Reasons To Be Cheerful Reporting Fellow


Position Type: Full Time
Duration: June 1, 2019 – August 31, 2019
Compensation: $15,000
Location: Office in Lower Manhattan
Application Deadline: April 5, 2019


Reasons to be Cheerful is a ​multimedia platform​ created by artist and musician ​David Byrne that curates and shares replicable ideas, systems and processes that are successfully leading to positive change in the areas of culture, education, science & technology, environment, civic, economic, healthcare and transportation. The primary mission of the website is to share information globally in order to engage and empower individuals and communities locally.

The Summer Fellow will be responsible for pitching three original stories as well as writing weekly reporting pieces based on original research over the course of the fellowship. An ideal candidate has an interest in solutions and social journalism; experience with original research, writing, editing and fact checking; and is adept at working in a small team. Design, video and web skills are an asset. Current Columbia Journalism School students, and graduates from the past two years J-2017-2019 are eligible.


Apply via Columbia Journalism School JobNews. Application requirements include: (1) one-page résumé; (2) cover letter addressed to Reasons to be Cheerful Internship Selection Team; (3) names and contact information of three references (2/3 should be CJS Faculty); (4) links to three work samples. In your cover letter, please describe any special experience relevant to the position and/or skills in reporting, editing, data, visual, audio, or multimedia journalism, social media, newsletters, and graphics. For references, list as a separate cover sheet.

Please make sure that you have a correct email listed on JobNews. Your application confirmation will be sent to this email. Contact Career Services immediately if you applied but didn’t get a confirmation. If you do not follow-up, we will be unable to consider your application after the deadline passes.