The Walrus plays a vital role in ensuring that Canada’s next generation of editors and media leaders gets the training it needs. Every six months, The Walrus welcomes four new editorial fellows, who go on to develop their skills through our work-integrated learning experience.
Magazine editing requires a suite of skills that are optimally learned from experience. At The Walrus, fellows participate in every part of our publication process, from attending story meetings to fact-checking articles and proofreading the magazine; in the process, they learn how pieces, ranging from short essays to long-form features and memoirs, are commissioned and edited.
To date, over 100 fellows have graduated from the program, and the majority have gone on to distinguished careers in Canadian and international media organizations such as the CBC, the National Post, Toronto Life, Bloomberg News, Reuters, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Forbes, The New Yorker, Harpers, the New York Times, The Economist, and the Guardian.
How to Apply
Thank you to everyone who applied for The Walrus Editorial Fellowship Program, a paid, six-month position that begins on November 4, 2019, and ends in early May 2020.
The Walrus Editorial Fellowship Program trains young professionals to the rigorous standards of Canada’s celebrated magazine of long-form journalism. Editorial Fellows’ primary training is in fact-checking the content of The Walrus Magazine in print and online. Additional desk assignments may include reviewing unsolicited submissions; monitoring and compiling web comments, tweets, and letters to the editor; gathering biographical information about Walrus contributors; assisting the digital editor with multimedia content for the website; and working with other departments at The Walrus as needed. Fellows also have the opportunity to develop and pitch story ideas to editors.
In addition to their journalism training, Editorial Fellows have opportunities to participate in non-editorial aspects of the organization. During the Fellowship, they will have access to training seminars led by editors and staff of The Walrus, in topics ranging from copy-editing and long-form story structure to circulation and nonprofit management.
The full-time fellowships are paid and last six months. There are four fellowship positions available, one of which is the Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) Indigenous Editorial Fellowship at The Walrus (details below). One of the remaining positions will focus on working with online content.
The JHR Indigenous Editorial Fellowship at The Walrus
This fellowship is open to individuals who identify as Inuit, Métis, or First Nations. This position is part of The Walrus Editorial Fellowship Program and is supported by JHR’s Indigenous Reporters Program.
JHR is Canada’s leading media-development organization. Since 2013, the organization’s award-winning Indigenous Reporters Program has sought to increase the quality and quantity of Indigenous stories and voices in Canadian media. JHR is able to facilitate the Indigenous Editorial Fellowship at The Walrus with support from the RBC Foundation.