence and innovation. The newspaper can be consulted in a wide range of formats and narrative styles: from text to virtual reality, and from video to interactive graphics. It has 2 million followers across the main social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube) and the average number of video views is 78 million monthly.

EL PAÍS is also one of the most influential online media in the Spanish-speaking world, with 56.6 million unique users per month worldwide.

More details on the placement TBA.

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