NPR Reflect America Fellowship


Washington D.C., N / A


Feb 12, 2021


Jan 07, 2021

NPR has opened applications for its Reflect America Fellowship, a year-long reporting and producing position aimed at bringing a greater diversity of voices to NPR’s news coverage.

During the 12-month fellowship, the Reflect America fellow will work with journalists across the Newsroom and Programming to find, cultivate and vet sources who are often missing from media coverage, ensuring that those voices make it into NPR’s news programs on the air, in podcasts and across all digital platforms. The fellow will spend the final three months of the fellowship reporting with one of NPR’s news teams.

The Reflect America Fellowship is a full-time position that runs from May 2021 to May 2022.

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Application Instructions

  • In lieu of a cover letter, each completed application must include answers to the following questions:

How would you go about finding more diverse sources, particularly people of color?
What three news stories do you think will be most important in 2021 (and why)?
What people, accounts and outlets do you follow to stay informed?
Tell us about a time when you pitched a story or a source that was rejected. What did you learn from that?
Tell us about an NPR story you think would have been enhanced by more diverse sources. Who else would you have interviewed? Why?

  • Up to five links to your best journalistic work.
  • Contact information for two people who can speak to your work ethic, journalistic skills and passion for diversity.
  • Your resume.

  • Submit your application here.