December 31, 2008

TV reporter @ Philly station

WCAU-TV, NBC's affiliate in Philadelphia, is seeking a general assignment reporter for its newscast. Minimum of two years experience required.

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December 30, 2008

$1,500 prizes for college and high school journalists

The Newspaper Guild awards a $500 prize for a high school student and a $1,500 prize for a college student in recognition of "reporting that promotes issues of importance to working people and that contributes to the pursuit of justice and fairness." The deadline for the David S. Barr Awards is the last Friday of January.

-Mark Grabowski

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December 28, 2008

Paid internships @ D.C. wire service

Catholic News Service, a Washington-based daily international news service for Catholic and other publications in the U.S., Canada and 60 other countries, is offering paid summer internships.

Internships typically run from mid-May to early August; but dates are flexible. Pay is $12-plus an hour. No housing provided but every effort is made to help interns find suitable housing.

Typical duties include covering press conferences and Capitol Hill briefings, doing phone interviews and writing breaking news and feature stories. Main focus will be national news, but will help out occasionally on international desk and photo desk, in library/archives and with weekly and biweekly publications CNS produces, including Origins. Opportunities to use Spanish skills. Some evening/weekend assignments. Knowledge about the Catholic Church and interest in religion news helpful, but not required.

Application deadline is mid-February. For more information contact Julie Asher at (202) 541-3266. E-mail resume and clips to; or write to her at: CNS, 3211 Fourth St. NE, Washington DC 20017-1100. CNS's web site is at:

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L.A. Daily News seeks freelance sports writers

Los Angeles Daily News, a 160,000-circulation newspaper, is seeking freelance sports writers.

"Our focus centers on high school and community sports and knowledge of local teams is a plus," the sports editor states. "Freelancers will produce regular game coverage, notebooks, features, trend pieces and enterprise stories."

E-mail cover letter, resume and 6-8 work samples to

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December 27, 2008

Paid internship @ Reuters Tokyo bureau

Reuters seeks student journalists with a passion for breaking news to work as paid interns in its Tokyo newsroom during the summer of 2009.

"There is nothing like the constant deadline of a news agency to hone your reporting and writing skills," the ad states. "The 10-week internships are a crash course in hands-on business, political and general news reporting. A Reuters internship offers student journalists a global audience of leading media outlets, financial decision-makers and savvy Internet readers with a potential audience of a billion people."

Candidates should have a strong ability to write in English and native or near-native fluency in Japanese. They should be a college senior or graduate student with a background in journalism and an interest in business news writing. Preference will be given to candidates with the right to work in Japan and who plan to base themselves in Tokyo for the summer.

The deadline to apply is March 31, 2009. Apply online ( or e-mail your application to Attach cover letter, resume and news clippings in English.

While there is no guarantee of future employment at the end of the internship, Reuters notes that it has a track record of retaining the best of its summer interns.

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Freelancers @ San Fernando biz paper

The San Fernando Valley Business Journal seeks freelance reporters to cover local business news in the bi-weekly newspaper’s circulation area that includes the San Fernando, Santa Clarita, Antelope, Conejo and Simi valleys.

Story assignments will include both breaking news and feature stories. Compensation depends on difficulty of assignment. E-mail resume and cover letter to

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December 26, 2008

Chicago Tribune seeks freelancers

The Chicago Tribune's metro desk is seeking writers with beat and feature experience for freelance assignments in Chicago.

"Candidates must have a daily newspaper background and provide 4-5 clips," the ad states. "The best candidates will suggest some store ideas focused on city neighborhoods and include hours they are available for assignments."

Send resume and clips to: Chicago Zone Editor, Chicago Tribune, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.

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Norwich (Conn.) Bulletin seeks casino reporter

The Norwich Bulletin, a 27,000-circulation daily newspaper in Eastern Connecticut, is seeking freelance reporters to cover the world's two largest casinos and the tribes that run them.

E-mail cover letter, resume and clips to

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December 25, 2008

H.S. journalism contest on safe driving

The Allstate Foundation is offering a $3,500 cash prize to high school students for writing an article about smart driving and having it published in their school paper.

"High school journalists can use their skills to make a difference and create awareness about the No. 1 killer of teens: car crashes," the contest advertisement states.

Deadline for submissions is March 6, 2009.

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December 24, 2008

Paid internships @ Wichita Eagles

The Wichita Eagle, a 90,000-circulation daily newspaper in Kansas, is offering paid summer internships for students currently enrolled in college and who will be enrolled again during the 2009-10 academic year.

Pay is $400 per week. Internships are 10 weeks, with flexible start dates and end dates. Help finding housing is available.

Deadline is January 2. Send a cover letter, resume and five to seven clips of your best work. For photography and design candidates, send a CD of your material. All candidates must include three references.

Direct your application package to: Tom Shine, Deputy Editor/News, The Wichita Eagle, P.O. Box 820, Wichita, KS 67201-0820. For more info, contact Shine at 316-268-6268, or e-mail him at

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Paid internships @ BusinessWeek

BusinessWeek, a 1 million-circulation business magazine, is offering full-time paid internships this summer in its New York office.

The 12-week positions pay up to $15 per hour along with overtime ($600 per 40 hour work week). They are open to college and graduate students. Editorial internships are available in several departments, including: Lifestyle, Technology, Business Schools, International, Innovation, Small Business, Investing/Finance and News.

E-mail cover letter, resume, two references, and three bylined clips or writing samples to:
Adrienne Carter, Finance Editor at BusinessWeek,

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December 23, 2008

Seeking your comments for journalism book

I’m under contract with a popular career guide publisher to write a book on how to become a journalist in the Digital Age.

The book is for students and entry-level job seekers. It focuses on what skills, education, training, experience, etc. will be necessary to land a good job and be a successful journalist in the coming 5-10 years. The release date is this spring.

I want to hear from working journalists, media company recruiters and career services staff on stuff like: What types of jobs are out there? What types of jobs have been scaled back? What sort of jobs will there be in the future? Realistically, what kinds of jobs can someone get right out of college? What skills do young journalists need and where can they get training? What can young journalists do to make themselves standout among other interns or staff? Do you have one piece of advice that new journalists shouldn’t live without?

Please e-mail your response to book[at]

-Mark Grabowski

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Newark Star-Ledger seeks 20 entry-level reporters

To help fill holes left by a recent mass exodus of staffers via buyout, the Newark Star-Ledger is reportedly looking to immediately hire 20 interns to serve at least one year as bureau reporters. The 373,000-circulation daily newspaper located next to Manhattan is also expected to expand its copy-editing internships, Crain's New York Business reported.

The full-time positions pay about $17 per hour (which would work out to $35,000 per year for a full-time job) and include limited benefits.

The newspaper lists Chanta Jackson as its internship coordinator. She can be reached at

-Mark Grabowski

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December 22, 2008

Entry-level reporter @ Maclean's

Maclean's, a 500,000-circulation weekly magazine that covers Canadian politics, pop culture and events, offers one-year paid internships beginning in May.

These reporting positions are based in Toronto and pays $22,500.

"Interns are full-time entry-level journalists who attend story meetings and pitch ideas for publication along with other members of the editorial staff, as well as research, report and write stories for the print magazine and the website," the hiring editor says. "Interns are expected to contribute to larger efforts such as special projects and cover articles."

Maclean’s will accept applications from January until March 15. Mail or fax a cover letter, resumé (including references and their contact information) and four samples of published works (not opinion pieces). Applications via e-mail or CD are not allowed.

Send materials to: Chris Johnston, Manager of Editorial Services, Maclean’s, One Mount Pleasant Rd., 11th Floor, Toronto, Ont. M4Y 2Y5. Or fax to: (416) 764-1332. Or e-mail to

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Paid internship @ Greensboro News & Record

The Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record, a 90,000-circulation daily newspaper, offers paid summer internships: one reporting internship, one copy editing internship, one sports writing internship and one photography internship.

Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of clips, layouts or photographs indicating strong news judgment, creativity, and ability to perform under deadline pressure.

The deadline to apply is January 1. Send a resume, cover letter and appropriate work samples to: Internship Recruitment Coordinator, News & Record, PO Box 20848, 200 E. Market St., Greensboro, NC 27420.

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December 21, 2008

Paid internship @ Portfolio magazine

Portfolio, a 400,000 monthly business magazine, seeks an editorial intern for its website for the Spring semester. The paid position is based in New York City.

The intern will write news stories and blog posts, conceive and research interactive pieces, and contribute to the daily production of the website. Applicants must be currently enrolled and have the ability to receive school credit for the internship. The position pays a daily stipend covering food and travel.

E-mail cover letter, resume and 2-3 clips to Laura Rich at No calls.

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Wire service seeks temp. Stockholm correspondent

Agence France-Presse, a worldwide news wire service, seeks An English-speaking journalist for its Nordic region bureau, located in Stockholm, Sweden.

This is a temporary full-time paid position, replacing someone on maternity leave for six months from From April 1, 2009 until October 1, 2009, possibly extended up to one year.

"Together with a team of four journalists and a photographer who work in both French and English, you will be writing and editing articles about general news and current events in the five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden), including politics, business, culture, sports and lifestyle stories," the job posting states. Applicants should have good knowledge of both French and Swedish.

E-mail application and resume ASAP to and

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Entry-level photographer @ Illinois TV station

WIFR-TV, a CBS affiliate in Rockford, Ill., seeks a photographer to work weekends and three days during the week with its newscast.

"Will consider entry level," the news director says. "The successful candidate will have hands-on photography and editing experience. Work with new digital cameras and Avid Newscutter system."

E-mail resume to Send non-returnable tape and hard copy of resume to: Dave Smith, News Director, WIFR-TV P.O. Box 123 Rockford, IL 61105.

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December 20, 2008

Paid full-time internship @ Worth magazine

Worth, a 500,000-circulation magazine for affluent individuals, seeks an experienced journalism intern to work in its midtown Manhattan office.

The full-time position pays $8.50 per hour. Duties include fact-checking, research and writing for publication. The internship begins ASAP.

E-mail resume and clips to Emily DeNitto at

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December 19, 2008

Paid summer internship @ Maine newspaper

The Ellsworth American, a 156-year-old, 12,000-circulation weekly newspaper in Downeast Maine, seeks two paid full-time summer interns to write feature stories and take photos for its arts section and special sections, particularly a 62-page monthly entertainment guide and feature magazine called "Out & About."

Send resume and clips to Letitia Baldwin, The Ellsworth American, P.O. Box 509, Ellsworth, Maine 04605. Or e-mail

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Paid internships @ NY Dailly News

The New York Daily News, the nation's fifth largest daily newspaper, offers internships year round, including paid internships in the summer.

"Interns receive individual news and feature assignments as well as assist staff writers on reporting major breaking news stories for our newspaper and website," the news editor said. "There are reporting/writing positions on the main city desk in Manhattan and in the three borough offices: Queens, Bronx, and Brooklyn. Positions are available seven days a week and we’ll set a schedule around your school and/or work hours. College juniors and seniors and grad students preferred."

In the summer months only, the Daily News has a limited number of positions that come with a $350/week (or $70/day) stipend. The positions are full-time reporting/writing internships that run 10 to 12 weeks long. There is one sports position and six or seven city desk/news positions. These positions are extremely competitive and have increasingly gone to graduate students. The deadline is February 1.

Unpaid/for-credit positions are available for the spring and fall semesters -- as well as over the summer. Students must get credit to qualify and usually must commit to two days a week (more is welcome). There is a rolling deadline.

E-mail resume, links or PDFfs of clips, and letter to John Oswald, News Editor, at or send your application to: John Oswald, News Editor, New York Daily News, City Desk/3rd floor, 450 W. 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001.

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Paid research assistant @ ESPN Books

ESPN Books is looking for a student to assist with assorted tasks during the spring. The paid position is based in New York City, begins in January and is 20-25 hours per week. Students can also arrange for college credit.

Duties Include: Proofing and reading copy for typos and readability; researching topics for book authors and editors; doing spot fact-checking of manuscripts; writing sidebars or other discrete elements of books as may be needed; assisting in putting together production files for the printer; and assisting the marketing staff by monitoring book sales of both ESPN titles and comparative titles by other publishers. The book projects he will likely be working on include: The ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia, the SEC College Football Encyclopedia, the second edition of the ESPN College Football Encyclopedia, among others.

E-mail cover letter and resume to

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December 18, 2008

Paid internships in investigative journalism

The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that produces original investigative journalism on issues of public concern, is offering paid internships in the spring and/or summer in its New York and D.C. offices. The position pays $10 per hour.

"Assignments may include everything from poring through government reports, records, and statistics to interviewing government officials, academics, economists, activists, whistleblowers, and others," the ad states. "Interns typically focus on a single project under the supervision of investigative journalists at the Center. Interns also may be asked to assist in online media production, fundraising, and communications."

The application for the spring internship, which will involve working on a project about sexual assault cases, is due immediately. Apply for the summer internship by February 6. The application and more info can be found at

This seems like a great place to launch your career. My friend began his journalism career here and now writes for the Politico and regularly appears on Sunday morning political shows.

-Mark Grabowski

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SF daily paper seeks freelancers

The City Star, a daily newspaper in San Francisco with a readership over 20,000, seeks freelance articles on local news and events taking place in the city. To pitch your ideas please e-mail The newspaper pays $50 per published submission.

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December 17, 2008

Seattle Post-Intelligencer seeks bloggers

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, a 130,000 circulation daily newspaper and one of the Top 20 U.S. news websites, is looking for people to blog about snow sports, hobbies and local neighborhoods.

"We want you to blog about anything you're passionate about: Hobbies, neighborhoods, sports, news, leisure activities . . . the list goes on," the advertisement states. "We can give your blog a home on one of the top-20 news sites in America (Nielsen ratings, December 2007), and we'll give you the independence to say what you mean.

E-mail with your idea, your resume, a writing sample, and a link to your current blog (if you have one). They promise to respond to every request.

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Paid summer and spring journalism internships in DC

The National Journalism Center is seeking Spring and Summer interns, who will be placed at media outlets around the Washington. D.C. area, gaining real-world experience from professionals in the field.

Interns receive a $1,000 per month stipend for the duration of the 12-week program. Students can take their internships for credit, as well.

2008 placements included: Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, NBC News, BBC, Washington Times, Human Events, Washington Examiner , Politics magazine, Townhall , NewsMax magazine, Evans & Novak Political Report, Comcast Sports Net,, American Spectator, Laura Ingraham Show, Sean Hannity Show,, and Radio America shows, such as the G. Gordon Liddy Show, Michael Reagan Show, Dateline Washington, and Greg Knapp Experience – and many more.

Once a week, interns meet together for a training seminar to enhance their writing and reporting skills, their knowledge of journalism principles and fundamentals and learn more about the different topics, such as education and economics, that interns report on while at their placements. Interns are also exposed to speakers in the public policy or journalism fields, where lectures and question-answer seminars provide a chance for participants to learn from Washington insiders.

The Spring internship session runs from February 2 to April 24, 2009. The Summer internship session runs from May 17 to August 7, 2009.

To apply, candidates must submit an application (which can be found online), a cover letter, resume, 2-3 writing samples and 3 references. Please visit for application deadlines and more information about opportunities with The National Journalism Center.

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High school journalism camp @ Yale

Connecticut high school students can apply for a free week-long summer journalism program at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

The Yale Daily News Summer Journalism Program is run entirely by undergraduate staff members of the Yale Daily News. During the week, high school students participate in workshops on the fundamentals of reporting and writing, attend lectures by guest speakers from major national publications, and work hands-on reporting a story. The week culminates with the production of an issue of the Yale Daily News.

The free program is limited to Connecticut residents and is geared toward those with writing or journalism experience, but any Connecticut high school student with an interest in journalism, writing or photography may apply. The program will be held August 17 through August 22, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. There is no housing available in New Haven, and students are expected to return home each evening.

Applications are due in mid-May. For questions, e-mail Bharat Ayyar at or call Editor-in-Chief Andrew Mangino at (973) 432-2765. To apply, click here.

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December 16, 2008

Paid internships @ New York magazine

New York magazine’s website,, seeks Spring semester editorial interns who can work a minimum of two full days per week.

Pay is $7.15 per hour. College credit can also be arranged. Responsibilities include database production, fact-checking, research, reporting, and writing.

New York is a 400,000 circulation weekly magazine that covers the culture, style and politics of New York City.

E-mail a cover letter, résumé, and two or three clips to Put “Spring Semester Online Editorial Internship” in the subject line. No calls.

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Freelance copy editor @ New York magazine

New York, a weekly, 400,000-circulation magazine covering the culture, politics and style of New York, seeks freelance copy editors to help out from time to time on special projects. The part-time position is based in Manhattan.

"Copy editors will edit blog posts, section pages, event listings, and newsletters in a fast-paced environment," the ad states. "Must have a strong command of grammar and an eye for detail. Should be familiar with Words Into Type. Experience using Movable Type and Dreamweaver a plus."

E-mail hours of availability, a cover letter, résumé, clips, and salary requirements to Please put "Freelance Copy editor" in the subject line. No calls.

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December 15, 2008

Paid internships @ GQ

GQ, a.k.a. Gentlemen's Quarterly, a monthly 800,000-circulation magazine focusing on fashion, style and culture for men, seeks interns for the Spring semester and summertime.

"Selected interns will have the opportunity to assist editors and writers editorially and administratively," the posting states. "As such, ideal applicants must have excellent research skills, a positive can-do attitude, as well as an affinity for the publication and web site. Interns must be able to intern for credit, though a daily stipend will be provided. "

To apply, visit and click the 'APPLY NOW' button.

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Postgraduate journalism scholarships in the UK

The Scott Trust, owner of Guardian Media Group, offers scholarships to 10 students each year to do postgraduate study in either: newspaper/online journalism; broadcast journalism; or technology.

The scholarship pays for tuition fees and provides a living allowance of £5,000. The course involves several weeks’ work experience within Guardian Media Group.

According to the website, selection criteria is: "A graduate and a permanent resident in the United Kingdom, ideally you will have had some basic paid or unpaid work experience in journalism, or similar experience, and need the financial support to progress in your career. You will also have built up a portfolio of your work or evidence of your journalism/writing/blogging, and you will be able to show commitment to a career in media."

The application is usually due around February.

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December 14, 2008

Journalism scholarship for Texas college students

The Bess Whitehead Scott Journalism Scholarship grants $1,500 annually to a junior or senior college student pursuing a degree in journalism or a related field. Applicants must be currently enrolled at one of the following universities: Baylor University; Sam Houston State University; Texas A & M University; Texas State University; University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; or University of North Texas. The deadline to apply is February 1.

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December 13, 2008

Spring & summer internships @ NY Post

The New York Post, a 725,000-circulation daily newspaper, seeks interns to assist with its website in the spring and/or summer.

The part-time positions are unpaid and interns must receive college credit. "Interns will be responsible for helping to put the newspaper online, helping to put photos online, editing photo galleries & editing video," the ad states.

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December 12, 2008

Harrisburg Patriot-News seeks entry-level reporters

UPDATE: The editor says these positions are no longer available.

The Harrisburg Patriot-News, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Pennsylvania's capital, seeks entry-level and young journalists for its new one-year reporting fellowships.

You will cover news in local communities and write for both the print and online edition.
The position pays $600 per week and includes paid vacation.

"These are excellent opportunities for recent college graduates or others relatively new to the industry," the advertisement states. "...Professional experience is not essential; we will consider candidates with significant experience on a college paper plus references. However, internships at a daily newspaper are a big plus."

Send resumes, references and any clips to Executive Editor David Newhouse at or 812 Market St., Harrisburg PA 17101.

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Paid internship to cover Obama for TV show

The United Kingdom's top network news and current affairs program, is offering a paid internship to a young American journalist beginning January 2009 to assist with its coverage of the presidential inauguration of Barrack Obama.

"This is a fantastic opportunity to gain hands on experience with one of the world’s most respected news organisations, and most of our interns have gone on to top jobs in the industry worldwide," the advertisement states.

The internship, at the station's Washington bureau just steps away from the Capitol, pays $500 per month for up to 4 months, starting January 5th. The position is 5 days a week, 9am-5pm every day. It is open to only U.S. citizens, or applicants who already hold a valid work permit or green card.

Duties include researching for both breaking stories and longer investigative films, looking after guests (pundits, politicians, military generals), working through creative filming ideas and bringing those ideas to broadcast.

The station's 50-minute program is broadcast nightly in a peak slot on Britain's Channel 4, one of the best-known UK stations. It is made in London by Independent Television News (ITN), the main commercial rival to the BBC and broadcast partner to both CNN and NBC.

E-mail a cover letter and resume to Selection will be based on resume plus half hour interview (phone or in person).

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Entry-level reporter @ The Hotline

The Hotline, a daily political briefing published by the National Journal, has an immediate opening for a full-time paid externship. The entry-level position is in Washington, D.C.

"Armed with a passion for politics, the ideal candidate would have a 4-year degree, strong editing and writing skills, and an alarm clock to cope with the 7 a.m. start time," according to the job posting. "Whether you have campaign experience and are interested in making the leap to journalism or a journalism background and want to learn more about politics, we offer a creative, fast-paced environment where your contributions matter."

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and, if available, sample clips to: No phone calls.

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Paid science journalism internship

Scientific Blogging, a website whose stories are syndicated by Reuters, USA Today, Yahoo! and other popular media outlets, is offering a paid internship in science journalism at its Sacramento area office from January to April 2009.

The intern will work 12 hours per week at the website's Folsom, Calif. office. "The ideal candidate will be either a science student with an interest in science journalism or a journalism student with an understanding of broad science issues," the internship posting states.

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December 11, 2008

6-month paid internships @ Chattanooga Times Free Press

The Chattanooga Times Free Press, an 80,000 circulation daily newspaper in Tennessee, offers six-month paid internships in all the newsroom crafts: photography, multimedia, news, features, copy editing and page design. Interns are paid $400 per week.

Internships begin in in January and July. There are no hard deadlines.

"Our internships are awarded based on merit," the job ad states. "Considerations include previous internships, campus media experience and quality of work samples."

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December 10, 2008

Modernizing your journalism job resume

Increasingly, media companies are asking for applications to be sent electronically: either via e-mail or by completing an online form.

If you're reading this blog post, surely you know how to e-mail a cover letter and attach your resume as a file to it. But how are you supposed to send your clips?


Scan and save your publication clips as PDFs that can be attached as e-mail files or uploaded to a website (like this). Upload broadcast clips to YouTube or (if over 10 minutes) Google Video and e-mail the links (like this). While a newspaper or station may have posted your materials on its website, those links often expire or cost money to access. So, make your own electronic copies of your work samples.

Better yet, create your own website and upload your portfolio to that. You can even convert your resume into a webpage. This way you won't inadvertently disqualify yourself from consideration for a job because an editor's using software that can't open your document file. Believe me, it happens. Moreover, you'll impress prospective bosses with your new media skills and separate yourself from other applicants.

For more advice, read my article on Applying for Journalism Jobs.

-Mark Grabowski

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December 9, 2008

Internship @ Men's Health magazine

Men's Health, a 1.9 million-circulation magazine, is currently seeking a journalism intern for its New York City office.

Responsibilities include: researching, reporting and writing for the magazine; performing administrative duties; and working on special projects for the magazine.

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Paid internships @ ForbesLife magazine

ForbesLife MountainTime magazine is seeking paid part-time interns for its Boulder, Colo. offices. Internships are available for 15 hours per week in the spring and fall. Pay is $10 per hour.

Interns assist in all facets of magazine production, including writing, fact-checking, and front-end research.

"Our staff is small (2 editors, 1 designer, 1 photo editor), so this will be a key newsroom-style role ... We're looking for a meticulous reporter who wants to learn more newsgathering skills while getting a few clips and seeing how the business works," the ad states.

The magazine is a 150,000-circulation, semiweekly luxury lifestyle publication distributed through the Sunday newspapers in resort towns across the West. Focused on active locals and second-home owners, the magazine covers style, fashion, sports, architecture, home décor, and media—basically anything relating to the mountain lifestyle. Each issue consists of 16 to 24 pages of edit, from short news hits to in-depth features and essays.

E-mail resume, cover letter, and clips to Managing Editor Pieter van Noordennen at

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December 8, 2008

Internships @ Anderson Cooper 360

Anderson Cooper 360, a popular TV news show on CNN, seeks interns for the Spring semester.

The positions are based in New York. Because they are unpaid, students must be able to receive college credit. Students must have completed their sophomore year in college prior to the start of the internship

"Interns have the opportunity to participate in how the show ideas are developed, how videotape is gathered and edited, the script-writing process, and how the program is built from an editorial and production perspective," according to the internship advertisement.

Resume, cover letter and a college reference is required. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 G.P.A. To apply, click here.

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December 7, 2008

TIME seeks freelance video news stories

TIME, a 3.4 million circulation news magazine, seeks 3 to 4 minute video news stories and features for its website.

"Ideally, video pieces will be already completed (produced/shot/edited) and ready for delivery via our ftp, but rough footage ready for editing will also be considered," said TIME video producer Vanessa Kaneshiro.

View examples here:

If interested, send a short paragraph with pitch ideas to:

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Entry-level reporter @ New Republic

The New Republic is looking for reporter-researchers for its 2009-2010 paid internship program.

Job duties include reporting, researching, and fact-checking for TNR and TNR Online stories; formatting articles and blog posts for the Web; and performing occasional clerical tasks. Reporter-researchers work closely with writers and editors, and they have an open invitation to pitch magazine or Web articles.

Most reporter-researchers finish their program with a substantial portfolio of clips and have gone on to work almost everywhere in journalism--including TNR itself. Political journalism experience is preferred (but not imperative); fluency with LexisNexis and other search techniques, a willingness to put in long nights fact-checking, and a sense of humor are mandatory.

The yearlong job will begin in late summer 2009 and will pay $280 per week (plus substantial overtime, adding up to $320-$350 per week on average) with health care. Please e-mail the following items to Britt Peterson at job[at]

1. A cover letter.
2. A one-page resume.
3. A 750-word critique of the politics section of a recent issue of the magazine.
4. Two clips (if possible, one opinion and one news).

No phone calls and no snail mail (undue phone calling is especially unwelcome). We don't have time to let you all know we received your applications, so please don't expect confirmation. The deadline is February 15, 2009, but do not submit applications before January 1.

-Mark Grabowski

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Seeking quotes for journalism careers book

I’m under contract with a popular career guide publisher to write a book on how to become a journalist in the Digital Age.

The book is for students and entry-level job seekers. It focuses on what skills, education, training, experience, etc. will be necessary to land a good job and be a successful journalist in the coming 5-10 years. The release date is this spring.

I want to hear from working journalists, media company recruiters and career services staff on stuff like: What types of jobs are out there? What types of jobs have been scaled back? What sort of jobs will there be in the future? Realistically, what kinds of jobs can someone get right out of college? What skills do young journalists need and where can they get training? What can young journalists do to make themselves standout among other interns or staff? Do you have one piece of advice that new journalists shouldn’t live without?

Good information that isn’t used in my book may be used for, or for a future article in a trade publication like Quill or The Communicator.

Please e-mail your response to book[at] or fill out this form. Remember to include your title or qualifications. Thanks.

-Mark Grabowski

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So. Cal. paper seeks interns for holidays

The Hesperia Star, a 20,000 weekly newspaper in California's Mojave Desert, is offering internships during the Christmas break for students with an interest in journalism.

"Interns must be at least 16 years old and should have a demonstrated interest in journalism," according to the newspaper. "High school and college-level journalism students are particularly encouraged. Interns perform a variety of newsroom tasks to assist reporters, photographers and editors. Internships are tailored to the intern's area of interest."

To apply, send a résumé and cover letter outlining your interest in journalism to News Internship, Attn: Editor, 17045 Main St., Hesperia CA 92345 or send an email to

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December 6, 2008

Paid intern @ journalism organization

The Newspaper Association of America Foundation is seeking a college student for a four-month paid internship, starting in mid-January.

The intern will help to create newsletter and web content related to the Foundation’s three program areas: Newspaper in Education, youth editorial content and scholastic journalism. The position is based in the organization's office in Arlington, Va., for up to 15 hours a week and pays $12 per hour.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and five writing samples by December 19. No phone calls. For more information about NAAF, please see

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Alaska newspaper seeks freelance writers

The Alaska Pioneer Press, a small monthly newspaper with a regularly-updated website, seeks freelance writers to cover Alaska's Mat-Su region.

Freelancers will cover local issues and activities/pastimes of importance to the Matanuska Valley and Susitna Valley regions between Houston and Trapper Creek, and also in the Healy area. Topics of interest include winter sports such as skiing, snow shoeing and snow machining.

"The pay per article is very low (sorry) but writing for the Alaska Pioneer Press is a great way to get some clips," the ad states. "We also welcome free column submissions for those who want to put a personal touch on events, school activities and club activities in their communities."

To apply, e-mail

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Los Angeles weekly paper seeks freelancer

The West Valley Journal, a weekly newspaper serving the the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County, is seeking a freelance writer to write a monthly feature.

"Must be accurate, good feature angle and have experience in writing about local cities and community affairs," the ad states.

Pay is $50 per 500-word article. Email previous sample articles published as links or PDFs to

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December 5, 2008

Entry-level journalism jobs in Minnesota

A couple Minnesota newspapers are currently seeking reporters and/or photographers, according to Minnesota Newspaper Association's job board:
  • Reporter/Photographer: The award-winning Litchfield Independent Review is accepting resumes for a full-time reporter/photographer position. Duties include writing features, crime and government news, as well as photography. Knowledge of Quark XPress, Photoshop and Web publishing required. The company offers a competitive salary, health and life insurance, 401(k) saving and company match, profit sharing and an environment in which you can do your best. Send resume and clips to Brent Schacherer, Independent Review, 217 Sibley Ave. N., Litchfield, MN 55355. Or, respond to If you want to grow your skills or settle into a better job, respond by December 15.
  • Reporter: The Tri-County News of Cottonwood, Minn., is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of reporter. Duties at our weekly newspaper include reporting on community and school events, sports, local government and human interest stories. Experience or education in reporting, photography or page layout a plus, but we are willing to train an individual who is willing to learn. Must be self-motivated. We offer a competitive wage, and a complete benefit package including health, dental, vision and life insurance; short term and long term disability; 401(k) with match; vacation, sick and holiday pay and Flex account plan. Send a letter of interest, resume, references and writing samples to Dave Smiglewski, at our sister newspaper at the Granite Falls Advocate Tribune, P.O. Box 99, Granite Falls Minn. 56241, or e-mail or call Dave at 320-564-2126.

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Washington Times seeks online reporter

The Washington Times' Continuous News Desk is seeking a reporter to cover the energy or the financial services industries.

"The successful candidate must be hungry to find scoops and cover important daily events in D.C. for a sophisticated audience," the job posting states. "This person also must be nimble, have a basic knowledge of HTML or XML, know AP style and be able to produce analyses as well as fast, accurate reporting."

Send your cover letter and resume to Managing Editor/Digital Jeff Birnbaum at (202) 636-4812 or

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Openings @ Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera, a 24-hour international TV network and the only independent Middle Eastern news station, has openings in its Washington, D.C. bureau:
  • Interview producer: responsibilities include booking guests, preferably from the D.C. area, for its shows.
  • Senior journalist: looking for reporter with 2+ years experience who has multimedia skills and can speak Spanish or Arabic.

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December 4, 2008

Paid internships @ New York newspapers

Students can get paid internships at various New York state newspapers via the New York Press Association Foundation.

Internships are available for reporting, photography, graphics and advertising. The Buffalo News, Village Voice, AM New York, Poughkeepsie Journal, Niagara Gazette and The Saratogian are just some of the many participating newspapers.

Students who are accepted into the program will earn a net stipend of $1,500 for the eight week internship. The deadline to apply is March 1.

Click here to download the application. The application requires recommendation letters and a short essay, so don't wait till the last minute to complete it.

Call Rich Hotaling at NYPA (518) 464-6483, if you have any questions.

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December 3, 2008

Short-term investigative journalism fellowships

Texas Watchdog, a new nonpartisan website devoted to investigating waste, fraud and corruption in government, offers fellowships for those interested in learning investigative and enterprise reporting.

The three-month fellowships are open to bloggers, journalism students and interested residents. Shorter-term programs, including weekend training seminars, are available. The fellowships comes with a small monthly stipend. There are also guest speakers, from award-winning journalists who are skilled in digging to political operatives who work at hiding information from the public and are willing to tell their secrets.

"The fellows accepted into the Houston-based program will learn investigative skills by digging into Texas state and local government," organizers said. "They will produce investigative reports based on their findings, which will include both long-term projects and daily updates published on our Web site. Award-winning journalists who specialize in investigating state and local government will advise and mentor fellows."

The fellowship has a rolling application deadline, so apply at any time. For more information and to apply, send your resume and three to five writing samples to

Find more opportunities on's journalism fellowships webpage.

-Mark Grabowski

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December 2, 2008

Journalism internships: 10 Tips for Success

Tip #5: Get organized ... Keep track of all your duties, assignments and due dates. Create a "To Do" list for the current day along with a calendar for later or longer-term assignments.

Read nine more tips in 10 Tips for a Successful Media Internship, the newest article in's Advice section.

Also, read a story about what NOT to do during your journalism internship.

-Mark Grabowski

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Newsroom math online tutorial

Journalists would rather craft sentences than crunch numbers. But having some basic math skills is essential because many stories involve numbers: stories about political polls, budgets, salaries, surveys, test scores, census data and almost all sports.

I've created a quick online tutorial on "Newsroom Math" to help journalists brush up.

-Mark Grabowski

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December 1, 2008

Paid summer internships @ L.A. Times

The Los Angeles Times, the 4th-largest daily newspaper in the U.S., is offering 10-week paid summer internships in its news, sports, business, features, Washington bureau, photography and online departments.

Undergraduate college students, as well as graduates who have finished school within six months of the internship start, are eligible. Little training is offered, according to the newspaper's website, so previous internship experience is preferred. Interns also need a driver's license and access to a car.

Applications are due January 1. Submit a cover letter, a resume, a one-page personal essay, up to 12 work samples and a list of three references to: Randy Hagihara, Senior Editor for Recruitment, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.

For further information, contact Hagihara at 1-800-LATIMES, Ext. 77992 or at

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Paid year-round internships @ ESPN

ESPN is offering year-round paid internships in broadcast, print and online journalism.

In addition to ESPN's many English-language television and radio channels, ESPN also offers paid internships at the New York City-based ESPN: The Magazine and

And, ESPN also offers internships with the Spanish-language ESPN Deportes and, as well as ESPN International and other multi-lingual opportunities.

Internships provide competitive pay and run for 10 weeks and 30 to 40 hours per week. Competitive pay. Interns who do not live in the Bristol, Conn., or New York City areas, may qualify for subsidized housing. Limited opportunities are available at other locations. Additionally, ESPN plans to open operations in Los Angeles in 2009 and that may present more internship opportunities on the West Coast. Internships are available in the fall and spring semesters and during the summer. Course credit can be offered based on college requirements.

Internships are available for currently enrolled college students who are within 12 months of graduation. They must be authorized to work in the United States for any company.

To apply:
1) Visit:
2) Select JOBS tab.
3) Select PROFILE to add personal information, including your resume.
5) In the JOB POSTING section, select ASSOCIATES/INTERNSHIPS to search for current internship opportunities.

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