Military Veterans in Journalism educates newsrooms, journalism schools, and non-profit organizations focusing on journalism about the need to increase diversity through higher veteran representation. Learn about our members and the difference we’re making in veterans’ lives and in newsrooms nationwide.
“The Military Veterans in Journalism fellowship is a great opportunity for members who want to get involved in the industry either in digital or broadcast media. My fellowship experience at CNN allowed me to grasp an understanding of what news is covered nationally. This experience allowed me to see how essential the different roles are toward the delivery and demand of breaking news. This opportunity has given me an eye open experience of what is needed to succeed and the broadcast industry. I recommend all MVJ members to apply! Your experience won't be in vain!”
“Simply put: Military Veterans in Journalism upholds its promise to support veterans in the newsroom. I have been lucky to not only volunteer for the team, but benefit from the numerous services the organization offers.
In late Spring 2020, as I was transitioning out of the military, I had applied to almost 150 news jobs across the country. I am not ashamed to admit that prior to applying more of my time to MVJ, I received one offer, a handful of "thanks but no thanks," and countless unreturned applications. It was a situation that I had come to know was common, but not helpless.
Since then, I've had the privilege to produce work for organizations like Task & Purpose and The War Horse. I could not have done so without the connections I made through MVJ. Last year, I was selected by an independent board of journalists for an MVJ fellowship where I joined CNN as a News Associate producing graphics for TV, writing stories, etc. I recently completed an investigation into the treatment of the Army's military working horses at Ft. Myer.
Now, I am working full time for Military.com: writing stories, cutting video, and producing audio for a huge upcoming project.
I often think back to last year and the countless rejections I received. I realize how lucky I am to have MVJ's support and how honored I am to have such an amazing group of MVJ peers that are producing some equally amazing work. I am thankful for the mentors I've gained through this organization, ones that I can call at a moment's notice. And I am truly thankful for people like Zack, Russell, Rich, Sara, Devon, Babee -- so many others who spend what little free time they have to make sure people like me get a shot.”
“I wanted to know what place a military veteran has in the journalism world, thinking that surely our service would be valued in a newsroom. MVJ helped launch me into a position where, as a veteran, my experience is valued and my experience is coveted.
Through Military Veterans in Journalism, I have landed my dream job with Coffee or Die Magazine - a job where I get to tell the military story for and among others who have experienced it. I found camaraderie and support through this nonprofit I discovered through a Google search that far surpassed anything I've experienced in or out of the military. Military Veterans in Journalism saw my potential and helped me reach my goals.”
“The MVJ Fellowship was a great opportunity to get high-level news room experience and make connections in the industry that are continuing to help my career while I freelance. Beyond the fellowship, MVJ as a whole has been a huge resource for me as a young journalist trying to break into the industry. Their mentorship program has been extremely helpful considering how difficult it can be to get the right contacts to connect with newsrooms you want to work for. They make sure to pair you with people in the places you are most interested and can help you get to where you want to go. It feels reassuring knowing that there is a group dedicated to advocating for veterans and facilitating anything we need to get a leg up in a highly competitive field. Any veteran interested in journalism, or even just curious about journalism, needs to check out MVJ. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain.”
Tim was initially concerned about the outcome of the task he was undertaking, but still wanted to try. His project was a success, and he was hired by The Nevada Independent at the end of his fellowship program.
“It’s hard to overstate the impact being a member of MVJ has had on my life. When I joined, I was applying to any job I thought would take me. Now, because of the MVJ fellowship, I have a full-time job doing exactly what I want to be doing. Everyone I’ve interacted with from MVJ has been glad to lend a hand. It’s the most supportive professional organization I’ve ever been a part of.”
“When I applied to the MVJ internship with NPR, I was working nights at Home Depot, unloading tractor trailers and restocking shelves. I had applied to dozens of journalism positions leading up to and during the beginning of the pandemic, but despite having several years of experience and an Ivy League degree, I was unable to land a job. When I applied to MVJ's partner internship with NPR, my odds of being selected immediately rose from approximately 1 in 1,000 to about 1 in 40; that was almost two years ago. Since then I have been working with NPR's breaking news team on an as-needed basis, working anywhere from 12 to 20 days a month, until recently when I landed a full-time temporary position with hopes of securing a permanent position in the not-too-distant future. MVJ helped me get my foot in the door, which I believe to be the hardest part of landing any job, in an incredibly competitive career field. I couldn't be more grateful for MVJ and its staff who helped me land my dream job. They work tirelessly to help diversify America's newsrooms by placing veterans in the workplace, which not only helps veterans find quality jobs, but provides companies with some of the best employees they didn't know they needed.”
“The opportunity to get to work for NPR was an amazing experience that has opened my eyes to limitless possibilities within the career field of journalism and I don't know that I would have been able to have this experience if it weren't for MVJ. Although I was not a writer, MVJ leaders encouraged me to apply for the position. Once at NPR, I found an ecosystem that supported and facilitated me being able to work and learn from a variety of reporters and departments. I leave my MVJ internship eternally grateful to NPR for helping me to grow into a more well-rounded journalist and to MVJ for creating an avenue for veterans like myself to get that exposure within the industry.”
“The chance to work with The Washington Post gave me the opportunity to work with a team of extremely talented editors and reporters. The willingness of everyone at the organization to help out, as well as the resources available, allowed me to grow and develop as a young journalist. This program, and partnering with MVJ, also led to the exposure that got me my current role, covering the military for Task & Purpose.”
“I did everything I could to take advantage of every resource that was available to me through MVJ. I also leaned on the MVJ mentorship program, and was paired with Erin Siegal McIntyre. She was really valuable because she was the first actual journalist I had as a sounding board for stuff that seemed like decent enough ideas in my head. Any time you see an internal MVJ application for the NPR internship, the fellowships, that kind of stuff - if you’re in a position financially and career-wise that you can make that work, jump on it. I ended up being a finalist getting interviewed by organizations that I had no business working for based on my resume, just because of the fact that we have an affinity org like MVJ advocating for us and providing opportunities for us to be in a short stack of applications.”
“MVJ has been instrumental in kick-starting my career transition into journalism. They connected me with a mentor and an unbelievable number of resources. The podcasts, webinars, and availability to communicate with professionals are unmatched by any other organization. MVJ has enabled me to establish a solid journalistic foundation rapidly and provided me the opportunity to serve on the Speakers Bureau.”
“That’s one of the things I’m grateful to MVJ for. MVJ gave me options. They said, ‘Look at this. These people want military journalists in their newsrooms. Send your resume here.’ And so I’m working part-time for KUNR and I’m freelancing at Ameriforce, which means that I’m home with my kids. The only reason that I have employment with those two organizations is because MVJ reached out to them and told them that they need military veterans in their newsrooms.”
“I think [networking is] important in every field and every job hunt, but I think particularly when you’re changing or sort of switching careers. It’s really good to do networking so you can find other people who can help inform your career choices. And I think that’s why Military Veterans in Journalism is so important for building a career, because they provide that networking to help you find those critical mentors.”Meaghan ParkerExecutive Director, Society for Environmental Journalists
“As an educator myself, one of the biggest benefits of MVJ is the education element. I’m pretty committed to that aspect of journalism. I also signed up as a mentor - MVJ has so much going on.”Lori KingArmy veteran, adjunct instructor & Sword & Pen Podcast co-host
“I got a lot out of MVJ. Through MVJ I had Deon help me with the structure of my writing, which is what I needed a lot of help with. MVJ is an extremely valuable program to go through - and you don’t have to have your degree yet, you can commit to this while you’re still a student. You can do whatever you want to do, but they will put you with somebody who’s gonna guide you along the way. Excellent organization.”Dave BruceMVJ Member
“More than a safety net, [MVJ is] like we are with a safe group of people to move us and raise the floor constantly. I think what we can do… it’s better than a safety net. We’re moving each other forward."”Jasper LoFact Checker, The New Yorker
“MVJ is very encouraging! When I’m out of the military, I’m not as scared because of you guys! I know I can get a job.”Briana Cespedes