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

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.


  • 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 Austria, Germany and Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Neue Zürcher Zeitung is a leading media brand in German-speaking Europe and stands for high-quality journalism with a liberal attitude since 1780.

The company believes in collaborative development of new digital journalism products and services, driven by new technologies and the mission to deliver an excellent information experience to its subscribers.

Together with journalists, technologists, product specialists and marketeers, the fellow will work on further developing new and existing personalized news experiences for mobile devices.

The fellow should be passionate about journalism, mobile experiences and personalisation. The fellow can expect to be part of an inclusive, fun and dynamic work environment.

Schwarzach, Austria


Russmedia is the most progressive multi-niche media company in Europe. Daily and weekly newspapers, numerous online portals, printing, logistics, radio and IT-services are all under one roof at the main location in Schwarzach, Austria. We focus on the clearly defined segments of markets. We closely observe developments around the world to identify big changes at the earliest possible. The ability to implement new concepts with speed is key: it’s not always the best one who wins, but the quickest. An entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to take action are what have made Russmedia a success.

At Russmedia Digital, our fellow is involved in the software development of digital products. New exciting projects are developed on a daily basis in a young and dynamic environment. The fellow can dig into website programming as well as in-app development. Our developers work with modern programming languages such as PHP, JavaScript or CSS.

Basic experience in programming languages would be an advantage. The fellow receives challenging and varied tasks, varying from the conception to the release of new websites and apps. The fellow is integrated into the planning and works on the design of the products and their implementation. Furthermore, the fellow will be included in stakeholder communication and develop features. In addition, the test and quality management of existing products of Russmedia Digital and the various international clients will play a role in the fellow’s area of responsibility. In one of the most innovative industries, Russmedia Digital offers the fellow a modern workplace and varied activities.

The fellow should have a background in programming languages, conception and design of digital products and have an affinity with data.

Vienna, Austria

Der Standard

DER STANDARD is Austria’s leading privately-owned quality news website. Our large community is very active (up to 40,000 postings per day) and keen on debating topics of any kind. DER STANDARD is independent of political parties, institutions and lobbies, and addresses all readers with a high demand for a thorough and comprehensive coverage and profound op-eds.

Our fellow will support a three-person team of data and interactive journalists in our newsroom. As a part of this team he or she will raise themes, create concepts and realise articles. The pieces can range from a convincing single chart with a simple caption to elaborated storytelling formats. Topics can comprise every aspect of public life from politics and economics to demographics, or even arts, lifestyle, and sports.

The fellow should be able to either support us in the scope of data analysis (locating significant trends in databases and interpreting statistics appropriately) or in the development of interactive and/or data visualisations (with the help of programming and markup languages such as JavaScript, HTML and CSS or graphics software such as Adobe Illustrator respectively). Examples of our previous work can be found at derStandard.at/Daten.

The ideal candidate should be fluent in German and English, and have a knowledge of coding and web development, experience in data analysis and visualization – and a lot or curiosity.

Graz, Austria

Kleine Zeitung

Kleine Zeitung is a regional news publisher in Austria. It’s the second largest newspaper and one of the top 5 news portals in Austria. The aim of Kleine Zeitung is to provide the customers with quality independent journalism, regional content and great user experience. One of the challenges the company is facing is how to develop a sustainable, digital business model.

The fellow will support the shift of focus in our newsroom from reach-only towards user engagement as users with high engagement are likely to become digital subscribers. He or she will work with an interdisciplinary team in building up the foundation for the development of audience engagement in the Kleine Zeitung newsroom. The foundation will include the development of new storytelling formats, interpretation of data, editorial KPIs etc.

The fellow should have experience with and/or interest in journalism, a love for data and basic software development skills.

Hamburg, Germany

Spiegel Online

SPIEGEL ONLINE is the leading news site on the German-speaking internet: fast, up-to-date, precise, profound and entertaining. SPON went online in 1994 - as the world's first news magazine on the Internet. The 160-strong editorial team, which has won many journalism awards, delivers current news, in-depth analyses, multimedia reports and opinion-forming commentaries around the clock - on the web, on smartphones, smart speakers and in the future certainly also on many other devices. The editorial staff works in Hamburg and Berlin.

We are looking for creative minds who care about shaping the journalism of tomorrow. Our team develops new products and services for the publication and distribution of SPIEGEL content via existing and new channels. We work closely with the editorial departments, the analytics team, product management and innovation management – depending on the nature of the project and the challenges to be tackled. If you join our team as a fellow, you will work together with us on editorial innovation projects, independently driving forward parts of them and supervising the necessary collaboration with internal and external partners.

Ideally, our Fellow has a background in journalism and a strong affinity for product development – or vice versa. She or he develops and evaluates new ideas from the user's point of view, enjoys questioning established patterns and likes to work with design thinking methods. Our fellow should have a strong technical understanding and enthusiasm for both structured processes and creative solutions.

Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Making quality journalism available anytime, anywhere in the world: That's what FAZ.NET stands for. FAZ.NET keeps its readers up-to-date about the most important events of the day quickly, soundly and reliably around the clock – on PCs, notebooks, mobile devices and social media channels. In addition to current news, FAZ.NET offers a unique background coverage, smart comments and thorough analysis.

We are curious about original and clever storytelling formats, which is why our fellow will work on the development of data journalism stories. He or she should be able to produce a story, from its initial idea to the finished product, with interesting data visualisation.

Programming skills and a sense of good and meaningful design are very welcome. German as first language.

Berlin, Germany

Zeit Online

ZEIT ONLINE is a leading quality news website in Germany, reaching more than 12 million unique users per month. We publish news, analysis and opinion pieces, using storytelling formats such as video, podcast, photography, interactive graphics and reader debates. We also run the international project "My Country Talks".

As a fellow at ZEIT ONLINE, you will work on various visual storytelling projects that include data visualisation and interactive graphics. You will be part of our Interactives team, working in close collaboration with our data scientists, designers, developers and reporters. You will be a full member of our newsroom, taking part in all meetings and conferences. At the end of your fellowship, you will have a good understanding of how ZEIT ONLINE works on a day-to-day basis.

We will value skills in UI/UX design, front-end or back-end coding, data analysis. Ideally with a good command of German language.

Hamburg, Germany


We are STERN Digital, the online website of the weekly title STERN. Our content can be found on all digital channels and platforms. We reach millions of people each month and are one of the largest providers of journalistic content in the German-speaking network.

Journalism is our passion. Our topics and formats are as varied as the lives of our readers. We make news and its effects comprehensible and we offer our users a reliable orientation in the diversity of world affairs. We captivate our readers with moving pictures and strong emotions and facilitate their lives through service pieces and understandable analyzes.

You are part of an expert team from day one and support us in the implementation of interactive storytelling formats and data visualisation. One of the goals of your fellowship will be to create a relevant journalistic project that will inspire our readers. The fellow implements this project in cooperation with an experienced editor.

You have already gained some practical experience in journalism and have a feel for topics and stories that interest readers. As a data journalist, you should have knowledge of relevant tools as well as HTML, CSS, and optionally JavaScript. Experience with programmes like D3.js or Python is desirable, but not mandatory.

Düsseldorf, Germany

Rheinische Post

Rheinische Post is one of the leading newspapers in Germany. RP ONLINE is one of the most visited news websites in Germany. At the moment, we're working on a project for robotic journalism. We're first looking into data and algorithms to create automated text. We're looking forward to making further progress on it and develop this highly innovative sector.

The fellow would be part of our Data team and would be able to set up his/her own project for automated text. This includes topic and data research, a workshop for our automated text-CMS, and working and developing the CMS-algorithms to get quality text.

Since we're working on creating text of publishable quality out of data, and we’re trying to teach robots to understand and analyse written text, any kind of linguistic skills and computer-language skills (such as html5, rect, js) would be useful.

Berlin, Germany


Der Tagesspiegel is the daily newspaper with the highest circulation in Berlin, both in print and online. Our mission is to provide the best in-depth coverage of both political and local developments in the German capital. With the recently established "Tagesspiegel Innovation Lab“ we try to shape the forms of storytelling of tomorrow today. We have a strong focus on participatory crowd investigation, data-driven reporting, and the development of appealing forms of storytelling for online readers.

We are looking for a fellow with strong design skills and experience in data visualisation or web-design.

Düsseldorf, Germany


Handelsblatt is the largest German-language business and finance newspaper. Around 200 editors, correspondents and permanent staff around the globe provide up-to-date, comprehensive and critical-analytical news. The business and finance paper, which appears each trading day, is essential reading for decision-makers in the first and second levels of management. According to Germany’s premier reader analysis LAE 2018, Handelsblatt reaches more than 305,000 decision-makers each trading day.

We are looking for a candidate who has some experience in data journalism to work on an individual project with rich data visualisation. The topic of choice is open for debate. We will provide support from our editorial, graphics, and coding staff to tell an insightful journalistic story based on data.

Journalistic experience, some HTML, CSS and data knowledge are desirable.

Berlin, Germany

Berliner Verlag

The Berliner Verlag with its brands Berliner Zeitung and Berliner Kurier is part of DuMont Mediengruppe, one of the largest and oldest German publishing houses in Germany. Currently, the Berliner Verlag is building up one of the most modern newsrooms in Europe to deliver the highest journalistic quality and is investing in new processes and technologies.

The fellow will work in our Newsroom in the center of Berlin. He or she will develop a local journalism project together with our online journalists and web designers.

We're looking for someone interested in/having experience with local journalism, data and technology.


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