January 31, 2009

Reporter @ ABC News' website

ABC News has an opening for a producer/reporter for its website, ABCnews.com. Position is based in New York.

"Seeking an experienced journalist to write daily news and feature stories," the ad states. "In this role you will be responsible for reporting, writing, and editing breaking news stories that set the agenda. Must have the ability to cover a news beat independently, develop strong contacts, and generate a steady stream of compelling story ideas and produce stories under extremely tight deadlines. The job requires skills in reporting, writing, and editing plus website production skills. Network news, newspaper or other major news experience required, online experience preferred."

To apply, please visit www.disneycareers.com, create a profile and upload your resume. Do a search for Requisition # 184000 and apply for the position online.

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Copy editor internship @ ESPN.com

ESPN is looking for a college student to edit articles and copy for its website. The summer internship is based at ESPN's headquarters in Bristol, Conn.

Intern's duties include: editing and polishing freelance- and staff-generated articles, checking for accuracy, proper grammar, style and appropriateness.

The advertisement doesn't say whether it's paid, but I'd guess it is. Every other ESPN internship I've come across has been paid. Also: They want a college student who's "available for employment within 12 months of the internship," so perhaps it could turn into a permanent job after graduation.

Apply online.

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Travel guide seeks freelancers worldwide

Bakpak Travelers Guide, publisher of travel and hostel guide books, seeks freelancers to contribute articles on backpacking, travel and hostels for its website.

Pay is $25 per article. Articles should be 500 to 600 words, based on your actual travel experience and written in an upbeat and humorous style.

"Our goal is to inform and inspire new and novice travelers about backpacking and hostelling around the world, particularly in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada," the ad states.

For more info, click here.

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$5,000 journalism scholarship for H.S. senior

A new $5,000 scholarship is being offered by the National Press Club to a high school senior who wants to pursue a career in journalism.

The Richard G. Zimmerman Scholarship is open to all high school seniors, regardless of gender or race. Applicants must have a 3.0 grade average and plan to attend college this year.

Application deadline is March 1. Download an application online.

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January 30, 2009

Paid intern @ Sporting News

Sporting News, a 700,000-circulation sports magazine, seeks an intern to cover fantasy sports. The paid position is based in Charlotte.

"The person we hire would edit player updates and edit and post columns and blog entries for Sporting News' fantasy website," the ad states. "Some writing and photo editing is required, as well as some interaction with users through blogs and e-mail."

Deadline to apply is April 1. Send a cover letter, resume and three of your best writing or editing samples to George Winkler, Senior Editor, Sporting News, 120 W. Morehead Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, N.C., 28202. Or e-mail gwinkler@sportingnews.com (no attachments).

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Paid internship @ Honduras' magazine

Bay Islands Voice, a monthly magazine that covers the Honduran islands, offers paid internships in both reporting and photojournalism.

Internships are full-time, last 4 months and are available year-round. Interns receive a monthly stipend of $600 -- not much, but apartments cost only about $250-$350 per month. The magazine will assist in locating housing.

"Interns have an opportunity to gain reporting experience, understanding of working in a small news magazine and create a portfolio of writing and photo clips," the magazine's website states. Current students and recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

E-mail cover letter and resume to Managing Editor Thomas Tomczyk at info@bayislandsvoice.com.

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Entry-level reporter @ Investor's Business Daily

Investor's Business Daily, a 230,000-circulation daily newspaper that covers business, offers an Editorial Apprenticeship Program for beginning journalists.

The position is based in Los Angeles, pays $865 per week and lasts 6 months. The apprenticeship is open to college graduates who have been out of school for no longer than six months, or seniors who will graduate before the apprenticeship starts.

If hired, you will monitor all the breaking business and economic news and write a concise, comprehensive news summary by deadline each day, the ad states. You also will write business features and trend stories, probably three or four a month. Over the six months, you will develop business news judgment. You’ll learn how to analyze the stock market and quickly decipher company financials.

Applications are accepted year round and two apprentices are hired each year. One begins on July 1, and one on January 1. The deadline to apply for the July 1 start date is April 2. The deadline for the January 1 start date is October 1.

Submit your resume, cover letter, three professional references and at least six clips (note: absolutely no links to clips will be accepted). Send materials to: Tiffany Routon- Human Resources, Investor’s Business Daily, 12655 Beatrice Street, Los Angeles, CA 90066. Or e-mail tiffany.routon@investors.com.

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Paid multimedia interns @ L.A. Times

The Los Angeles Times, the 4th-largest newspaper in the U.S., seeks paid interns for its online newsroom.

"Qualified candidates will have experience with blogs, ugc, editing/writing headlines and a good understanding of html," the ad states.

Deadline is rolling. Current college students and those who have graduated in the past six months are eligible. Applicants should be web-savvy and must send a letter of recommendation. To apply, contact Mr. Dakotta Alex at Dakotta.Alex[at]LATimes.com.

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Paid internships @ Minn. newspaper

The Post-Bulletin, a 45,000-circulation daily afternoon newspaper in Rochester, Minn., offers three paid reporting internships year-round. The newspaper has seen its circulation grown for the past 15 years, and Rochester is located about 90 minutes from Minneapolis.

Internships are of variable length but generally 3-5 months, with a wide-ranging work experience. Pay is about $11 per hour. Those selected usually have previous internship experience and generally are college upperclassmen.

Send a cover letter, resume and best clips to City Editor Randi Kallas, Post-Bulletin, P.O. Box 6118, Rochester, MN 55903. For more info, e-mail furst@postbulletin.com or kallas@postbulletin.com.

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Journalism scholarship for Idahoans

A $1,500 journalism scholarship is available for graduates of Idaho high schools who have completed at least one year of college.

The Don Watkins Memorial Scholarship, funded by the Idaho Press Club, is for students either majoring in journalism or communications, or working for a college or professional media outlet in addition to their studies. The scholarship money is paid directly to the student’s college or university, to cover student fees, tuition or other expenses.

To apply, students should submit a one-page resume listing their related work experience; an essay of up to 500 words explaining their interest in a journalism or communications career; a copy of their college transcripts through the 2008 fall semester, including grade-point average; and samples of their journalistic work. Print journalists must submit copies of five articles or photographs; radio or television candidates are asked to submit a recording of up to three of their best news stories, up to a maximum length of 15 minutes.

Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 15, 2009 and sent to: Idaho Press Club, Don Watkins Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 2221, Boise ID 83701-2221.

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PBS seeks freelancers in Hartford

Connecticut Public Television, PBS' affiliate in Hartford, is seeking freelance reporter/producers for an 8-part magazine show. Position starts ASAP.

"Individuals considered for the position must have on-camera, producing and writing skills, and an ability to work quickly," the ad states. "Avid editing skills a plus."

E-mail resume and links to demo reels to freelance@cptv.org or send demo DVDs to Executive Producer, Local Programming, Connecticut Public Television, 1049 Asylum Ave., Hartford, CT 06105. No phone calls.

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January 29, 2009

Reporter @ Government Executive magazine

Government Executive, a 77,000-circulation magazine focusing on government officials and operations, seeks a staff writer. You'll be based in Washington, D.C., and write stories for both the magazine and its website.

"We seek a journalist who can train a business writer's eye on government - especially human resources management," the ad states. "Our ideal candidate is a talented, energetic reporter and graceful writer. One to two years journalism experience is required."

E-mail resume and two writing samples to Chawndese Hylton, Publishing Assistant, Government Executive, at chylton[at]govexec.com.

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Reporter @ Money magazine

Money, a 2 million-circulation monthly magazine that covers personal finance topics, seeks a general assignment reporter.

You'll be based in New York and expected to report in print, online and on air. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree and at least one-to-two years of business journalism experience.

"The successful candidate will assist editors in front-end research and reporting, finding and developing stories, fact-checking and writing," the ad states. "Outstanding research skills, a broad range of interests and the ability to call upon independent, original thinking for a variety of categories are required. We seek employees who are detail-oriented, highly resourceful and willing to learn, and who have a demonstrated ability to handle high-volume work under tight deadlines."

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Freelance reporter @ L.A. TV station

KTLA-TV, the Los Angeles affiliate of CW, seeks an on-air reporter for its newscast who can work on a per diem basis.

Job duties include: "Submits ideas for news reports, covers news stories assigned by management, reports live-from-the-scene breaking news and will often be asked to report on non-breaking informational subject matter for sweeps or other KTLA programming ... May serve as a fill-in anchor as needed."

Applicants with 3-5 years news reporting experience in broadcast or print are preferred. Apply online.

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Paid freelancers @ Central Pa. newspaper

The Lebanon Daily News, a 21,000-circulation daily newspaper in Central Pennsylvania, seeks paid freelance writers to cover municipal meetings, school board meetings and events.

Must be available to work nights and/or weekends. To apply, e-mail CityDesk[at]ldnews.com or call Jeff Clouser, (717) 272-5611, ext. 142.

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Paid intern @ free speech think tank

The Center for Competitive Politics -- a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focused on protecting the First Amendment political rights of speech, assembly, and petition -- seeks a communication intern for the spring.

The full-time internship is based in Washington, D.C., has flexible start/end dates and includes a $500-per-month stipend.

By February 1, send cover letter, resume, two writing samples, one recommendation and a transcript or list of all college-level classes taken to date. Apply online.

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Paid youth sports bloggers

My Team Cares, a group of youth sports blogs affiliated with pro sports teams, is offering paid blogging assignments.

"Our blogs focus on parenting and youth sports," the ad states. "You will need to spend approx 1-2 hrs per day sourcing articles (no need to write them yourself), adding images, and posting the articles. You will also be in charge of copying and pasting the articles into newsletters. This is very basic but the opportunity is tremendous. Knowledge of youth sports and parenting in youth sports is a plus. We will provide you the source materials and provide you built in traffic. You will be paid based on how much you increase page views and a flat fee for every newsletter you draft."

E-mail tk@myteamcares.com. Include writing samples and/or the URL for the current blog for which you write/edit.

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January 28, 2009

Newspaper chain seeks reporters in Boston, Philly & NYC

Metro US -- a free daily newspaper aimed at young adults that publishes 100 separate editions worldwide -- is expanding and, consequently, has multiple reporter openings.

Positions are available at the chain's daily newspapers in Boston, New York and Philadelphia. Applicants should have at least 2 years experience.

To apply, submit 3 writing samples and 3 ideas for stories based on recent events to rvarrial@metro.us with "News Reporter" in the subject line and also apply via online application.

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Freelance fashion writer @ Miami SunPost

The SunPost, a 50,000-circulation weekly newspaper in Miami, seeks a freelance fashion writer.

"Duties of the position include finding, pitching, scheduling, attending and writing copy for our a soon-to-be launched fashion column," the ad states. "Copy will be expected weekly. Photography skills and equipment a plus. "

Compensation is negotiable, but please include freelance rate expectations with correspondence. E-mail a short introduction, fashion coverage clips or links, and a resume with contact information to Executive Editor Angie Hargot at apply@miamisunpost.com, with “fashion position” in the subject line.

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Paid internships @ Skiing magazine

Skiing magazine, a Boulder, Colo.-based magazine focused on skiing, is offering 12-week paid internships in reporting and photojournalism during the summer and fall.

Interns receive a $1,200 stipend for 3 months. Their duties include: article research, fact checking, proofreading, writing articles, calling in gear for testing, participating in staff editorial meetings, and interviewing subjects.

"We try to keep the grunt work (shipping, filing, etc) to a minimum," the posting states. "Skiing Magazine is a small staff (four editors and two art directors), so interns work closely with staffers."

If interested in a writing/reporting internship, e-mail resume, cover letter and writing samples to: megan.michelson@bonniercorp.com. For photography internships, e-mail resume, cover letter and portfolio to: Niall@skiingmag.com.

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Paid photojournalism internships @ National Geographic

National Geographic Magazine is offering paid photography internships during the summer and fall of 2009.

The internships run 14 weeks and pay $480 per week. When on assignment away from the city, the Geographic pays all expenses. Transportation expenses to and from Washington at the start and conclusion of the internship are covered by the Society. The interns are responsible for their own housing.

"The program is an opportunity for young photographers to experience first-hand the rigors of life in the professional world," the announcement states. "It is also an opportunity for us at the Geographic to scrutinize the work of those in whom we may have further interest. We are proud that many of our regular 'shooters' are former summer interns."

Selection is based on a portfolio. Interns must be at least 21 years of age and U.S. citizens, or have appropriate student work documents. Both college and graduate students are eligible, and the selection committee will also consider someone not currently in school.

By January 31, send a portfolio of recent work (no more than 30 images), a resume, and a letter of recommendation from a photography teacher or established photojournalist. CDs are the preferred method of submission but portfolios may also be in the form of slides, prints or clippings of any combination, in color and/or black and white. Digital images should be sized to approximately 1600 wide, 72 dpi.

Address application packet to Susan Smith, Deputy Director of Photography, National Geographic Magazine, 1145 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036. (Clearly label your envelope, NGM Photography Internship, and if you would like for us to return your portfolio, you must include a self-addressed stamped envelope.)

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Paid internships @ AsianWeek

AsianWeek, a 60,000-circulation national newsweekly that focuses on the Asian/Pacific Islander American community, seeks interns for its San Francisco office.

The "Newspaper Workshop" program runs 3 months for 10-15 hours per week and pays a monthly stipend.

Interns' duties include: selecting and digesting news stories for daily publication on AsianWeek.com, writing brief news stories for weekly print publication, writing announcements of events for weekly print publication, maintaining a journal on internship experiences and some administrative tasks.

E-mail resume and one writing sample to jobs@asianweek.com

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Summer journalism fellowship in Berlin for U.S. students

A 3-month fellowship this summer in Germany is available for 20 American journalism students. Hurry and apply, though, because the application must be postmarked by January 31.

If selected, you'll tavel to Berlin and spend the first six weeks studying at Freie Universitat Berlin, followed by a five-week intensive internship at a German newspaper, magazine, online news site, TV station or radio station. In the middle of the program, a week is spent touring Germany with students from the former Soviet Union.

The fellowship provides airfare and a generous monthly stipend that more than covers any expenses. The program is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service.

Applicants must be proficient in German. Undergraduate students, including graduating seniors, recent graduates and graduate students are all eligible to apply.

For more info, visit the program's official website.

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Paid photojournalism internships @ San Jose papers

Silicon Valley Community Newspapers, a chain of 11 weekly and biweekly newspapers that provides "fiercely local" coverage to San Jose area neighborhoods, seeks two paid photography interns for the summer of 2009.

The internship runs 16 weeks, from May 18 through September 4, and pays a $1,120 stipend. Mileage will also be reimbursed monthly. Your own digital equipment and transportation are required. Applicants must be available to work some evenings and weekends.

To apply, e-mail Senior Staff Photographer Jacqueline Ramseyer at jramseyer@community-newspapers.com

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January 27, 2009

1 week paid gig for investigative journalism website

If you're in between jobs, here's a position for you:

Texas Watchdog, a new nonpartisan website devoted to investigating waste, fraud and corruption in government, is offering paid, weeklong, telecommuting reporting assignments.

The gig pays up to $500 to spend a week writing blog posts about local government transparency and conflicts-of-interest. The reporting will focus on Texas, but you can work from anywhere.

(The organization also offers longer-term fellowships.)

As the ad explains: "Is your newspaper closing? Are you being forced into a furlough? Well, we’re a small operation and we can’t replace your salary, but we are seeking journalists to do some blogging on our site. We’re trying to spread the wealth, such as it is (and it ain’t much) by bringing on board a different furloughed or downsized reporter each week to write several posts a day for us."

E-mail a cover letter and a few samples of your work to Deputy Editor Jennifer Peebles at news@texaswatchdog.org.

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Reporter @ Omaha TV station

WOWT-TV, the NBC affiliate in Omaha, Neb., seeks a backpack journalist to report for its morning newscast.

"This position will require live reporting in our morning newscast as well as covering news stories," the ad states. "We are looking for a pioneer in the next generation of newsgathering. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated ability to report live news stories, especially in 'Breaking News' situations."

Send resume and tape to or fill out an application at: WOWT, Human Resources, 3501 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68131-3356.

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Paid internship @ Lansing State Journal

The Lansing State Journal, a 60,000-circulation daily newspaper in Michigan's capital, offer paid summer internships in news, photography, sports and copy editing.

The full-time internships run 12 weeks and pay $11 per hour. Deadline to apply is January 30.

Send cover letter, resume, at least three print clips, links to multimedia work or DVDs (highly recommended) and references to Asst. Managing Editor Belinda Thurston at bthurston@lansing.gannett.com or 120 E. Lenawee St., Lansing, MI 48919.

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January 26, 2009

Part-time legal journalism job in New Haven

Courthouse News Service, a nationwide legal news service that law firms subscribe to, seeks a part-time reporter to cover civil courts of law in and around New Haven, Conn.

"A legal background is not required, but demonstrated interest and ability in writing or journalism is necessary," the ad states. "The job will entail going to state and federal courts in downtown New Haven five days per week to review new civil filings. About 15-20 hours per week will be required and some benefits are available."

E-mail a cover letter and resume in Word format, and attach 3-5 writing samples, to newjob6@courthousenews.com. Letters should be addressed to Editor Adam Angione.

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Cover law & politics for Chicago newspaper

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, a daily newspaper that covers Chicago and Illinois law, seeks a full-time reporter to cover the Illinois Supreme Court and Illinois legislature.

"Applicants should have 2-3 years' experience in general assignment reporting," the ad states. "Legal reporting experience preferred."

To apply, e-mail Editor Robert Yates at ryates@lbpc.com.

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Baltimore Sun seeks freelancer to cover women's health

The Baltimore Sun, a 232,000-circulation daily newspaper, seeks an experienced freelance journalist to lead a new website focused on women's health.

"A strong command of the English language, a background in blogging and online community moderation, and a history of working with freelancers are key," the ad states.

Apply online.

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January 25, 2009

Paid intern @ CBS Interactive

CBS Interactive -- an online content network that includes CBS.com, CBSSports.com, GameSpot, TV.com, CNET.com, etc. -- seeks a paid editorial intern for its Entertainment Division.

The 6-month position is based in San Francisco, six hours per week and pays $10 per hour.

"The position involves assisting the content and editorial team in managing a myriad of online assets such as entertainment-related photos and videos as well as TV show and celebrity information," the ad states. "In addition, the intern will assist in encoding and posting video to the site. The intern will also assist in viral marketing and blogger partnerships. Will help ensure the site is kept up-to-date and current with photo galleries of notable television shows, events and celebrities."

Apply online.

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City hall reporter @ Corpus Christi Caller-Times

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times, a 53,000-circulation daily newspaper on the Texas' coast of the Gulf of Mexico, seeks a city hall reporter.

"Applicants must have at least two years of daily newspaper experience or internships at daily newspapers combined," the ad states. "Spanish fluency is a plus but not mandatory. The Caller-Times, a subsidiary of E.W. Scripps pays competitive salary and excellent benefits."

Apply online.

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Sports reporter @ Buffalo TV station

TimeWarner seeks a sports reporter for its new 24-hour cable channel covering the Buffalo area.

Duties include: "Gathers information, conducts interviews, shoots video, produces and reports assigned sports stories and events on a daily basis. Will primarily work alone to report, shoot and edit stories, operating field cameras, gear and video editing system ... Anchor sports on a fill-in basis as required."

Applicants should have a college degree and 2-3 years experience. Apply online.

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Grammar for journalists

CubReporters.org now has a slideshow that provides a crash course on grammar for journalists. The 100-slide presentation uses material from a variety of expert sources, but primarily these two:
  • Ronald Rodgers, a University of Florida journalism professor, has a handy website that features many and varied newspaper editing resources.
  • Purdue University's Online Writing Lab, which is a super writing resource that offers instructional materials that journalists may find useful.
Find more Journalism 101 lessons in our Journalism Education section.

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January 24, 2009

Fellowship for Latin American journalists

A new fellowship enables journalists from Spanish-speaking countries to study free for a semester at the University of Toronto. The aim of the fellowship is to help the journalists "promote a strong and free media in their home country."

"With a focus on free expression, the Scotiabank/CJFE Journalism Fellowship at Massey College will help to promote awareness among people in Latin America and in Canada, of the many difficult challenges facing journalists today in Latin America and around the world," said a statement from the Canadian Journalists for Free Eexpression, which is sponsoring the fellowship.

The deadline for applications is March 1. For more information, contact CJFE Manager Julie Payne at jpayne[at]cjfe.org.

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Freelancers for Seattle online newspaper

The Seattle Courant, a recently-launched online newspaper that covers Seattle, seeks paid freelancers to cover Seattle politics and politicians.

Pay is $25 per story. Apply online.

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January 23, 2009

Free webcast today: using LinkedIn for journalism

Columbia University's journalism school this afternoon is holding a free e-seminar on how journalists can use LinkedIn more effectively. The event will be webcast live from 3:30-4:30 p.m. EST.

The session will deal with variety of issues including how journalists can use LinkedIn in their day-to-day work, and how to use it as an effective job hunting tool. Speakers include Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek senior technology writer; Jason Alba, author of I'm on LinkedIn, Now What? - A Guide to Getting the Most Out of LinkedIn and CEO of JibberJobber, a jobs search service; and Kay Luo, senior director of corporate communication of LinkedIn. The session will be moderated by Sree Sreenivasan, a new media professor at Columbia.

You can listen live or, later, to a recording by clicking here. Listeners can call in with their questions (or listen live) at 1-646-915-9583. And before or after the session you can leave a comment or ask a question in the comments section of http://columbianm.blogspot.com/2009/01/webcast-linkedin-for-journalists-or.html or e-mail sree[at]sree.net (In the subject, write "webcast").

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Sports reporter @ Sprinfield, Ill. paper

The State Journal-Register, a 50,000 daily newspaper in Sprinfield, Illinois, seeks a sports reporter to cover high school sports.

The advertisement seems to emphasize being "energetic" and having a "deep knowledge of sports," but doesn't mention any experience requirements, so perhaps they will consider an entry-level journalist.

By February 20, E-mail a cover letter, resume and clips to Sports Editor Jim Ruppert at jim.ruppert@sj-r.com. Or mail to: P.O. Box 219, Springfield, IL 62705-0219.

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Journalism scholarship for Texas H.S. seniors

The North and East Texas Press Association will award two $1,500 journalism scholarships this spring to "college-bound graduating high school seniors and actively enrolled college students from the NETPA region pursuing an education in print journalism."

Applications must be postmarked by March 7. Applications can be downloaded from the NETPA website. Mail completed applications to Randy Keck, The Community New, Box 1031, Aledo, TX 76008.

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Paid internship @ California magazine

California, the 100-year-old alumni magazine of U.C.-Berkeley, has an immediate opening for one full-time paid intern.

The intern will be paid $500 per month and have the opportunity to write articles. The internship lasts 3 to 4 months.

"Interns receive instruction and hands-on experience in research, reporting, writing, and editing, in addition to production of a bimonthly magazine that covers critical challenges affecting the state, nation, and world in the fields of science, public policy, and culture," the ad states.

E-mail resume, cover letter and writing samples to californiamag@alumni.berkeley.edu. Put “California editorial intern” in the subject line.

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NYC reporter @ The China Press

The China Press, a 75,000-circulation Chinese-language daily newspaper distributed in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, seeks an entry-level reporter in New York City.

Here's the job description: "Search local news stories from various sources including Internet news, wire services, newspapers and other sources. Cover local news, focus on government policy and regulations affecting the local Chinese-American community. Select items most pertinent to Chinese-speaking readers in the U.S. Write up stories for publication."

Position pays about $600 per week and includes benefits. Apply online.

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January 22, 2009

L.A. Times seeks reporter for local news section

The Glendale News Press, a daily newspaper that covers local news and is inserted into the Los Angeles Times, seeks a reporter.

The Times frequently hires recent grads and young journalists for these local insert sections.

E-mail your resume, cover letter and clips to Editor Danette Goulet at danette.goulet@latimes.com, or send materials to: 221 N Brand Blvd., 2nd floor, Glendale, CA 91203.

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Writer @ British music magazine

Rock Sound, a London-based music magazine which bills itself as "the UK's leading alternative music magazine," seeks a staff writer who can double as reviews editor.

With a circulation of about 25,000, it's not in the same realm as an NME or Rolling Stone, so perhaps a young journalist has a shot at landing this gig. Applicants need to really know British music, though. The examples they give are knowing Slipknot from Sigur Ros, and Dalek from Dream Theatre.

By January 30, e-mail a resume and cover letter on why they should choose you to darren.taylor@rock-sound.net.

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Reporter @ Springfield, Ill. TV station

WICS, or News Channel 20, ABC's affiliate in Springfield, Illinois, seeks a reporter to help bolster its local news coverage.

"We are searching for an aggressive, motivated, driven individual with a 'can do' attitude who can enterprise, edit and bring in the lead stories," the ad states. "Minimum 1 year of professional experience is required. This position is not for those just starting in the industry. Experience with Avid editing is a definite plus."

Apply online.

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Chicago Tribune seeks reporter

The Chicago Tribune seeks a reporter to assist with its new hyper local news website and weekly print edition, TribLocal. The position is located in Oak Brook, a Chicago suburb.

"The Triblocal.com Assistant Subject Editor will report and write news, edit, recruit outside contributors, take photos, and input events as part of the Triblocal.com outer-ring initiative," the ad states. "This position will also participate in the creation of a weekly newspaper product from development to publication."

Apply online.

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January 21, 2009

Paid internships @ Oklahoma newspapers

Fifteen paid internships at various Oklahoma newspapers are available this summer.

The 8-week internship program, sponsored by the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation, is open to college students and pays $320 per week. Last year, participating newspapers included: Oklahoma City Journal Record, Tulsa Neighbor Newspapers, Norman Transcript, Enid News & Eagles and others.

Applications can be downloaded online. The deadline is February 18.

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January 20, 2009

2-week Guatemala fellowship for young journalist

Worldnomads.com is offering a young journalist -- or someone looking for a career change to journalism -- the chance to travel to Guatemala for two weeks of volunteering, reporting and mentoring.

Here are the details from their website:
"You will work with the San Andres Itzapa and Santa Maria de Jesus Indigenous communities to help improve their quality of life through building an energy efficient stove for a family to help provide cleaner air and encourage less wood consumption.

As part of this assignment, you will receive mentorship from ABC Radio Journalist, Executive Producer & Author, Tim Latham, who will provide assistance via telephone/internet with story development, scripting and final editing.

Your accommodation will be homestay and include a couple of days of Spanish tuition, followed by a three day project building the stove for a family. Your trip will also include visits to the local school and introductions to members of the community where you you will seek out your own unique story to be recorded on your new mobile digital recorder.

The Scholarship also covers airfares from your nearest international airport to Guatemala City, home-cooked meals, travel vaccinations and visa costs.

Once you have returned home, you'll create a 5 minute Podcast Documentary which will become a feature piece on the Indie Travel Podcast website and will be submitted to a number of international radio programs, podcast channels and partner sites, giving you the chance to have your story heard by thousands of travellers!"
Anyone can apply - it's open to students, emerging and non-professional journalists and lovers of travel looking for a career change. Deadline is April 5. Apply online.

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Media law & legal journalism opportunities

There's a lot of cross-over between law and journalism. Both professions require superior research and writing skills, critical thinking, and knowledge of government and the legal system. It's no wonder that a lot of lawyers work as journalists and many journalists have gone on to become lawyers.

For example, Fox News' Greta Van Susteren is a Georgetown Law alumnus. Slate's Dahlia Lithwick went to Stanford Law. On the flip side, former Providence Journal reporter Robert Luskin is now a prominent litigator at Patton Boggs, a prestigious Washington law firm. Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, a renowned First Amendment boutique law firm, has a staff full of journalists-turned-lawyers. (And, I've done both professions, as well.)

To assist with the crossover, I've created a Law & Journalism page that lists career and educational opportunities in media law and in legal journalism.

-Mark Grabowski

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January 19, 2009

6-month paid internships @ BusinessWeek

BusinessWeek, a 1 million-circulation business magazine, is offering 6-month paid internships for recent graduates.

The positions are based in New York and begins in June. Interns will be paid $15 per hour (or $600 per week) and receive overtime after 40 hours.

To apply, e-mail Finance Editor Adrienne Carter at adrienne_carter[at]businessweek.com.

Application deadline is February 16.

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Northwestern offers journalism scholarships to computer whizzes

If you have computer skills and an interest in journalism, consider applying for a new full scholarship at Medill, the world-renowned graduate school of journalism at Northwestern University.

You don't need any journalism experience. Applications are being accepted now.

"We are offering full scholarships to Medill's master's program in journalism ... to people with computer programming skills," associate professor Rich Gordon told cyberjournalist.net. "The goal is, in essence, to try to create more Adrian Holovatys."

"We want students who already have tech skills to come to Medill, learn the culture, craft and mindset of journalists, and figure out interesting ways of connecting technology and journalism. As you know, there are many ways the industry and the academy have tried to teach tech skills to journalists -- the proposition here is that it would be interesting to see what happens if we teach journalism to tech types."

Scholarship winners can enroll at the Chicago area journalism school in January 2009, June 2009, September 2009 or January 2010, according to Medill's website. The scholarships were the result of a Knight News Challenge, which gave Medill more than $600,000 to create an academic program blending computer science and journalism, designed to fill a staffing void at many digital news sites.

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Fashion journalism internships

The U.C.-Davis Textiles and Clothing Department maintains a blog listing editorial internship opportunities at fashion magazines. Recent listings include Harper's Bazaar, Vibe and Elite Traveler.

In addition, find fashion journalism jobs and internships on CubReporters.org's Fashion Journalism page.

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January 18, 2009

Photojournalism scholarships in London

Several scholarships worth up to $15,000 (or full tuition) are available for undergraduate and graduate students to spend a semester overseas studying photojournalism at Syracuse University's London campus.

The scholarships, funded by the Alexia Foundation for World Peace, honor Alexia Tsairis, a photojournalism student at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, who was a victim of the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. She was returning home for the holidays after spending a semester at the Syracuse University London Centre.

Deadline is February 2. Find more info on the foundation's website.

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Entry-level reporter @ NYC weekly paper

The Riverdale Press, a Pulitzer Prize-winning weekly newspaper that covers the Northwest Bronx and a corner of New York City, seeks a general assignment reporter.

"The position offers great training," the ad states. "Reporters who started here now work in the newsrooms of the New York Daily News, the Newark Star-Ledger, the Washington Post and USA Today, among others."

Salary is $450 a week. Benefits include 401(k) and health care. Driver's license a must, Spanish a plus.

Send a cover letter, resume and a "healthy sample" of clips. E-mail materials to: newsroom@riverdalepress.com. Or mail to: The Riverdale Press, 6155 Broadway, Bronx, N.Y. 10471. Attention: Marie Villani-York, editor. No phone calls.

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Journalism fellowship @ Oxford U.

January 28th is the deadline to apply for a journalism fellowship program at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowship Programme "offers fully-funded fellowships to well established mid-career journalists from throughout the world." Applicants must have at least 5 years experience in journalism and be proficient in English.

Fellowships may run from 3 to 9 months. Fellows research and write a paper on a topic they propose in their application. Awards may include travel expenses, accommodation and a modest living allowance.

For more info, visit the fellowship's official website.

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January 17, 2009

Awards for reporting on disadvantaged

January 30th is the deadline to apply for the annual Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards.

They honor "the outstanding reporting of the lives and strife of disadvantaged people throughout the world. Known as the "Poor People's Pulitzers" within the press arena, these award recipients have brought to light issues spanning from child abuse and juvenile crime to discriminatory banking practices and prejudice against AIDS victims."

Prizes are awarded to high school, college, professional and international journalists for in print, radio, TV, photography and editorial cartoons.

For more information on submitting for the RFK Journalism Awards click here or contact Simone Greggs at (202) 463-7575, ext. 234 or greggs@rfkmemorial.org.

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Paid multimedia internships @ NY Times

The New York Times' website is offering three full-time, paid internships throughout the year.

One is a multimedia internship and the other two are online news internships. "All three internships offer the rare, up-close opportunity to work with some of the best online journalists in the nation’s best newsroom," according to the recruiter. Internships are full-time, last up to four months and pay $812 per week.

Multimedia interns assist in the production of photos, graphics, audio and video for the website. Tasks include producing multimedia features with audio and photographs, developing interactive features with Flash, and archiving and research for both breaking news events and enterprise stories.

Online news interns produce articles, photos and multimedia for The New York Times on the Web, as well as helping to put together the online presence for larger news packages and enterprise projects

The internships are available during the fall, spring and summer. The deadlines are summer: Feb. 15, fall: Aug. 15, and spring: Nov. 15.

Applicants should apply online at: http://www.nytco.com/careers/index.html. In the search field, enter the word "internship."

Or, clips and resumes may be sent to: "Digital Newsroom Internship", c/o Brenda Pullman, recruiting specialist, NYTimes.com, 620 Eighth Ave., New York, N.Y. 10018.

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January 16, 2009

Swedish university offers free M.A. in global journalism

Full scholarships are available to pursue a master's degree in global journalism at Orebro University in Sweden. These scholarships also cover travel, accommodation, insurance and other living expenses during the time spent in Sweden.

"The master in Global Journalism is a two-year programme for journalists wanting to further their journalistic knowledge and skills focusing on international news reporting," the announcement states. "The programme has a global focus and brings together professional journalists from Africa, Asia, North and South America, and North and Eastern Europe. The programme is offered in cooperation with journalism educations in Denmark, Finland, and Norway, and parts of the programme are given at universities in these countries. The language of instruction is English."

Apply online. Deadline is February 1. Applicants must know English, have a bachelor's degree and at least two year's experience as journalist.

For information about the programme, please contact global.journalism@hum.oru.se
For information about the application and the scholarships please contact freemover@oru.se.

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