Vox Media is proud to reintroduce its Writers Workshop for its third year. The fully remote program pairs Vox Media editors and reporters with 10–15 talented people pursuing a career in journalism, and is designed to connect anyone who are historically underrepresented in media with opportunities to work with industry leaders and sharpen their skills. People transitioning into the industry, rising college seniors, recent graduates, and anyone looking to jumpstart their careers in media are encouraged to apply.
The program will take place remotely between March and May 2024. Applications for the 2024 cohort are open until Friday, February 23rd and can be found here. Anyone selected will be notified by March 8.
A distinctive feature of this program is the opportunity for mentees to build one-on-one relationships with experts across Vox Media’s respected newsrooms. Mentors will be thoughtfully assigned to mentees based on the mentee’s interests and growing expertise, to best build and strengthen their journalistic skills.
Over the course of about three months, anyone enrolled in the Vox Media Writers Workshop will receive a comprehensive program that will allow them to hone their reporting, beat development, strategic storytelling and navigating the media landscape, including pitching and networking. Mentees will develop invaluable skills that make a successful journalist while building relationships with seasoned journalists.
“From personal experience, we understand that the barriers to entry to work in media are high, imposter syndrome can feel overwhelming, and it’s not easy to establish connections and hit the ground running,” said Gabby Fernandez, a senior audience strategy editor at Vox and co-project lead of the program. “Our goal for the Vox Media Writer’s Workshop is to increase access to opportunities in media for historically underrepresented communities. Ultimately, we hope that mentees will feel supported, inspired, and ultimately seen as they strengthen their reporting skills through the guidance of their talented mentors.”
“In the Writers Workshop, we used both group and one-on-one time to explain in exact detail how emerging writers and reporters could best succeed at doing work that mattered to them, said Choire Sicha, editor-at-large of New York Magazine and former mentor of the Writers Workshop. “It was a blast for us as mentors to talk about concrete skills and also to connect people breaking into the field with people with more experience. We were there once too. For people like me who didn’t arrive with connections or go to college, creating programs like this can make a big difference.”
Through three workshops, mentees will also have the opportunity to join exclusive Q&A sessions with Vox Media editors-in-chief and senior reporters, allowing them to not only learn about journalism but to actively participate, network and experience the industry first-hand.
The program will be held remotely over the course of the spring on select dates between March and May.
Applicants with interests in a variety of coverage areas and a diverse range of experiences are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates have a passion for storytelling, enthusiasm for developing their reporting and writing skills, and are collaborative and open to getting feedback to improve their work.
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