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Inspired by programs at The Atlantic and Politico, the New York Times announced new yearlong fellowships, starting next summer.
The paid, Guild-covered positions will be in the New York and Washington newsrooms, aimed at recent graduates. The immersive program will replace the traditional summer internship, although such internships will remain on The Times’ business side.
“We believe that the fellowship, which will incorporate speakers, feedback and training opportunities, will better serve young journalists,” the Times said in a release. The paper did not say how many positions will be available, but stressed that few of the reporters, photographers, videographers, social and audio producers, designers and visual editors would remain at the Times after their fellowships.
Apart from the NYT’s FAQ here, I had a few questions for Theodore Kim, the NYT’s director of newsroom fellowships and internships. Here are the highlights:
Q. How long has the company had been thinking about it?
A. Our publisher, A.G. Sulzberger, has been thinking about revamping our career programs for some years to more closely match our needs and the needs of incoming journalists. The effort picked up again this summer as we began moving toward a fellowship concept that would take the place of our signature summer internship and better serve both early-career journalists and our newsroom.
Q. What attracted the NYT to this model?
A. The Atlantic and Politico models intrigued us because those programs are very well run and they now serve as real talent
Read more here: https://www.poynter.org/news/bye-bye-summer-internships-hello-year-round-fellowships