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 Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

Dagens Nyheter

Sweden's leading daily and a successful driver in the transformation towards digital reader revenue and strong digital audience engagement.

The fellow will take part in our process of being more data-informed in order to improve the transition towards digital loyalty, based on digital quality. Work, learn and contribute in a truly cross-functional team.

The successful candidate should have some knowledge of statistics, programming, journalism and analytics.

Dagens Nyheter

Stockholm, Sweden


Expressen is a national newspaper present in print, digital and TV – live 24/7. We reach 4.8 million Swedes every week on mobile alone. Expressen is, in addition to being the fastest growing media house, also the Swedish media company leading the development of digital news TV and journalism on social media. At Expressen, you will get exciting, challenging tasks and a chance to work with some of Sweden's sharpest brains in both journalism and tech.

At Expressen, the journalists and developers work side by side, in order to innovate our storytelling together. An approach that has been very successful for our Quickshot team, where this year's fellow will have its base. The team focuses on digital storytelling and consists of journalists, developers, analysts and designers. In recent years, the team's digital solutions have been nominated and won awards in international competitions such as the Webby Award, Lovie Award, European Digital Media Awards, European Newspaper Award and Society for News Design Scandinavia.

You will have the chance to have a say on how to divide your time and to get to work in different parts of the organisation depending on your profile and interests. After your first time in the Quickshot team, you can, among other things, work with our social media team, on the development side or in our editorial analysis team, depending on your background. With us, you get the chance to deepen your specific skills and at the same time broaden your perspectives.

We are happy to receive applications from people with different types of competencies in journalism, analysis or development. You must be curious, motivated and have the confidence to take initiative.



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