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2024 USA TODAY NETWORK Military Veterans Fellowship Program - Wellness Reporter Fellow


2024 USA TODAY NETWORK Military Veterans Fellowship Program - Wellness Reporter Fellow

This opportunity is for military veterans who are interested in pursuing a career in the journalism industry.

Gannett and USA TODAY are seeking a driven and enterprising Wellness Reporter Fellow to join the organization on our Wellness team. The position will be fully integrated into the news operation.

The intern will be expected to hit the ground running in this fast-paced organization, offering strong news judgment, savvy ideas and clean copy. They will also be working closely with senior reporters to ensure USA TODAY has a robust, competitive and lively news file.

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The reporters' work must spark conversations on the buzziest topics on health and wellness. The reporter must be comfortable with video and be able to work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment, while always adhering to the highest journalistic ethical standards.

This 6-month fellowship will run from June 3, 2024, to December 27, 2024. The start date is flexible for the right candidate. This is a remote position, and candidates can be based in any state except for Alaska or Hawaii or can choose to be based in our Washington, DC office Our fellows' pay is based on the cost of living in the cities they reside in, ranging from $19.28 to $24.04 per hour.

This is a full time 40 hour per week role with benefits.

Gannett is the largest legacy media company in the country and is committed to investing in local journalism. We believe that local journalism is essential to a healthy democracy, and we are committed to providing our readers with the information they need to make informed decisions about their communities.

Key features of the program:

  • This opportunity is available to military veterans who are interested in pursuing a career in in the journalism industry and working in a Gannett | USA TODAY NETWORK newsroom.
  • Fellows will participate in a six-month full-time fellowship.
  • Fellows are eligible to participate in the Company's comprehensive benefits package including, but not limited to, health & insurance, reimbursement & spending accounts and voluntary benefits. Your benefits eligibility effective date is the first of the month following your date of hire and will run through the end of the fellowship. You are also immediately eligible to participate in the 401(k) Savings Plan where a Company match is discretionary.
  • Will be assigned to a mentor from Military Veterans in Journalism (MVJ) during the fellowship period.
  • Receive coaching and mentoring from the Gannett team and MVJ.
  • Develop and refine professional skills for success in the journalism field.


  • Offers independent, innovative thinking in news coverage.
  • Follows disciplined approach to deliver high-impact work on multiple platforms.
  • Uses metrics to gauge audience interest.
  • Identifies trends that would otherwise go unreported.
  • Demonstrates clear concise writing skills with strong nut graphs and "why this is important to me" content.


  • Must be a military veteran who served in any of the six branches of the armed forces of the United States.
  • Strong ability to produce content that is clean, accurate and "publication ready."
  • Is passionate and enthusiastic about news and content that will work well with audiences on social platforms.
  • Excellent news judgment.
  • Understands reporting ethics and sourcing.
  • Top-notch command of AP writing, editing, spelling, grammar, style and research skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills both inside and outside the organization.
  • Collaborates well with others and can work with a team on the biggest stories.
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented and flexible.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment that is constantly evolving and understands the digital first mission.
  • Works weekends and nights as needed.
  • Must be willing to travel on short notice to cover breaking news events.
  • This role requires a valid driver's license, reliable transportation, and the minimum liability insurance required by state law.

Application Instructions

We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don't limit your upload to a resume; show us what you've done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:
  1. Your resume - one to two pages.
  2. A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
  3. Any examples of work that you're proud of in the area of audience engagement (These could be social media posts or videos, newsletters, or stories you've written with search in mind).

It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.




The hourly rate for this role will range between $19.28 and $24.04. Variable compensation is not reflected in these figures and based on the role, may be applicable. Exact compensation may vary based on skills, experience, location, and union representation, if applicable.

Job ID: utn-70557
Employment Type: Full Time

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • HSA With Employer Contribution
    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
    • FSA
    • Pet Insurance
    • Mental Health Benefits
    • HSA
  • Parental Benefits

    • Fertility Benefits
    • Adoption Assistance Program
    • Family Support Resources
    • Birth Parent or Maternity Leave
    • Non-Birth Parent or Paternity Leave
  • Work Flexibility

    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Remote Work Opportunities
    • Hybrid Work Opportunities
  • Office Life and Perks

    • Commuter Benefits Program
    • Casual Dress
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Paid Vacation
    • Paid Holidays
    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Leave of Absence
    • Volunteer Time Off
  • Financial and Retirement

    • Financial Counseling
    • 401(K)
    • Performance Bonus
    • Relocation Assistance
  • Professional Development

    • Internship Program
    • Leadership Training Program
    • Mentor Program
    • Access to Online Courses
    • Lunch and Learns
    • Work Visa Sponsorship
    • Tuition Reimbursement
    • Promote From Within
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Employee Resource Groups (ERG)
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program