The Netherlands

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 The Netherlands

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

de Volkskrant

De Volkskrant works with a data team which tries to identify trends based on data. We work with programming languages like R and Phyton. The fellow will work with data provided by de Volkskrant and will be asked to search for particular trends. We are especially interested in subjects like environment (carbon, energy transition), transportation, traffic and income distribution. These uncovered trends are used to create stories and visualisations. An example of a data-based story can be found here:

de Volkskrant

Hoofddorp (Amsterdam), The Netherlands is the largest news site in the Netherlands. With an average reach of 7 million unique visitors per day, the site makes the best overview of the most important news every day. Fast, clear and unbiased. was founded in 1999. In the early days, we mainly published news from press agencies. Today, we have a full editorial staff with journalists specialised in the field of crime, politics, economy, technology, entertainment and sports. We publish more than two hundred articles and dozens of videos every day.

The fellow that will join our team will be conducting research, doing fact-checking and writing news articles for NUcheckt and possibly some longer feature articles as well.

We are looking for someone with strong communication skills and ideally some journalism experience or at least a thorough understanding of journalistic principles.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands


VICE is a global youth media company with 30+ offices around the planet and helps young people make sense of the world by telling their stories while being a platform for what's important to them. Our stories are reported with an insider's view, by writers and hosts who are often an integral part of their own reporting. Our 16 editorial teams in the EMEA region share relevant local content across countries – from Denmark to Greece, and from the UK to Abu Dhabi.

Based in our Amsterdam office, the fellow will assist the Editorial Director, EMEA and the Associate Editor, EMEA in coordinating editorial projects across the 16 different VICE teams in the EMEA region. The fellow will help in tasks like the development of a potential European-themed week, coordinating and fact-checking original articles and English translations, and tracking the roll-out of articles that originally appeared on our non-English sites.

Fluent (reading, writing, speaking) in English and at least one other language, with an interest in translation and an understanding of the VICE brand.



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