Founding Director & Editor-In-Chief

November 9, 2022 (Updated )

Are you already working in a newsroom or as a freelancer? Would you like to receive tailored career support to help you with both the stories you’re writing and the next steps of your journalism career? Apply now to our new fellowship, which will help you tell better stories in the newsroom and take control of your career development.

Kindly supported and funded by the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW), The Refine Newsroom & Reporting Fellowship is for any working journalist in the UK who doesn’t currently specialise in science writing. We’ll help you tell the best stories in the right way, even in a busy newsroom or under intense deadline pressure. You’ll also get bespoke career support.


We believe that in 2022 every journalist has to be a science journalist sometimes, whether that’s because of breaking news stories or the way in which different beats intersect. This fellowship will give you the right tools and training to help you feel comfortable working with STEM stories, as well as find your own exclusives in your own specialism.

You’ll be supported through five expert-led training sessions tailored to your needs, a collaborative cohort workspace, and story development activities. We’ll also be encouraging and supporting all fellows to produce a story at the outlet they already work for, using their new skills. Additionally, you’ll get wider career development opportunities through the Journo Resources membership scheme.

Topics covered in the Refine Newsroom & Reporting Fellowship will be tailored to the needs of the participants but may include areas such as the climate emergency, dealing with data and numbers, understanding scientific research, and visualising complex ideas.

Support offered by our membership scheme will again be tailored to the needs of the participants but has previously included workshops on pay rises, becoming an editor, work-life balance, story generation, and much more.

The programme will be spread across three months, starting in January 2023, to make it easy and manageable to fit around your current role and responsibilities. You will leave the scheme with:

  • Increased confidence in your reporting and career trajectory;
  • New skills you can use daily in the newsroom or freelancing;
  • A broadened network across the industry; and
  • Bylines you’re proud of in the outlet(s) you already work at.

How To Apply

Applying to the Refine Newsroom & Reporting Fellowship is really simple. All you need to do is fill out this short form telling us how it would benefit you and the kinds of sessions you would be most interested in joining. Please note, you must be a working journalist to apply to this programme and you must be based in the United Kingdom.

Applications will close at 23:59pm on December 11, 2022. This is a competitive process and we are only able to support a limited number of applicants due to funding constraints. We will aim to inform all candidates of the status of their application by January 2023 at the latest.


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This scheme is kindly supported by the Association of British Science Writers, through their Science Writer Dragon’s Den. You can join the ABSW and find out more about the benefits they offer here.

If you have any questions about this scheme, please email We aim to reply within 24 hours from Monday to Friday, but please be mindful of the closing date — we are unable to accept entries after this date.

Jem Collins
Jem Collins

Jem is the founder and editor of Journo Resources. She set up the site in her bedroom in 2016 and now works on the project full-time (still from her bedroom though). She is the winner of The Georgina Henry Award, The Sutton Trust’s Alumni Award for Social Impact and WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards.

Outside of Journo Resources she has freelanced for a range of national outlets including the i Paper, and PinkNews. She is also trying to swim in every outdoor pool in the UK and look after her toothless rescue cat Swirls.