Storyteller in Residence

Editorial Sacramento, California


McClatchy New Ventures Lab is offering temporary employment opportunities for creators who want to explore the potential of nonfiction, 3D storytelling through our Storytellers in Residence program. You can read more about the program here.

Applications are open to individuals and teams of two. For those applying in teams, each team member must submit their own application.

We are looking for a combination of journalism, technology and art/design skills, along with a vision for immersive nonfiction storytelling and a passion for learning new things. You have experience producing, developing, designing and/or shipping visual products on deadline. Previous AR/VR experience is a huge plus, but not a requirement. No traditional journalism experience? That's OK — but a deep respect for journalism or nonfiction content is a must. 

Application Instructions

In your cover letter, please answer the following questions:

  • What would you want to get out of this program?
  • What’s your superpower? What do you have that no one else could bring to the exploration of a new medium?
  • What aspects of 3D storytelling are you most curious about exploring and why?
  • What excites you most about the future of immersive storytelling?
  • What skills and experiences have prepared you to produce 3D immersive experiences? Provide links to a portfolio or work samples with a description of what you contributed. Be sure to share any projects that demonstrate your ability to innovate in nonfiction storytelling and/or immersive media (especially with photogrammetry or other 3D capture techniques, game engines or other AR/VR assembly tools, 3D graphics software and/or volumetric video production.)
  • If applying with a teammate, include your teammate's name and tell us if you've previously worked together on a project.

Priority deadline: 

Submit your application by Aug 9.

About McClatchy New Ventures Lab

New Ventures Lab in Sacramento is a place where creators come together to advance nonfiction video storytelling. The space is a destination for journalism and technology communities from McClatchy and beyond to collaborate and create work for distribution on emerging platforms. We also produce special projects in collaboration with McClatchy newsrooms located around the U.S.

Residencies are led by McClatchy New Ventures Lab in Sacramento, but Storytellers could be embedded in newsrooms in locations such as Charlotte, Kansas City or Miami to facilitate collaboration. 

Our culture and expectations

As a Storyteller in Residence, your experience will kick off in September with a boot camp covering design thinking, journalistic standards, the tech stack, immersive audiences and distribution. In the weeks that follow, you will prototype your project, gather user feedback, publish content distributed to audiences and explore options for monetization. 

You’ll also be involved in our network development and community building. Both areas are crucial to our success and growth. Activities will include -- but not be limited to -- contributing to our blog, social media and newsletter and participating in screenings, social events and workshops hosted by McClatchy New Ventures Lab or in conjunction with our technology partners on both the local and industry-wide level.

This is a roll-up-your-sleeves start-up environment, where traditional lines between roles may blur as the team focuses on perfecting the experience. If you’re a motivated individual who has a passion for collaborating with others to bring new ideas to life, you’ll fit right in.  

The fine print

Storytellers will be paid a competitive salary for the duration of the program and be eligible for full benefits (medical, dental and vision) after 60 days.  After the program, Storytellers may be hired as regular, full-time employees; however full-time employment is not guaranteed. 

All employees must adhere to McClatchy’s Code of Business Conduct & Ethics.  McClatchy will retain ownership of all work produced on company time and using company equipment and resources.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States during the entirety of the program.

You must have a valid driver's license and high school diploma. Employment is contingent on successfully passing a background check and drug screening. 

Storytellers in Residence will not receive a housing stipend; however, we will assist in finding housing locally.