Who we are

In our interconnected world, journalism needs to deliver common facts to divergent audiences. Our biggest stories, and greatest crises, are now global: from climate change to pandemics, rising inequality to supply chain disruption, political instability to the influence of social media. Yet global trust in the media is at an all-time low. This moment requires a new approach.

Enter Semafor. We are a team of deeply-experienced journalists and media professionals laser focused on providing a global audience with an unparalleled level of journalistic transparency; through innovative new forms, cutting through the noise of the news cycle with smart, distilled views, and exploring competing perspectives across borders.

Join us and help build a global news platform you can trust.

About the Role


We’re looking for an early-career journalist with business or economic reporting experience to fill a paid position as a Business Newsroom Fellow, working closely with Semafor’s New York-based Business and Finance Editor and DC-based Senior Editor to help research and produce its business newsletter.  The position would entail carrying out research and administrative tasks, including writing fixtures and creating charts for the newsletter and helping build, produce, and publish it on deadline. Fellows may also be tasked from time to time to work on original stories, as well as on business breaking news, including in Semafor’s Signals format. The journalist may also need to help out across Semafor’s other coverage verticals, which run the gamut, covering geopolitics, climate change, technology, science, culture, business and finance, and American politics.

Ideal candidates would be self-starters, keen to get involved in a growing newsroom, and contribute in any and all ways, including administrative tasks, research, producing newsletters, and creating data visualizations to accompany our publications. Knowledge of, and experience in, business journalism is essential, including the ability to read a balance sheet and familiarity with Edgar.  They should also ideally be able to work with S&P Capital IQ, Bloomberg or Factset; some training may be available, although candidates should bring some core skills and experience with those tools to the position. 


The position is based in New York City or Washington, D.C. The Newsroom Fellow will report to the Business & Finance Editor. Candidates will be asked to complete a writing exercise as part of the interview process, and must retain the right to work where they live. 

Your responsibilities

  • Provide critical admin, production, research, and other logistical support for Semafor’s business vertical and newsletter.
  • Stay on top of business news issues to be able to identify topics of most interest to readers.
  • Provide a daily recap of key business headlines to assist in planning breaking coverage and newsletter production. 
  • Collaborate closely with the rest of Editorial work seamlessly across all of Semafor, and contribute to other products as they are developed.
  • Work with the Business & Finance Editor and Senior Editor to manage the production and logistics of the business newsletter.
  • Where necessary, working with the Breaking News Editor to write business news Signals for a globally aware and sophisticated audience

What makes you qualified

  • A minimum of two year’s experience in business journalism.
  • Ability to work independently to research, report, and write about business topics.
  • An understanding of, and ability to read a balance sheet.
  • Familiarity with Edgar. 
  • Knowledge of S&P Capital IQ, Bloomberg or Factset would be an asset.
  • A willingness to take on a variety of tasks and responsibilities
  • A broad reading list across conventional and unconventional sources
  • An eagerness to be part of a dynamic work environment demanding initiative, flexibility, and a willingness to jump in wherever needed to help the team succeed


  • $50,000 to $75,000 on an annualized basis.

Additional job details

Comprehensive employee benefits: unlimited PTO, medical, dental, vision, short & long-term disability, flexible spending, health savings accounts, life insurance, 401(k), pre-Tax commuter benefits. (Benefits programs vary by country and are subject to eligibility requirements)

Semafor, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and enthusiastically encourages people from all backgrounds and experiences to apply. Semafor, Inc. will consider all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical and/or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law

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