Mozilla Open News Fellowship: Write code. See the world.

Ten months. Fully paid. Live in one of the world’s top cities. Sure it sounds like a pitch for a reality TV show but it’s actually a global news technology fellowship.

The Knight Mozilla Open News Fellowship is seeking developers, technologists, software engineers and programmers for newsroom embeds in Europe [BBC, The Guardian, Zeit Online and Spiegel Online], the U.S. [The New York Times, ProPublica and The Boston Globe] and Argentina [La Nación] to build open source journalism tools.


The Knight-Mozilla Fellows are able to experience the day-to-day energy of some of the best newsrooms in the world. Being present as news breaks, writing code for the day’s headlines, and taking a step back to solve real-world journalistic problemsets, the Knight-Mozilla Fellows’ work is as real-world as it gets.


Dan Sinker, author of the famed fake Twitter account @MayorEmanuel and a spin-off book, The F**cking Epic Twitter Quest of @MayorEmanuel, heads the fellowship program. So, if nothing else, you’ll be led by a fellow pirate with a penchant for cursing and creative problem solving.

Boulder’s own Jordan Wirfs-Brock was a 2011 fellowship finalist. Fresh off a Knight-Mozilla hackathon in Berlin, Tekhne interviewed her about the “Infinite Story” project (think Github for storytelling) and the life motto of news hackers: “Stop yammering, start hammering.”

Get in now. The 2012/13 Knight-Mozilla Open News Fellowship application process opened April 9. Follow @opennews on Twitter for the latest announcements.

Full disclosure: Our parent company, Tekhne Media, Inc., is currently a contractor on two Knight-funded civic data projects with Wirfs-Brock. And Tekhne founder Wendy Norris is a 2011 alumna of the Stanford Knight fellowship, following Sinker’s Class of 2009.