Arizona Republic Offers Environmental Reporting Positions

It’s hot in Phoenix.

You don’t need confirmation from a reporter, much less a whole crew of reporters working in America’s hottest big city.

But if these reporters can help people understand why it’s hotter in Phoenix, how the heat kills more people each year, what leaders are doing and not doing to deal with a slow-moving natural disaster, that’s something thing you need.

Since 2017, The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com environmental reporting team has reported and written about heat and climate change, drought and water supply, wildfires and forest management, wildlife and endangered species.

The Republic has long been committed to covering the environment, but over the past four years has expanded its commitment with the help of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.

Environmental Reporting Grants

A grant from the trust funds a senior environmental reporter, two reporting fellows and photography. It provides the resources to travel across Arizona and the West to bring readers stories to help them understand their changing world.

Sometimes reporters team up for deep dives on important topics, like heat and forest management; other times, journalists develop their own stories, examining groundwater loss or endangered wolves.

The stories have won numerous awards, but more importantly, they have attracted readers who want to learn more about some of the biggest stories of the day.

Key to the team are the two Fellow Reporters, early-career journalists with a keen interest in environmental reporting and writing and a desire to spend a year doing so. Most of the former fellows are now employed full-time as journalists.

Apply to become a scholarship holder

Republic Fulfills Nina Mason Pulliam Environmental Scholarships each year on a rotating schedule. Scholarships :

  • Full-time positions are expected to last for one calendar year, beginning in May.
  • Require in-person work in Arizona, with the ability to travel across the state and beyond for reporting.
  • May include photography and video work in addition to reporting and writing.
  • Schedule time to manage our @azcenvironment brand channels on social media.

The two companions:

  • Work alongside the Senior Reporter and with The Republic’s award-winning environmental editor and visual team.
  • Collaborate with the team on larger projects.
  • Pursue their own stories, cultivate sources and develop the level of expertise that allows them to tell stories to the beat.
  • Get national exposure through the USA TODAY Network.

The application period for the next scholarship is now open. You can find the job description and a link to submit an application here.