Since 1984, the Los Angeles Times has helped budding journalists launch careers and boost diversity in newsrooms through its innovative Metpro training program. It's now time to move to the next chapter.

The Los Angeles Times Fellowship will carry on that spirit and do the important work of finding, training and cultivating tomorrow's diverse news journalists.

Criteria

The Los Angeles Times is seeking high-potential, highly motivated aspiring journalists from diverse backgrounds and life experiences. The program’s main thrust is to provide participants – recent college graduates or journalists with limited professional experience – the training and support necessary to put them on a fast track to success.

This is not an internship but a formal fellowship customized to help trainees realize their career goals. The paid, full-time position lasts a year and its members are part of the Los Angeles Times Guild. We accept applications from those with up to three years of experience in a professional newsroom or up to five years in media settings such as weeklies and community newsrooms, websites, fellowships or freelance work, and who are eligible to work in the U.S.

What to expect

  • Formal mentorship
  • Frequent performance evaluations and coaching
  • A thorough grounding in journalism ethics and relevant laws pertaining to libel and privacy
  • An opportunity to cover communities, including law enforcement, courts and city councils
  • A thorough understanding of public records and research tools
  • An opportunity to prepare stories for the web and build digital media skills

If you are curious, creative and motivated, if you want to document history as it unfolds and have a strong desire to be a part of a newsroom, then apply to the L.A. Times Fellowship.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to fill out the form below, complete the writing test and request evaluations from three references. The deadline is Jan. 15, 2022. Finalists will be notified in the spring and the program starts in the fall. 

Reporting Test: Click to access, then download. Further instructions are on the first page.

Evaluation Form: Applicants can download the form and send to their references

Have Questions? Click here to read the FAQs.


Contact Us

Angel Jennings | Assistant Managing Editor for Culture and Talent

Joseph Serna | Deputy Editor for Culture and Talent

careers@latimes.com

The Los Angeles Times' Washington bureau welcomes applications from aspiring political reporters. The fellow will learn to cover politics, Congress, the White House and the president.


How to Apply

Applicants are required to fill out this form, complete the writing test and get evaluations from three references. The reporting test and evaluation forms must be downloaded at these links: Reporting Test, Evaluation Form

In addition:

Reporting applicants: Submit up to seven work samples via urls or uploads and/or a link to your portfolio.


Have questions? Click here to read the F.A.Q.


Contact Us

Angel Jennings | Assistant Managing Editor, Culture and Talent

Joseph Serna | Deputy Editor, Culture and Talent

careers@latimes.com

The Los Angeles Times welcomes applications from aspiring reporters, visual journalists, graphics/data journalists. designers, multiplatform copy editors, podcast producers and digital/audience engagement editors.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to fill out this form, complete the writing test and get evaluations from three references. The reporting test and evaluation forms must be downloaded at these links: Reporting Test, Evaluation Form

In addition:

Reporting applicants: Submit up to seven work samples via urls or uploads and/or a link to your portfolio.


Visual journalists: Submit a portfolio or links with a minimum of 20 single images and three complete photo stories or multimedia presentations. Materials can also be uploaded.  

Graphics/data journalists: Submit a portfolio and/or links to your work and Github account.    

Designers: Upload up to seven work samples and/or submit a portfolio with links to your print and/or web designs.


Multiplatform copy editors: Please complete the application, writing test and evaluations. Finalists will be asked to take an additional skills test.

Podcast producers: Upload up to seven work samples or links and/or submit a portfolio with your podcasts or audio work.


Digital/audience engagement editors: Upload up to seven work samples and links and/or submit a portfolio with links to social media campaigns, digital builds and other applicable work samples.


Contact Us

Angel Jennings | Assistant Managing Editor for Culture and Talent

Joseph Serna | Deputy Editor for Culture and Talent


careers@latimes.com

Los Angeles Times Fellowship