Knight Data Journalism Fellowship

Website The Center for Public Integrity

Knight Data Journalism Fellowship

The Center for Public Integrity is seeking an early career journalist for a twelve-month, paid fellowship in Washington, D.C., funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Center is a nonpartisan nonprofit news organization that produces investigative journalism on issues of public concern.

The fellowship is part of the Center’s commitment to developing a pipeline of talented data journalists from diverse backgrounds. We will train and mentor the fellow to elevate their data journalism skills.

The Center will select one fellow, who will start in January 2018. The fellow will join the data team, which uses data, technology and design to produce journalism that investigates powerful special interests. The team’s goal is to do inventive, hard-hitting, data-backed journalism and improve how journalists use data to report and tell stories.

The fellow will work in one of the nation’s most prestigious investigative newsrooms to do data and interactive journalism centered in one or more Center coverage areas, which include money in politics, the environment, workers’ rights, economic inequality, state government and national security.

The fellow’s work will appear on the Center’s website and may appear in digital, print and broadcast platforms associated with our media partners, such as USA Today, NBC News, The Washington Post and TIME.

Who should apply?

We are seeking candidates who have had exposure to data, code, design and/or journalism who want to go further. Candidates possessing at least some of the following experience are encouraged to apply:

  • Worked with one or more programming languages
  • Designed or developed visual or interactive projects
  • Published data analysis or reporting
  • Produced journalism in any form

Also, we encourage people to apply who are:

  • From diverse backgrounds, including groups underrepresented in technology or journalism
  • Enthusiastic about their work and willing to take direction
  • Eager to apply their skills to public-interest journalism


The fellow will receive a salary of $45,000 and full benefits, including health insurance, paid vacation and sick leave.

To apply: All applications should include a resume and several examples of journalism, visual or programming work (personal projects are fine), along with a description of what the candidate did on those projects. Send to and include “Knight Fellow” in the email subject line. Deadline to apply: Dec. 17, 2017.

The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1989 by investigative journalist Charles Lewis. We are one of the country’s oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. We are also the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting.

Our mission is to serve democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.