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Military Veterans in Journalism and the USA TODAY Network Launch Paid Fellowships for Military Veteran Journalists

March 27, 2024 – Military Veterans in Journalism (MVJ) announced today a new partnership with Gannett to launch the 2024 USA TODAY Network Military Veterans Fellowship Program. This program offers four paid fellowships designed to employ more veterans as journalists within the national USA TODAY Network.

Gannett, the largest media company in the United States, has a rich history spanning several decades. Renowned for its commitment to delivering trusted, fact-based news, Gannett operates a diverse portfolio of media outlets across the country including its flagship national publication, USA TODAY, and over 200 local publications across the country. Gannett continuously emphasizes the significance of unbiased reporting and journalistic integrity.
“Gannett is excited to announce the 2024 USA TODAY Network Military Veterans Fellowship Program launch in partnership with Military Veterans in Journalism,” said Samantha Howland, Chief People Officer at Gannett. “Gannett and the Military Forward Employee Resource Group understand the value of military veterans and recognize their unique perspectives, professional experiences, and diversity of thought enhance our business and the communities we serve.”

As part of this effort, MVJ and Gannett will select four military veteran journalists for paid fellowships within the USA TODAY Network. This opportunity is perfect for veterans who are up-and-coming journalists seeking to receive six months of paid journalistic employment and growing their skills and connections within a national network of publications.

Ideal fellowship candidates will have some experience reporting and writing on deadline prior to entering the program. Candidates should be interested in a professional career covering both local and national stories in an unbiased manner. Fellows will also participate in MVJ’s mentorship program during their fellowship.

“Military Veterans in Journalism is proud to partner with Gannett on this initiative to employ vets within the USA TODAY Network,” said Zack Baddorf, MVJ’s Executive Director. “This collaboration will provide a great opportunity for veterans to jumpstart their journalism careers and grow within a local news environment. Participation in these fellowships will ensure the selected military veteran journalists develop skills essential to their ongoing success in the journalism field.”

For more information on the program and positions available, visit:


About Gannett
Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is a diversified media company with expansive reach at the national and local level dedicated to empowering and enriching communities. We seek to inspire, inform, and connect audiences as a scalable, growth focused media and digital marketing solutions company. We endeavor to deliver essential content, marketing solutions, and experiences for curated audiences, advertisers, consumers, and stakeholders by leveraging our diverse teams and suite of products to enrich the local communities and businesses we serve. Our current portfolio of trusted media brands includes the USA TODAY NETWORK, comprised of the national publication, USA TODAY, and local media organizations in the United States, and Newsquest, a wholly-owned subsidiary operating in the United Kingdom. Our digital marketing solutions brand, LocaliQ, uses innovation and software to enable small and medium-sized businesses to grow, and USA TODAY NETWORK Ventures, our events division, creates impactful consumer engagements, promotions, and races.

About Military Veterans In Journalism
Military Veterans in Journalism is a professional association that builds community for vets, supports their career growth, and advocates for diversifying newsrooms through hiring and promoting more vets. Led and run by a dedicated corps of military veterans and military family members, we are working with newsrooms and other non-profit organizations to create opportunities for vets to get a jump start in the media industry. Whether through internships, fellowships or mentorships, our work has created a pipeline to get vets into newsrooms.

Gannett | USA TODAY Network
Lark-Marie Anton
Chief Communications Officer
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Military Veterans in Journalism
Devon Lancia
Partnerships Director
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