Journalism Internships, Scholarships, Conferences & Awards

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Internships

Entertainment Intern, BuzzFeed, Los Angeles

“BuzzFeed’s Entertainment section is looking for an entertainment and pop-culture obsessive for a full-time paid internship in the Los Angeles office. The person will work closely with BuzzFeed entertainment staff on research, content creation, and idea generation. The ideal candidate will have some experience writing, reporting, and researching at a previous media internship or school newspaper. This is an excellent opportunity to work on a fast-paced site and add clips to a portfolio.”

Assistant to New York Menswear Editor, NYC

“WGSN was launched in 1998 as a trend forecasting service for the fashion and design industries, providing trend forecasting and analysis to the largest and most influential businesses in the world. Today, WGSN is the world’s leading fashion forecaster, with over 300 editorial and design staff in offices throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America and the Middle East.  The New York WGSN office is looking for a summer intern to assist the NY Menswear Editor.”

Food Writing Intern, First We Feast, NYC

“Complex’s food and lifestyle site, First We Feast (www.firstwefeast.com), is hiring interns to start immediately. This is an opportunity to be part of a young, rapidly-growing new website while also gaining access to the established online and print expertise of Complex Media.  Candidates should be confident writers who are comfortable working quickly and efficiently on tight deadlines. Your responsibilities will include writing blog posts, sourcing images, fact-checking, and helping with social media strategy.”

Editorial Intern, Infectious Magazine, Virtual

“Infectious Magazine is an online publication which highlights exceptional local and national bands through the coverage of daily news, interviews, live reviews, album reviews, and photos. It is our mission to not only aid readers in further falling in love with their favorite band, but introduce them to new, exciting acts, and keep the music scene alive.  We are currently seeking an editorial intern to assist in editing and publishing news posts for our website, http://www.InfectiousMagazine.com.”

Editorial Intern, Mother Earth Magazine, Topeka

“An internship with MOTHER EARTH NEWS offers an excellent opportunity to work with and learn from experienced editors, writers and media professionals. You also will gain valuable experience in producing a national magazine and its Web content. Specific duties for this paid, part-time internship include research, writing, proofreading and clerical responsibilities. Internships are only available on-site in our Topeka, Kansas office.”

Graphic Design Intern, Channel 7 Boston, Boston

“Art school students or those majoring in Graphic Design or Advertising Design with basic skills and a clear understanding of design terminology will handle a range of duties and responsibilities acting as a design assistant to the various designers in the department.”

Sports Correspondent, isportsweb, Virtual (I think)

“Interns at isportsweb.com will be assigned to cover a sports beat for a team they have interest in.  As that team’s correspondent, interns are expected to generate multiple stories per week about that team.  These stories can and should be opinionated, and we give our writers freedom to pick topics they find relevant to their particular team.”

Bilingual Newsroom Intern, KMGH-TV, Denver

“Bilingual News Internships program gives students real-world experience and provides a unique insight into newsroom operations for Azteca America in Denver, CO. This includes learning alongside newsroom management, reporters, photographers, producers and assignment desk editors.”

Job

Web Editor, Yale Environment 360, New Haven

“Yale Environment 360, an award-winning online magazine based at Yale University, is seeking a Web Editor to oversee the day-to-day operations of the website. The Web Editor’s responsibilities include finding and creating photo/multimedia packages; preparing articles and images for the content management system; copy editing and proofreading; writing short articles and items; promoting the site via social networks and elsewhere; and serving as general operations manager.”

Awards

2013 Online Journalism Awards

“Online journalists, digital news organizations and students worldwide can apply for an award.  The Online News Association (ONA) and the University of Miami School of Communication are accepting entries for the 2013 Online Journalism Awards recognizing excellence in digital reporting.  This year, ONA is incorporating non-English entries into all categories, which include: breaking news, planned news/events, explanatory reporting, topical reporting, online commentary, feature, student projects, technical innovation, innovative investigative journalism, watchdog journalism, public service and general excellence in online journalism.”

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The College Confessions craze has reached new levels of candor and sheer lunacy. As individuals who have been anywhere near academia the past few semesters are aware, students are increasingly anonymously sharing their anxieties, flaws, private thoughts, and real and fantasy crushes on Facebook pages and Twitter feeds sporting rabid (if short-lived) fan-bases.

The latest iteration is set so far in England.  Apparently, students at a rash of UK universities have set up “Rate Your Shag” Facebook pages in recent days.  Their aim: engaging fellow students to share stories of past sexual conquests and offer numerical scores based on how well they feel they went.  The kicker: In some cases, students name their real/alleged sexual partners, even those they give poor scores.  The principal instructions for the sordid affair: “Name them, shame them, and if you must, praise them.

A sample entry: “Poor effort. you obv think you’re doing a great job.  Shouting ‘I’M SO GOOD AT THIS’ never helps.  I did enjoy the location though.  Better luck next time 2/10.”

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The pages have acquired massive followings in a very short time.  For example, 8,000 devotees recently flocked to a Newcastle University “Rate Your Shag” Facebook page. University administrators and online authorities have also quickly pounced on the pages, shutting them down in most cases and also threatening legal action.

A British legal eagle: “The courts have made clear that information about a person’s sex life is very much private.  That’s also the case even if whats being posted . . . is untrue.  They would still be able to bring a complaint.”

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Cressida Peever, a student at Durham University, is not a fan of the phenomenon.  As she writes in The Palatinate, Durham’s student newspaper, “Just as sex should be consensual for both parties, so should the sharing of information regarding it.  It is one thing to share a cheeky detail with friends.  It is another thing entirely to belittle or berate a previous (let alone current) sexual partner on the Internet. . . . This page [for Durham students] is not funny.  At best, it will be a source of shallow amusement for friends to chide each other.  At worst, it is offensive, hurtful and embarrassing that members of our university can follow such a disgusting trend.”

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Are high school student newspapers disappearing en masse?  In a full-on “ink is drying up” rundown earlier this week, The New York Times documented the startling, sudden lack of student papers at New York City public high schools.

According to the Times, “The student newspaper has long been a cherished tradition at many of the nation’s top high schools, one that allowed students to take initiative and hone their writing skills while absorbing lessons in ethics and responsibility. . . . [T]he decline of these newspapers in recent years is not a loss only for schools, but also for an industry that is fighting for survival.”

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I would add to that Times snippet: This decline– if not supplanted by digital news offerings– would also be a huge loss for college media and higher ed. journalism programs.  A student news shortage in the scholastic ranks could have as big an impact on collegemediatopia as the long-term debilitating effects of the Hazelwood decision.  (If you recall my late February Poynter piece— “We are raising a generation of sheep.”)

Now, New York City’s scholastic press troubles are certainly troubling on their own. But is the Big Apple’s student paper shrinkage a genuine problem of national proportions?

To help provide perspective, I solicited the thoughts of Kelly Furnas, an assistant professor of journalism at Kansas State University and the executive director of the Journalism Education Association— the country’s “largest scholastic journalism organization for teachers and advisers.”  (Shameless plug alert: He is also a contributor to Journalism of Ideas.)

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Furnas: “I haven’t seen any evidence to suggest that there’s a connection between the newspaper industry’s profit margins and the state of high school journalism programs.  However, this article looks at a segment of high schools– especially those in low-income areas– that have the hardest time maintaining elective or extra-curricular activities.  You could have just as easily replaced ‘student newspaper’ with ‘foreign language classes’ or ‘arts’ and the article probably would have read the same way.

“There are a ton of variables that affect the viability of a student newspaper, and finances are certainly part of the equation.  While sometimes advertising helps support student newspapers, staffs also fund printing through fundraisers, sponsorships, state support, and booster programs.  Unfortunately, those schools in areas where advertising sales are challenging also are going to struggle with those other funding models, too.

“However, I’d argue the most dangerous threat to a journalism program is the turnover of teachers in those schools.  Teaching journalism can be an especially stressful, time-intensive and lonely position, and the lack of support can be a real threat to their longevity.  Without a steady hand overseeing a journalism program, small problems can suddenly become major threats to the newspaper’s existence.”

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Six Things Your Student News Outlet is Not Doing Online

A picture posted on Twitter caught my eye this afternoon, and then made me laugh aloud, respectfully.  It’s an image of the opinion page from the last issue of the semester published by The Trail Blazer at Morehead State University.  A spirited editorial on the left flank about journalistic integrity is aligned oh-so-wonderfully with an editorial cartoon showing a student reacting to “the horrors of finals week” in full rage comic fashion.  And the capper is an oh-by-the-way headline about a deadly poison directly beneath that reaction.

Juxtaposition is everything.  Enjoy.

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How would you feel if the Spinnaker became a glossy-print magazine?  It is the second question on a survey for University of North Florida students, faculty, and staff aimed at eliciting outside feedback in preparation for the Spinnaker’s potential shift from a weekly newspaper to a monthly newsmagazine.

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As Folio Weekly reports, “The tentative plan for publishing a magazine would call for 10 monthly issues– including two double issues– beginning in Fall 2013.  ‘People can expect more investigative news pieces and longer and more in-depth feature pieces,’ if the student publication makes the change, [editor-in-chief Jacob] Harn said.”

According to Spinnaker adviser John Timpe, 10,000 to 12,000 copies of each monthly mag would be printed– compared to the current 4,000-print run for the weekly paper.

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Front page of a November 2012 Spinnaker.

As Folio Weekly confirms, the Spinnaker’s student mag inspirations: Distraction at the University of Miami and Ampersand, produced by The Red & Black at the University of Georgia.

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A cartoon satirizing Islam in an Australian student newspaper has triggered censorship, press coverage, and “a flurry of activity” in the land of Oz.

The faux infographic appeared on the backpage of a recent edition of Woroni, the campus paper at Australian National University.  According to editors, the Islam-focused illustration was “the fifth in a series that satirized facets of different religions; [also featuring] chronologically, Catholicism, Scientology, Mormonism, and Judaism.”

Cartoon critics– including some international students– “condemned the piece as insulting and offensive to Islam and to religion in general.”

ANU officials meanwhile “felt that it actually breached the rules of the university in terms of student conduct and . . . the rules of at least the Australian Press Council principles to which Woroni abides.”  They were also at least slightly concerned about a violent response from individuals outside the campus community, along with it serving as a pinprick to the university’s standing as diversity-friendly.

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Amid these concerns, the ANU leadership has forced Woroni editors to publicly apologize and remove the page featuring the cartoon from the issue’s online archives. Hmm.

In addition, according to editors, “the Woroni board was twice summoned to [a top administrator’s office], individually threatened with disciplinary action along with the authors of the piece, and informed that Woroni’s funding allocation could be compromised.”  Double hmm.

A Woroni editor says it is the first time officials have adopted “such an active role in disciplining us and saying what we can and can’t publish.”

Three larger questions prompted by ANU officials’ actions and not-so-subtle threats: Should individual students ever be punished for the work of student media as a whole? How should admins. with limited or no journalism experience judge the actual and perceived inappropriateness of student press content?  And how and when– if ever– should they intervene in the editorial process?

An editor’s note in the Woroni: “Woroni regularly features material that is challenging, and even at times confronting.  By their very nature, universities are forums to critique ideas and beliefs. University newspapers– as a platform for students– should ideally reflect this role. . . . The editors hope that Woroni will continue to be a platform for discussion and criticism.  However, from this experience we have learnt the importance of balance and tact when dealing with highly sensitive issues.”

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“If a venture capitalist gave you $750,000 to start a media company on this campus, what would you build?”

In April 2011, not long after he began his tenure as publisher of The Daily Emerald at the University of Oregon– since rebranded the Emerald Media Group– Ryan Frank posed this purposefully provocative question to the student staff.

In part, Frank’s aim with the $750,000 question was to inspire students to begin redefining how they plan, produce, and present journalism and to reinvent what it means to be a college media outlet.

As Frank told me a few weeks ago, “That was the first push we had to say, ‘Forget what we’ve done for 112 years.  Pretend you’re starting from scratch. You’ve got VC money.  You’re running a startup.  What would you build?'”

Over the next 13 months, the early ideas stemming from that question– and many free-flowing newsroom conversations that followed– dramatically evolved.  Their endpoint was a fully-realized, uber-researched, focus-group-tested, board-approved plan for an Emerald unlike any that had come before.  Exactly one year ago today– May 23, 2012– the staff went public with their reinvention MO and what they dubbed “the start of a new era, the digital one.”  Their one-word summation of the initiative: Revolution.

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At present, 365 days after its premiere, I can excitedly confirm: the Revolution has been a rousing success.  Over the past academic year, the Emerald’s innovative efforts have been immense, frequent, and fearless.  The staff’s spirit of collaboration, lean startup style moxie, and idea development have been NONSTOP and so audacious the news, marketing, and tech teams deserve a Pulitzer for Whiteboard Brainstorming. And their push to greatly expand the breadth and depth of what it means to be a student journalist and student newspaper is so awe-inspiring it makes me smile just thinking about it.

At this moment, within the land of collegemediatopia, there is nothing quite like the Emerald.  In the press landscape today, I can think of no greater compliment.

In fact, the Emerald is so cutting edge it makes this (admittedly informal) award outdated.  I am honoring what I consider to be the best college newspaper of the past academic year.  But the post-revolution Emerald is no longer just a newspaper. It hasn’t been since 11:59 p.m. PST, May 22, 2012.  At midnight on the day that followed, it morphed into a full-blown, much more wide-ranging media company with a gigantic, noble mission: “to make college better.”

On a special site erected to honor the Revolution’s one-year anniversary, staff describe 5.23.2012 as simply “the day everything changed.”

Sharing that sentiment, I do believe the Emerald is changing college media greatly, for the better– setting a foundation for how to more richly report and share news; how to unleash digital journalism’s potential; how to generate revenue; how to structure staff; how to mesh marketing, advertising, events planning, tech tinkering, and pure journalism; how to merge professional and student staff; and how to remind readers of student journalism’s sexiness and significance.

During an exclusive chat with me last night, incoming and outgoing Emerald editors-in-chief Andy Rossback and Sam Stites shared their perspectives on the Emerald’s accomplishments over the past year, laid out some plans for next year, and offered advice for student news teams looking to follow in their innovative stead. [Click on the play button in the audio track below to listen to the interview in full.]

Interview: Emerald editors Andy Rossback & Sam Stites

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At the end of the chat, Rossback summed up the Emerald staff’s stellar work ethic– and its link to the place they call home.  In his words:

All of us here really identify as Oregonians.  We identify with the pioneer spirit . . . the Oregon Trail and coming out West, searching for the edge of the world.  That’s really what we’re trying to do in our own way.  It’s kind of like Oregon’s football team.  It’s a flash of innovation and speed. And it’s everything about being an Oregonian or a Pacific Northwesterner. We love trying really hard and working really hard to come up with the best thing that we can.  We like to impress ourselves every day.  We try to impress each other.  And [the element of] surprise is, I think, probably my favorite part of working at the Emerald– walking into a room and people are talking about something that is totally next level.  I love working in an environment like that.  I think it’s probably a similar feeling to how [world-famous distance runner] Steve Prefontaine felt running around the track at Oregon or around Eugene or around Coos Bay.  His quote, I’ll read it for you here in close.  It says, “How does a kid from Coos Bay with one leg longer than the other win races? All my life people have been telling me, ‘You’re too small, Pre.’  You’re not fast enough, Pre.  Give up your foolish dream, Steve.’  But they forgot something.  I HAVE TO WIN.”  That’s hanging right above my computer screen.  Right next to a picture of Steve Jobs that says, “I want to put a ding in the universe.”

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