The Earl Foell Editorial Fellow will allow a superior recent college graduate or young journalist the opportunity to take ownership of several key franchises appearing regularly in The Christian Science Monitor Weekly. These franchises include:
the progress anchor (a feature story demonstrating progress at work somewhere in the world)
points of progress (five short items showing in progress at work around the globe)
global newsstand (a roundup of perspectives from foreign press around the world)
Overheard (five pithy quotes offering a quick view of the week’s events)
Prime Numbers (eight significant/informative/surprising numbers that highlight and encapsulate aspects of the news of the week).
The Foell Fellow, for one year, will work with Monitor Weekly editors in producing these features, but will at the same time have substantial autonomy to conceive and shape them.
Named for former Monitor’s editor-in-chief Earl Foell, the strongest candidates for this fellowship will mirror to some degree the intellect, keen news sense, global curiosity, and compassionate outlook that marked Earl Foell’s tenure as editor. This person should also have an appreciation for the Monitor’s journalistic mission and history, and the ability to reflect its commitment to “injure no man, but bless all mankind” in the work s/he does.
The job is largely that of an editor. Progress anchors are most often conceived and assigned by the Foell fellow (although some can be picked up from the daily Monitor as well). This is a responsibility that allows for a good bit of creativity. It also requires strong thinking and editing skills, including coordination with Daily editors and communication with writers.
Finding material for the Overheard, Prime Numbers, and Global Newsstand features requires a keen news sense and good research skills. Creativity and the ability to pull disparate material together into attractive packages is also key here.
Being a good team player is essential to success on this job. Each of the franchises listed above must be completed in accord with a strict weekly deadline. The Foell fellow will need to learn to accommodate others and to respect their needs, even in the face of breaking news events and the occasional need to rework copy at the last minute.
An open, thoughtful, compassionate approach to the news
An awareness of the Monitor’s unique role in the media world and its standards and approach to covering news.
Strong research and news-hunting skills
Good organizational skills with a talent for meeting deadlines
Ability to function as a considerate team player
A four-year degree with a strong background in journalism. Previous internship experience is highly desirable.