Emerging Journalist Fellow - Podcast

November 16, 2021


The six-month fellowship (with the possibility of a six-month extension) is a full-time position 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.

The emerging journalist fellow will be placed with our podcast team. They will focus on developing their skills in audio journalism and better understanding the process of collaborating with various multimedia journalists and production staff to produce compelling and impactful programming with an emphasis on narrative storytelling.


Hourly Rate: $18.00

Benefits information can be found here

Seattle, Temporarily remote in WA State

Proof of vaccination required for employment


  1. Participate in a one-week onboarding that acquaints the Fellow with the various parts of Cascade Public Media (CPM)
  2. Assist podcast producer with various audio products, including our interview podcast Crosscut Talks, as well as various narrative serials and one-offs
  3. With guidance from manager, develop working knowledge of tools utilized for podcast production and distribution
  4. Work with Crosscut reporters and others in the newsroom to identify potential audio storytelling opportunities
  5. Join podcast development meetings and trainings
  6. As time permits, the fellow may pursue occasional reporting opportunities via Crosscut’s other editing and publishing channels
  7. Participate in occasional training sessions by staffers or visiting professionals
  8. Meet with a variety of newsroom staffers in a series of one-on-one meetings intended to build understanding of newsroom operations and other career opportunities
  9. Fellowships will last six or 12 months with a start date between January 1-15, 2021
  10. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice 


  1. Degree in Journalism, proven and demonstrated understanding of SPJ ethical standards OR related field experience preferred
  2. Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with peers; some experience organizing and managing multiple priorities, and in developing and managing projects
  3. Proven interest in and basic understanding of audio storytelling and podcasting. Experience with audio editing and various platforms like “Adobe Audition” a plus
  4. Excellent oral and written communication skills
  5. Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment 
  6. Some understanding of journalism ethics and practices
  7. Working knowledge of Content Management Systems
  8. Working knowledge of podcast publishing platforms
  9. Working knowledge of AP style 
  10. 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


  1. Ability to view data on a computer screen for long periods of time
  2. Ability to type on a keyboard for long periods of time
  3. Ability to sit or stand for extended periods

Cascade Public Media is committed to building a team that represents a diversity of thought, experience and personal background