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Work with Arizona's only LGBTQ+ news outlet dedicated to impactful journalism for the queer community,


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LOOKOUT is seeking an accountability public health fellow to cover the state’s LGBTQ+ community for a five-month contract. 

The fellow will be required to write, at minimum, one story a month covering queer public health problems, solutions, and experiences for topics including, but not limited to, medical access, mental health, environmental health, and housing. Pay for the fellowship is $7,500 disbursed monthly over the course of five months as a 1099-contracted reporter. There is no required weekly time commitment, but stories are expected to be nuanced, data- or records-driven, and have a focus on accountability or solutions.

This position is an early career role that will work closely with the Editor in Chief in weekly one-on-ones to build monthly stories that can be used to add into the fellow’s portfolio by the end of the five-months. The fellow will get the opportunity to do community-building and storytelling within a population that is historically under-covered and distrustful of current media and will get invaluable skill sets in trust and source-building. 

Our publication is one of the nation’s only investigative and accountability-driven nonprofit news outlets focused exclusively on queer stories and experiences. Our mission is to prove the urgency of LGBTQ+ stories by making queer, in-depth journalism above the fold and top of the page. We do that by telling nuanced, in-depth, fact-driven stories that are relevant to queer people while also educating those outside the community on the queer experience. 

LOOKOUT values applicants who have lived queer experience, but it is not a requirement for the job. We are committed to a diverse, inclusive workplace and encourage qualified applicants of all backgrounds to apply. 

Qualifications and expectations:A solid journalism foundation and a willingness to think outside the box on complex data problems. We don’t expect you to be an expert, but we want you to be able to be a good problem solver and communicator in cases where you’re stuck. This is a fully remote position, with occasional in-person meetings with the Editor in Chief. 


  • Must be able to perform in-person interviews across Arizona. 
  • Knowledge of LGBTQ+ public health issues.
  • Solid news judgment and media fluency.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write stories.
  • Strong knowledge of AP style. 
  • The passion and drive to cover local communities. 

In their time at LOOKOUT, the fellow can work on a limited series or individual stories. This is a grant-funded position by Vitalyst Health Foundation with an expectation of five stories, minimum. Fellows can produce more, if time allows, and might be asked to write small summaries of their work for our weekly newsletter. 

Please email three to five clips (or a portfolio website), as well as a resume and a few paragraphs on what you’d want your focus to be on. (Don’t worry, you don’t have to stick to it if hired. We just want to see your thoughts.) Send to LOOKOUT Editor in Chief Joseph Darius Jaafari at: Applications are open through December 22, 2023, and interviews will start in the first week of January 2024 for a start date at the end of January, 2024.

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