The 74 is a non-profit news network covering education in America. Our public education system is in crisis. In the United States, less than half of our students can read at site or do math at grade-level, yet the education debate is dominated by misinformation and political spin. Our mission is to lead an honest, fact-based conversation.

  • Editorial Fellow, Education News (Summer 2021) 


    Interested in honing your journalism skills at a dynamic, mission-driven education news outlet in the country’s biggest media market? Apply for The 74’s paid editorial fellowship.

    This position provides extensive backgrounding in today’s education story lines and policy debates, plus experience in researching, reporting and writing. The editorial fellow is a key point person on our engagement team: you’ll develop web production, multimedia and social media skills before a daily audience of 200,000 readers. Past fellows have gone on to full-time positions at The 74.

    The position will be managed through our NYC newsroom, although because our city workspace will in all likelihood remain closed through Nov. 1, 2021, we’re considering candidates from anywhere in the United States able to work East Coast hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fellowships last from six to 12 months, based on staffing needs and candidate preference, and are paid at the monthly rate of $3,500.

    The selected applicant will start work sometime between June 1 and Sept. 1, 2021. 


    Our fellows are fully involved members of the newsroom who pitch stories, collaborate with reporters, work with videographers and are mentored by award-winning editors. You’ll emerge a stronger digital reporter with a bevy of clips.

    Fellows also assist with special projects — from breaking news to event planning to book publishing — and work with our engagement team to optimize layouts for reader retention, multimedia content for impact and social media pages for sharing.

    While this position reports to New York-based editors, the fellow will have the chance to collaborate with seasoned journalists around the country, including our Washington, D.C., team and 74 journalists in Los Angeles, San Antonio, Minneapolis and Cleveland.


    • You are either a relative newcomer to the field of journalism or a student of reporting, public policy or mass communications
    • You have previous editorial, government or web production experience
    • You are deeply curious about today's top education stories, issues and flash points
    • You have demonstrated a commitment to fact-checking
    • You have published clips from established media outlets or student publications
    • You’ve worked in a digitally driven newsroom [preferred]
    • You are able to provide references


    The 74 is a non-profit education news site. Our mission is to lead an honest, fact-based conversation about how to give America’s 74 million children the education they deserve. Our stories are backed by investigation, expertise and experience. Our reporting aims to challenge the status quo, expose corruption and inequality, and champion the heroes who bring positive change to schools.

    We’re currently considering candidates to start in the summer of 2021. 

    The 74 is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring an inclusive group of qualified professionals. We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented groups to apply.

    To apply for this position, send a cover letter and CV to:

  • Freelance Contributors

    Job Description

    The 74 is accepting news, analysis and op-ed pitches, as well as proposals for explainer videos and short documentaries.

    Responsibilities Include

    Write high-quality news or opinion content about education in America.

    Position Requirements

    Submit pitch with clips to, or reach out to Editor in Chief Steve Snyder at

    To apply for this position, send a cover letter and CV to: