February 29, 2008

50 more journalism internships

Medill recently assembled a pretty good spreadsheet listing about 50 newspaper internships across the country. It contains newspapers, big and small, along with their application deadline, internship positions available, pay and other details.

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Public relations internships

I’ve created a public relations internship guide for college students.


It’s very much a work-in-progress (feel free to send feedback), and nowhere near matching my journalism internship website in its depth and breadth. But it’s a start, and there doesn’t seem to be too many good PR internship websites.

It may seem odd to be talking about PR on a journalism blog. After all, many journalists view PR as “the Dark Side.” It’s all about “spin” and misinforming the public, they believe.

Guess what? Many PR people are equally wary of journalists, believing that the media is out to get them. They frequently accuse reporters of “spinning” stories.

As someone who’s worked on both sides of the fence, I know that both viewpoints are silly. When practiced ethically – as the vast majority of professionals in both journalism and PR do – both fields have similar goals. Basically, inform the public and tell the truth. Unfortunately, a few bad apples have given both fields an inaccurate reputation.

The reality is that there’s a lot of crossover between journalism and PR.

At many media outlets, for better or worse, we’re seeing a blurring of the lines between journalism and public relations. Many journalists eventually switch careers to public relations. At the university where I teach, public relations and journalism are combined into one major. I’m not saying that’s the way it should be. I’m just saying, that’s the way it is these days.

So, that’s why I’m writing about public relations on a journalism website. Because I know many of my site’s visitors may also be interested in careers in public relations.

-Mark Grabowski

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February 27, 2008

Internships at New Jersey newspapers

If you're still looking for a summer journalism internship ... the New Jersey Collegiate Press Association has put together a pretty good webpage listing 2008 summer internships at New Jersey newspapers. Check it out, and send your resume ASAP!

-Mark Grabowski

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February 25, 2008

New multimedia journalism fellowship

Media General is offering a new fellowship for journalists interested in multimedia.

Four recent graduates, either from college or a graduate program, will be selected to work for nine months in one of Media General's cross-owned markets (Bristol, Va.; Roanoke, Va.; Myrtle Beach, SC; and Columbus, Ga.) .

"The fellows will divide their time between the newspaper, the television station and the website," according to the flyer. "They will primarily produce content to be presented across all platforms."

The deadline is March 1, 2008.

-Mark Grabowski

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February 23, 2008

Online editor offers advice for young journalists

From time to time, I ask successful journalists and editors what advice they have for young journalists. Robert Niles, editor of the Online Journalism Review, says young journalists should go digital with their resumes and reporting. He adds that new media offers great freelance opportunities:

"Blogs are the new resumes. Every journalism student ought to have his or her own blog, ideally located at studentname.com. Blogs should include links to the student's best published work, as well as regular Q&As, observations, photo essays, video features, reviews and commentary -- to fully demonstrate their abilities.

"Online sites, especially ones built on user-generated content, have an insatiable appetite for good copy. Students should engage in online discussion communities, and link to them from their blog, to show hiring editors their ability to participate and manage interactive communities. Volunteering to create original reporting features and reviews for such sites is a great way both to gain leadership status in those communities and to get impressive clips for the student."

Robert Niles
Editor, University of Southern California
Online Journalism Review

-Mark Grabowski

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February 18, 2008

The media on the media

February 16, 2008

Dozens of journalism organizations

I've added a page listing dozens of journalism organizations:

Alliance for Community Journalism; American Society of Newspaper Editors; American Amateur Press Association; American Copy Editors Society; Assoc. for Education in Journalism and Mass Comm.; American Journalism Review; American Press Institute; Amer. Society of Business Publication Editors; Amer. Society of Journalists and Authors; Asian American Journalists Association; Associated Collegiate Press; Association for Business Communication; Association of Electronic Journalists; Boston Newspaper Guild; Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism; Columbia Journalism Review; Committee of Concerned Journalists; Committee to Protect Journalists; DowJones Newspaper Fund; Eastern Canadian News Photographers Assoc.; Foundation for American Communications; Institute for Analytic Journalism; Institute on Political Journalism; Int'l. Association for Media & Comm. Research; International Center for Journalists; International Comm. Association; Int'l. Federation of Journalists; Int'l. Consortium of Investigative Journalists; Int'l. Press Institute; Int'l. Women's Media Foundation; Internet Press Guild; Int'l. Reporters & Editors; Journalism Education Assoc.; National Public Broadcasting Archives; National Assoc. of Black Journalists; National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association; National Scholastic Press Assoc.; Newspaper Assoc. of America; National Assoc. of Broadcasters; National Assoc. of Hispanic Journalists; National Conference of Editorial Writers; National Federation of Press Women; National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting; Native American Journalists Assoc.; Newspaper Guild of America; National Assoc. of Black Journalists; Native American Journalists Association; National Press Photographers Association; Nieman Foundation for Journalism; The New Precision Journalism; Pacific Northwest Newspaper Assoc.; Pew Center for Civic Journalism; Project Censored; Project for Excellence in Journalism; The Pulitzers Prizes; Reporters Without Borders; South Asian Journalists Association; Society of Environmental Journalists; Society of Professional Journalists; South Asian Research Centre for Advertisement, Journalism & Cartoons; Trade Assoc. Business Publications Int'l.

Don't see your journalism organization? Contact me.

-Mark Grabowski

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February 15, 2008

Journalism fellowship for mental health coverage

Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism provide $10,000 stipends to journalists to report on topics related to mental health or mental illnesses.

Fellows do not need to leave their job. Rather, the stipend covers
travel, materials, and other incidental expenses needed to do a reporting project, which is presented at the end of the fellowship. Fellows will also be assigned mentors and make two trips to the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Applicants must have at least three years experience. Six U.S. journalists and a few international journalists will be selected. The deadline to apply is April 20.

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February 11, 2008

Free D.C. event: Helen Thomas to give talk

Legendary White House correspondent Helen Thomas will be speaking at a free event in the D.C. area on March 2.

WHAT: "A Conversation with Journalism Legend Helen Thomas"

WHEN: March 2, 2008, 2 p.m.

WHERE: Central Library Auditorium
1015 North Quincy Street
Arlington, Virginia

Often called "The First Lady of the Press," veteran White House reporter, author and Hearst Newspapers columnist Helen Thomas looks back as an eyewitness to history and delves into her story when she sits for a conversation with Arlington Public Library Director Diane Kresh. This event is in recognition of National Women's History Month. A book signing will follow the remarks.

For more information, click here.

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February 8, 2008

Gharib, Johnston & Hoyt to speak at Baruch College

CUNY-Baruch is hosting several journalism talks this semester that are open to the public:

Wed, Feb. 27: 9 a.m. -- Susie Gharib of PBS's "Nightly Business News" will discuss broadcasting and business news, and how complex stories can be told on the air. Room 14-250, Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue at 24th St.

Thu, March 27, 6-7 p.m. -- David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer winner from the New York Times, will discuss "how to cover the rich and the poor without invading their privacy." He will cover investigative techniques he uses, the growing popularity of papers having a beat on the super-rich and the renewed interest in poverty, and drawon his new book, "Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest American Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You With the Bill)". Room 14-250, Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue at 24th St.

Monday, May 5, 6 p.m. -- Clark Hoyt, public editor of The New York Times, will do a Q&A. Newman Conference Center, Baruch College Library, 151 East 25th Street (between 3d and Lex), 7th floor.

Baruch College is located at 55 Lexington at 24th Street in New York City.
All are welcome to attend these free events; please RSVP to Professor Joshua Mills at Joshua_Mills@baruch.cuny.edu.

-Mark Grabowski

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February 6, 2008

NPR seeks young political podcasters

Are you a podcaster under 30 who's passionate about Election 2008?

NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday wants to hear from you!

They want a diverse group of podcasters to tell them how the election is playing out in their areas. Tell them why you'd be a good choice.

Send an e-mail with details about yourself and your interest in the election. Please put "WESUN Podcaster" in the subject line. Be sure to include links to your previous podcast work.

Once they figure out which podcasters will be contributors to the show, their plan is to set up a blog that will serve as the home base for their stories through the rest of the election cycle. They'll also be airing some of the podcasts as on-air commentaries as well. So if you're a young podcaster with insights on Election 2008, send them some samples of your work and audition for the project.

For more info or to contact NPR, click here.

-Mark Grabowski

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February 3, 2008

Free NYC event: Panel of prize-winning environmental journalists

The John B. Oakes Award
For Distinguished Environmental Journalism

Honoring Exceptional Contributions to the Public Understanding of
Environmental Issues

Monday, February 11, 2008

The Journalism School at Columbia University
2950 Broadway @ 116th Street
Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor

Panel Discussion 5:00 p.m.

Reception 7:00 p.m.


Last Chance: The Fight to Save a Disappearing Coast
Bob Marshall, Mark Schleifstein, Matt Brown & photographer Ted Jackson
The Times-Picayune

Blighted Homeland
Judy Pasternak
Los Angeles Times

Cold Rush: The Coming Fight for the Melting North
McKenzie Funk
Harper's Magazine

Laura Reizman, Prize Coordinator
(212) 854-7650, lr2259@columbia.edu

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