Fellow, Code Switch
 Washington DC, DC

Requisition Number: FELLO02691


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Across our organization, we’re building a workplace where collaboration is essential, diverse voices are heard, and inclusion is the key to our success.

Code Switch, the nation’s podcast and reporting team on race and identity, is seeking a recent college graduate to spend six months as the first-ever Code Switch Fellow. We’re looking to help grow the next generation of journalists who are passionate about telling the stories of diverse communities. This one-of-a-kind opportunity will provide the ability to work alongside the Code Switch hosts, producers and editors and to learn and explore the journalism and storytelling at NPR and Code Switch. The Fellow will be an active participant as we bring complex, nuanced stories to our growing and devoted audience.

Code Switch, named by Apple as it’s first-ever Podcast of the Year in 2020, has a devoted and passionate audience who come to us for stories about -- and for -- communities of color.

Applicants must be recent graduates, but previous journalism experience is not required. The goal of this fellowship will be to “embed” the fellow with the Code Switch team, either digitally or in-person at NPR West in Culver City or NPR Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Fellows must be able to demonstrate exceptional potential and drive.


Editing audio

  • Learns to edit interviews, archives audio, and actualities
  • Prepares scripts and other materials as assigned
  • Builds sub-sections of program by editing, scripting and linking two or more related pieces, music and other elements


  • Undergoes a detailed and scheduled training curriculum with the Code Switch team and NPR Editorial Training division, including recording techniques, writing for audio, digital production and mixing.
  • Assists in producing program material for host, producers, and others in studio. Works with hosts, producers, and others in arranging for related elements to complete or supplement a piece
  • Pitch ideas: Bring creative ideas for podcast segments or digital stories.
  • A primary goal of the fellowship will be for the fellow to pitch an original episode of Code Switch and work with the team to report, produce and bring it to our audience.
  • Conducts research and assists in arranging interviews
  • Pre-interviews guests and prepares research material on each
  • Join in, and contribute to, social media and audience-engagement efforts
  • Bargaining unit employees may be given assignments on different platforms, such as multimedia production, including producing Web text, interactive material and multimedia content.
  • Writes and produces digital copy, and assists with buildout and production of digital content, social media posts, and newsletters as assigned.
  • Engages on occasion, as assigned, with production help on other shows or desks.
  • Other duties as assigned.


EDUCATION: Applicants must be close to completing a 2-year, undergraduate or graduate degree or have earned a degree no more than one year prior to Jan. 31


  • Demonstrated writing ability -- applicants will submit a writing sample
  • Demonstrated passion for issues involving race and identity
  • · Ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure. Ability to handle more than one assignment at a time; ability to prioritize, anticipate and communicate effectively
  • Ability and willingness to work varied shifts
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to bring creative ideas and to receive and learn from critical feedback.
  • Ability to consistently work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and within the public radio system

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.

NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NPR is committed to being an inclusive place to work that welcomes diverse and unique perspectives, all working toward the same goal – to create a more informed public. Qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law.

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