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Emerging Fellows Program

Daily Kos is the nation’s largest progressive media and activism hub, providing news you can do something about.

Our new Emerging Fellows program seeks to develop new and compelling progressive voices from historically underrepresented groups. Emerging Fellows will receive mentorship, editorial support, workshops and skillshares, training on self-promotion, access to resources and metrics, and will publish their work to the largest and most engaged progressive audience in digital media.


This enriching fellowship is a paid opportunity for committed writers to enhance their craft and tell their stories. We want your voice to be heard!


Through this program, we will develop talented individuals in the early stages of their writing careers, with both a fervor for progressive politics, critical issues, and current events and a desire to hone their voice and writing skills. Whether you’re a recent college grad with no clips quite yet, or an activist of any age looking to change careers, we want to hear from you! We encourage writers to bring their own story ideas and angles. We’re open to working in a variety of formats that relate to progressive politics, from personal essays, to analysis, to news and reporting, or all of the above—what we value most of all is a distinct voice and perspective, along with a dedication to fact-based coverage.


This fellowship is virtual and open to writers from marginalized communities with any background and most education levels.


This is a six-month fellowship. The fellowship will run from Feb. 2022 through July 2022.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 15th, 2021




  • Monthly stipend. Emerging Fellows will receive $1,200/month for their participation in the program.
  • Six-month staff mentorship. Emerging Fellows will be supported by Daily Kos staff writers and editors during every step of this program, from pitching and shaping projects, to feedback during the writing and editing process—all the way to publication. Emerging Fellows will have various ways of staying in contact with their editors and their cohort, including Slack, email, and Zoom. 
  • A portfolio of published work. During the six month fellowship period, Emerging Fellows will write and publish a total of 18-24 stories on Daily Kos.
  • Training in engagement and self-promotion. Emerging Fellows will learn about and have access to engagement metrics to better understand how their work is resonating with audiences, and receive support and training about how to build a public presence and promote their work online.
  • Panel discussions and interviews. Emerging Fellows will be featured in panels, interviews, and other live video opportunities to introduce themselves and their work to our audience.
  • Paid tuition to two Poynter trainings. 




  • Work with an editor to complete 3-4 high-quality pieces a month (about one per week), to be published on Daily Kos
  • Be available for 6-8 hours a month for the activities listed below:
    • Participate in one staff-led training (60 minutes)
    • Participate in one Emerging Fellows workshop with cohort, reading and offering feedback on one selected piece per fellow
    • Participate in a one-on-one coaching session with a mentor each month




  • Applicants cannot have an advanced degree in a writing-related field (i.e. creative writing, journalism)
  • Applicants cannot be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program
  • Applicants must be 18 or older
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States
  • Applicants must agree to participate actively in all aspects of the Emerging Fellows Program, including but not limited to virtual workshops, skillshares, and trainings
  • Applicants must have access to broadband internet and a computer capable of running Slack, Google Docs, and Zoom (with video/camera on)

How To Apply


  • Please submit a cover letter telling us about yourself, your journey so far as a writer, the issues that matter to you most, and what you’re hoping to gain from the Emerging Fellows Program. Additionally, please tell us about the issues that matter to you most—and how you’d like to cover them.
  • Please submit a resume or CV detailing your work experience.
  • Please include three writing samples, published or unpublished, that display your writing style and topics of interest. Note: If writing samples are not links to published work, simply submit them in the same file as your resume.
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