Jewish Telegraphic Agency now accepting applications for new paid journalism fellowship for students


The Jewish Telegraphic Agency is introducing an international virtual journalism fellowship for high school-age Jewish teenagers. Please see the description and scope of the program as shared by JTA, below:

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency is accepting applications from 15- to 18-year-olds who are interested in reporting the news of their community through a Jewish lens, defining “community” as school, neighborhood, identity, culture, hobbies.

Applications are being accepted through Aug. 15, 2023.

“You provide the story idea and we’ll provide the training and support required to help you produce a 500-750 article or short multimedia piece (video, photo, audio),” states the agency, which operates as a wire service for English-language Jewish newspapers around the world.

It is a remote fellowship. Teens are expected to work independently and be on the hunt for the news in their communities and the world around them, and to produce two pieces during the course of the fellowship. Teens will be paid for published work.

“We are specifically looking to build a diverse fellowship cohort,” the announcement states. “We encourage teens of all backgrounds, identities, genders, cultures and connections to Judaism to apply.”

Eligibility Requirements

  • 15-18 years old
  • Self-identified Jewish
  • Interest in news media (online, audio, video)
  • There is no geographic limitation; this is an international fellowship
  • Journalism experience isn’t required
  • We are specifically looking to build a diverse fellowship cohort. We encourage teens of all backgrounds, identities, genders, cultures and connections to Judaism to apply.

Fellowship Schedule

The fellowship will run from Sept-Dec. 2023. We will hold three virtual meetings – in the beginning, middle and end. All reporting, writing, revising will be done independently during the fellowship. Fellows’ deadlines and meetings will be determined on a story-by-story basis.

Before You Apply

Read through the stories the past fellows produced. These will give you a sense of the type of articles we are interested in publishing. Keep this in mind as you fill out the application.

Watch this video about what we are looking for in a good story idea. Your story idea can make or break your application and we want to make sure you understand how to make sure your idea is newsworthy.


Fellows will receive a $100 gift card for each story that JTA publishes.


Apply to the JTA Teen Journalism Fellowship here.

For more information, visit the program’s website here or email [email protected].