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Faculty Fellow

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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

The College of Media, Communication, and Information (CMCI) invites you to take your journalism skills to the next level and deepen your understanding of environmental issues by applying for the 2020-2021 Ted Scripps Fellowships in Environmental Journalism. Five accepted fellows will benefit from the resources of the university and surrounding area while they audit courses, participate in weekly seminars and field trips, and work on a significant project of their choice. These positions are offered by the Center for Environmental Journalism (CEJ), part of the College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado Boulder.

The fellowship is open to full-time journalists working in any medium who are interested in deepening and broadening their knowledge of environmental issues. It is aimed at outstanding journalists committed to a career in professional journalism. Applicants may include reporters, editors, producers, photojournalists, documentarians, and feature writers. Both salaried staff and full-time freelancers are welcome to apply. Prior experience in covering the environment is not required.

Who We Are

The Center for Environmental Journalism (CEJ) was established in 1992 at the University of Colorado Boulder to enrich public understanding of environmental issues by elevating the quality, range, and depth of coverage by journalists. The center does this by helping seasoned and emerging journalists enhance their knowledge of the scientific, economic, political, and social aspects of these issues.

Established in 2015, the College of Media, Communication and Information is at the forefront of the revolution in communication and digital technology. CMCI prides itself on offering students an interdisciplinary education with a focus on innovation and creativity. Our students and faculty from six departments and an independent PhD program think across boundaries, innovate around emerging problems, and create culture that transcends convention.

CMCI strives to be a community whose excellence is premised on diversity, equity and inclusion. We seek candidates who share this commitment and demonstrate understanding of the experiences of those historically underrepresented in higher education. We welcome applications from minoritized racial and ethnic identities, ciswomen, non-normative genders and sexualities, persons with disabilities, and others who have encountered legacies of marginalization.

Boulder lies on the northwest edge of the Denver metropolitan area and often appears on lists of the best college towns and best places to live in the nation. The area has several vibrant public relations, advertising, ad tech, and digital marketing agencies. It sits at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and enjoys 300 days of sun each year. Hiking trails and bicycle paths abound, and there are numerous world-class ski resorts within two hours of town. There is an excellent public transportation system (free to CU employees) with frequent express buses to downtown Denver, which is less than 25 miles from campus. The area is a major media market with a nationally acclaimed food scene, lively music venues of many stripes, professional sports teams, and year-round art and culture festivals. Its international airport has direct flights around the country and abroad. 

What You Should Know

This position is a 45% appointment and is not eligible for paid leave, medical, dental, retirement or tuition benefits.

We are pleased to receive applications from international applicants; however, please be advised that you must be authorized to work in the United States to be eligible for this position.

What We Can Offer

The program provides a $71,000 stipend. It also covers tuition and fees, a regional bus pass, and attendance at the annual SEJ conference. Employment begins at the start of the Fall 2020 semester and runs for nine months through the end of the Spring 2021 semester. All university breaks and holidays will be observed.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • A minimum of five years of full-time professional journalism experience.
  • Applicants must have at least a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.

Special Instructions

All applications and attachments must be submitted online through the CU Boulder Jobs website. 

To apply, please submit the following materials online:

1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae.

  • Please include your education, work history as a professional journalist, and journalism awards/honors you’ve received including the year awarded. In addition to the dates you held each position, briefly describe your duties.

2. Cover Letter & Professional Biography. 

  • Please upload a letter that addresses the following:
    • Why you are interested in the fellowship and why you are the best candidate.
    • In 1,250 words or fewer, describe your career as a journalist and the values that shaped your work.
    • What are your most noteworthy achievements?
    • Why are you interested in covering environmental issues and how would a Ted Scripps Fellowship benefit you? (Please do not duplicate your proposed Study Plan & Project.)
    • Freelancers: At the end of your professional autobiography, please list the jobs you've completed in the last 12 months, and for whom, along with a few words about what you did. If your clients are not widely known, briefly explain who they are.

3. Three (3) professional work samples. 

  • If uploading multiple articles/stories, please upload into one document.
  • If you have a portfolio link containing the requested articles/stories, please upload a document that includes the portfolio URL, as well as instructions on what you would like us to look at.  

Please choose your samples of work from the following list of options:

A. Maximum of five (5) Articles/Stories. In each case, the date and publication venue must be clear.

B. Maximum of ten (10) Photographs/Illustrations/Other Journalistic Visual Material.

    • Create PDF versions of the stories, web pages, etc., in which the visual work you would like us to consider appeared. In the same document, please provide a brief description (a couple of sentences) for each of the images, along with the date of publication and where each was published.
    • If you have a portfolio site featuring your images, feel free to create a document that includes the URL, as well as instructions on what you would like us to look at. Also include in the document, a brief description of each image, including where and when it was published.

C. Maximum one (1) hour of Broadcast samples.

    • Create a document with links to the specific broadcast segments you wouId like us to consider, along with the dates they were broadcast, and a listing of the outlets.

D. Online Projects.

    • Create a document with links to a maximum of five (5) online projects you would like us to consider. Include in the document a short description of your contributions to the site, story, package, etc. As with all types of samples, include details about when and where the work was published.

4. Study Plan and Project Proposal.

  • Please tell us what you would like to study while on the fellowship, including the academic areas you propose to concentrate in, and some of the courses you would like to audit. In addition to this study plan, describe a significant journalistic project that you would like to work on to provide focus for the fellowship year. This project could be a finished work, such as a newspaper series or a major magazine article, or it could lay the foundation for an even larger work, such as a book, documentary, or series of radio broadcasts.

5. You will need to enter contact information for three (3) references during the application process.

  • One reference must be your immediate supervisor or, for freelancers, an editor who has worked closely with you. At a later time, these references may be contacted and asked to provide a confidential letter of recommendation on your behalf. They will be given ample time to provide these letters once contacted. This information will be kept confidential and is viewable only by the search committee.

Please visit the Center for Environmental Journalism website for additional information on the application requirements, as well as fellowship information:

Posting Contact Name: Center for Environmental Journalism

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