United Kingdom

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 United Kingdom

London, United Kingdom

Financial Times

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity, and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of 985,000, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news, and services for the global business community.

The fellow will join our Interactive News desk, a cross-disciplinary team of data journalists, designers and developers who perform data analysis for investigations and produce online maps, data visualisations, games, and other interactive news applications to tell data-driven stories in innovative ways.

After an initial period of training, the fellow will be assigned work within the team’s existing projects. Depending on the fellow's skills and interests, this might include statistical research, data analysis, graphics production or programming tasks. In addition, they will pitch and produce at least one “Graphical Insight” feature — a substantial piece of original journalism centred on original data analysis and visualisation

Knowledge of any of the following, or a demonstrable interest in learning, would be a major advantage: R or another data analysis package; QGIS or another geographical information system; proficiency with NodeJS-based web development.

Financial Times

London, United Kingdom

The Telegraph

The Telegraph is an award-winning, multimedia news brand that has been synonymous with quality, authority and credibility for more than 160 years. We are renowned for the analysis, perspective, opinion, and insight that our journalism provides to a diverse and discerning audience. Every day the content we create – in print, online, in our apps and across many other platforms – is setting the news agenda, sparking debate and provoking comment.

The fellow will work on our Data Journalism team, collaborating with a variety of other desks including News, Graphics, New Formats, Editorial Development, and Design. They will use data analysis techniques to get involved in stories on a variety of subjects and will focus on new story formats and innovative visualisation. Our previous fellows have had many opportunities to explore and publish their stories on some of the biggest topics on the news list, and have been able to collaborate with many specialists to see their ideas come to fruition.

We are not prescriptive in the specific technical skills we are seeking, however, we look for candidates who possess the news reporting ability of more traditional journalists as well as skills relating to data analysis and visualisation. We’re looking for the following core skills; being able to back these up with knowledge of more complex data journalism tools, programming languages and statistics is desirable:

  1. An ability to clean and analyse a dataset and pick out the key news line from it.
  2. An understanding of how to communicate stories in a way that’s comprehensive, original, and accessible to all audiences.
  3. Awareness of a range of data visualisation tools.
  4. A desire to learn.
  5. An understanding of The Telegraph's editorial approach, key competitors, and emerging digital innovators.
The Telegraph

London, United Kingdom

The Times & The Sunday Times

The Times and The Sunday Times represent a combined 400 years of covering news and providing comment and analysis in the UK and the world.

We are authoritative, credible, responsible, trusted and a part of the nation’s cultural heritage.

But we are also a fast-moving, highly creative, multi-channel media operation which has a long heritage of modernity, of being first, of breaking through, of creating change.

The fellow will join our cross title digital department which includes data journalists, newsroom developers, multimedia journalists, interactive news producers and audience development experts.

These teams are charged with finding and telling stories on our digital platforms in the most appropriate formats and empowering the newsroom to present stories in new and innovative ways.

We are looking for an ambitious individual who communicates clearly, enjoys collaborating and thrives in a fast-paced environment. You will liaise with reporters and editors across the newsroom, bringing stories to life on our digital platforms. You will also be expected to find your own stories to work on, from sourcing and analysing datasets to using in-house tools to create interactives.

The Times & The Sunday Times

London, United Kingdom

The Guardian

The Guardian is one of the world’s leading news organisations with a global, progressive audience. It has built a reputation for fearless reporting, agenda setting investigations and digital innovation – developing new ways to bring Guardian journalism to life and deepen our relationship with our readers.

Our fellow will work towards creating innovative and engaging visual journalism in collaboration with the Guardian’s Visuals team and the wider newsroom. In the Visuals team we identify, conceptualise, design and build first-class interactive stories and graphics that break new ground in journalism. We collaborate with journalists from other desks and also conduct original reporting. You could find yourself working with several different visual formats during your time with us, from data visualisation to photography and animation.

Our ideal candidate will have some skills in interactive development, be passionate about technology and interested in creating the future of news.

The Guardian

Manchester or Cardiff, United Kingdom

Reach Plc Regionals

Reach plc is the UK's largest news publisher, with a network of national and regional titles. Our mission is to reach audiences with content that is relevant, useful and truthful; we are passionate about local journalism and serving audiences on whatever platform they choose.

As our fellow, you would work with our award-winning Data Unit, as a data journalist. During this time you’ll be mentored by experts in data journalism and be given full support to explore projects relevant to our readers. Previous candidates have enjoyed the experience so much, they've gone on to secure jobs with us.

Some data skills and experience of finding and using data to investigate ideas for relevant and informative journalism.

Our most convenient location would be Manchester or Cardiff but we can be flexible.

Reach Plc Regionals

London, United Kingdom

Reuters TV

Reuters TV is the video packaging unit of the world's largest news agency. It provides news and feature content directly to Reuters' own apps, online and social platforms, but also ready-to-publish content to the agency's external digital clients.

The Fellow will join our social video team, working alongside TV producers, graphic designers and text journalists to produce video content for Reuters’ social platforms to tell stories in ‘digital first’ and innovative visual ways.

After an initial period of shadowing and training, the fellow will be assigned to work alongside the team on daily social news output and planned longer term projects. The fellow will also be given the opportunity to pitch and produce, under the supervision of an assigned mentor, at least one original piece of longer form social video to illustrate a single news story or current news trend of their choosing.

The ideal fellow will be a voracious consumer of news online and socially, with some experience of filming and editing video. They need to have strong ideas about what makes a good digital news story and the best ways of presenting it.

Reuters TV

London, United Kingdom

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is a London-based not-for-profit unit with very high standards of fact-checking and a rigorous right-to-reply process which specialises in investigations in a number of areas including Shadow Wars, Superbugs, Intensive Farming and Bureau Local which supports local journalism in the UK. We co-publish with major media partners such as CNN, Guardian, Al Jazeera, Times, NYT, Telegraph, BBC, ITN and C4News. If you are applying to work with us make sure you have had a good look at our website and are across our work. https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com

The fellow will work in one of three of our projects - Bureau Local, Intensive Farming or Algorithmic decision-making. This will depend on what the requirements of the project are by the time we get to June and the skills and potential of the Fellow. In previous years the Fellow has come in at the start of the story and grown in responsibility as they learn and deploy the skills needed for an investigation. They have been strongly supported and mentored. They should develop the research and data skills, pursue leads, get people to tell them their stories, understand how to properly fact check a piece and give any targets of investigation a meaningful right to reply. By the end of the process we would hope they would have a byline on a strong story which they have developed from the start. But she or he would also have the opportunity of learning from the experience of the rest of the team working on other projects because the Bureau does not operate in a siloed way.

The fellow needs to be an enthusiastic self-starter who is keen to learn and to progress and who likes to work as part of a team. We are open to applications from diverse backgrounds and we would pay basic travel expenses for anyone who we interview for the Fellowship who is from outside London. Basic data skills are essential and knowledge of Python and R would be an advantage. The fellow must be able to think like a journalist as well as handle data. We need to see a file of stories which they have published although they do not need to be from the most prestigious sites. We know we are dealing with new journalists who are still trying to find their feet. The fellow will need to have had journalistic training whether that is a degree or MA in journalism or NCTJ training or similar.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

London, United Kingdom

Full Fact

Full Fact is the UK’s independent factchecking charity. We challenge misinformation where it matters most and hold to account the people and organisations that help it spread. Our work reaches millions of people, from factchecking Prime Minister’s Questions to tackling false viral images online, and when we find something wrong we push to get it corrected.

We’re the UK partner for Facebook’s Third Party Fact Checking programme, and we are pioneering automated factchecking tools that are now being used around the world.

You’ll be joining our editorial team to work on an eight week project (to be agreed with us) looking broadly at the topic of misinformation, overseen by our editor Tom Phillips.

We have a few ideas of our own for projects (and it’s fine to apply and say you’re open to anything) but we are keen to hear what ideas you have for this.

We’d be especially keen to hear from people who have ideas for:
- Looking at how misinformation spreads in the UK - perhaps focusing on particular types of sources, or how it gets spread;
- Looking at the ways misinformation can have real world impacts;
- Looking at misinformation related to a particular topic.

You’ll work alongside our factcheckers, and have the opportunity to collaborate broadly with people throughout our team. You won’t just be working on individual factchecks (although that can certainly be part of your project); we’re looking for someone who can produce work that tells us something original about misinformation, in a thorough and compelling way.

Full Fact


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