Emerging Journalist Fellow - Arts & Culture

September 19, 2022


The six-month fellowship is program designed to jumpstart the career of a new professional at a time when local journalism is both increasingly vital and threatened. We hope that the fellow will also help create journalism that is more representative of the communities we serve with Crosscut and our sister organization, KCTS 9 public television, while demonstrating CPM’s values of integrity, community, innovation and diversity.

The emerging journalist fellow will be placed with our arts and culture team. They will focus on developing their skills in arts journalism, with an emphasis on narrative storytelling, while also working with journalists throughout the newsroom to develop additional skills in audio and video storytelling, as well as audience engagement. Through this work, the fellow will gain a better understanding of the collaborative process required to produce compelling and impactful journalism across various media.


Hourly Rate: $20.00

Benefits include medical, dental, vision, 401k and more! See additional information here

Seattle, hybrid schedule available, must reside in WA State

Proof of vaccination required for employment

Cascade Public Media is committed to building a team that represents a diversity of thought, experience and personal background. We deeply value applicants from diverse lived experiences and backgrounds.


  • Participate in a one-week onboarding that acquaints the Fellow with the various parts of Cascade Public Media (CPM)
  • Pitch story ideas to the Arts & Culture editor on a weekly basis 
  • Produce written content on a regular basis, including brief calendar listings, reported event previews, short artist profiles and narrative features 
  • Assist and shadow other reporters in the production of original enterprise journalism
  • Join regular planning and development meetings
  • With guidance from manager, work with Crosscut’s producers and others in the newsroom to help identify potential audio and video storytelling opportunities
  • May pursue occasional reporting opportunities on other assignment desks (news, investigative)
  • Participate in occasional training sessions 
  • Meet with a variety of newsroom team members in a series of one-on-one meetings intended to build understanding of newsroom operations and other career opportunities
  • Fellowships will last six or 12 months with a start date between January 1-15, 2023
  • Collaborate with other team members to foster a positive and productive culture and contribute toward the overall growth of the CPM
  • Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice


  • Proven interest in and basic understanding of arts journalism
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment 
  • Some understanding of journalism ethics and practices
  • Ability to understand, relate to and communicate the perspectives of diverse communities, historically disadvantaged populations or economically marginalized communities or individuals 
  • Experience living or working with diverse communities is highly desired. Fluency in a language other than English is a plus


  • Degree in Journalism, Art History or Creative Writing with or related field experience preferred
  • A proven and demonstrated understanding of journalistic ethical standards 
  • Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with peers; some experience organizing and managing multiple priorities, and in developing and managing projects
  • Working knowledge of Content Management Systems
  • Working knowledge of word processing platforms
  • Working knowledge of AP style 


  • Ability to view data on a computer screen for long periods of time
  • Ability to type on a keyboard for long periods of time
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or reliable means of transportation to meet requirements of the job