Inside the Program

About the Fox News Ailes Junior Reporters Program:

The Ailes Junior Reporters Program launched in 2011 and was created to fulfill Roger Ailes’ ongoing mission to invest in young talent. The program creates a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for aspiring broadcast journalists at the #1 cable news network in the country. It is a two-year training program, made up of the best and brightest graduates from the Fox News College Associate Program and entry-level candidates from around the country who are embarking on their careers in the multi-media news industry. The program is designed to build a pipeline for the next generation of talented, hard-working broadcast journalists.

The Junior Reporters are one-man-bands with state-of-the-art newsgathering equipment, strategically located around the country. They enhance Fox News’ newsgathering capabilities and have the ability to go live virtually anywhere, anytime, with portable P2 cameras, laptop editors, backpacks with live streaming capability, iPhones and satellite phones. They contribute a steady flow of content for, and as they evolve into experienced, multi-platform journalists.

Upcoming Reporter locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada
Jackson, Mississippi
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
El Paso, Texas
Columbia, South Carolina

The program has multiple benefits for the reporters and the Fox News brand. Having boots on the ground strengthens newsgathering and the ability to cover live breaking news in more regions. It also increases our news output with a variety of content including political news, small business profiles, feature stories, and general assignment reporting.

For an aspiring reporter, the Fox News Ailes Junior Reporters Program is a rare and exciting opportunity. Where else can you start your career in journalism, learning from the best in the business while on the national news stage?

At the program’s start, the Junior Reporters visit Fox News’ New York City headquarters for an intensive week-long training and orientation session. The Junior Reporters meet with senior executives to learn the mission and editorial standards of the network, receive hands-on technical training on the industry’s most cutting-edge equipment and get pointers on everything from their voices to how to style themselves in the field. At the conclusion of the NYC trip, Junior Reporters are dispatched to their locations with a solid foundation for success.

Junior Reporters receive daily guidance and feedback from NYC management. Whether it’s an assignment manager reviewing daily pitches, a senior vice president evaluating production and writing skills or a veteran correspondent critiquing storytelling, Fox News challenges the Junior Reporters to continually hone their journalistic skills and capabilities. In order to make this program successful, we’re looking for exceptional candidates who have a natural affinity for story-telling, a strong work ethic and passion to succeed.

Click APPLY to learn more about how you can become the next Fox News Ailes Junior Reporter.


Our Trailer

Well Equipped!

A behind-the-scenes look at what our Junior Reporters are using to gather news as it happens and function as high-end, one-man-bands in the field.

Drill Time!

Bill Hemmer gives us an inside look at how the Junior Reporters learn what it's really like to go live in a breaking news situation. Plus, Bill explains why working on the basics and sticking to the facts are the keys to being good at your job.

Becoming a Reporter

Jennifer Griffin talks love of news, journalism and why it's critical to take advantage of every opportunity. Plus, she reveals what it really takes to pave a career in broadcast journalism and stay on the cutting-edge.

Reporting in a Crisis

Shepard Smith speaks honestly about covering events that affect people's lives and reveals what's expected of a Junior Reporter on the scene. Plus, Shep talks one-on-one with Garrett Tenney on site at the Mississippi flood zone.