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This week, Doree Shafrir over at Buzzfeed wrote about the ‘internship hamster wheel,’ especially pervasive in our industry. She continued the discussion on Twitter under #myinternship, where a lot of current and ex-journo interns shared their woes, their ideas for making existing intern programs better, and rethinking the whole system entirely. In addition to being a fun and easy way to engage with her readers, there were some good anecdotes.
Here are some of the highlights:
If you’re in journalism, and people tell you to pitch stuff to your managers, they’re not lying about that. #myinternship
— Katherine Miller (@katherinemiller) February 18, 2014
unpaid at a community paper, for-credit at a larger paper transitioning to focus on web, paid at BuzzFeed: says where $$ is #myinternship
— Megan Paolone (@meganpaolone) February 18, 2014
I still know the precise Starbucks coffee orders of over 10 mid-level fashion editors. Def doesn’t make me a better writer. #myinternship
— Rega Jha (@RegaJha) February 18, 2014
It’s the time of year when young journalists start hearing back about their internship applications or perhaps getting worried if they haven’t heard back yet.
If you haven’t already received and accepted an offer and made your summer plans, you still have some time to apply for one of the coolest opportunities available this summer: the Google Journalism Fellowship. But not much time — the deadline is this week.
This isn’t your typical summer internship, though. It’s something more immersive, more data-centric and, honestly, sounds more fun. They’re looking for journalism students who have already demonstrated proficiency and interest in digital projects and technologies, but the desired skills and interests are pretty reasonable for j-school students these days. Here’s how they describe the gig:
The program is aimed at undergraduate, graduate and journalism students interested in using technology to tell stories in new and dynamic ways. The Fellows will get the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to a variety of organizations — from those that are steeped in investigative journalism to those working for press freedom around the world and to those that are helping the industry figure out its future in the digital age. There will be a focus on data driven journalism, online free expression and rethinking the business of journalism.
And they will pay the fellows $8,000 (plus a travel stipend) for 10 weeks, from June through August, to work at one of these journalism organizations:
- Center for Investigative Reporting
- Committee to Protect Journalists
- Investigative Reporters & Editors
- Nieman Journalism Lab
- Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project
- Sunlight Foundation
- Texas Tribune
This application is due Friday, January 31… So, um, why are you wasting time?! Apply here.
Need to brush-up on your digital journalism skills? You might want to check-out some free or low-cost, online courses being offered within the next few months.
If I were friends with Ezra Klein, I would tell him to keep his chin up this week. As you might have read, he’s leaving the Post and Wonkblog, effective immediately, to start his own media venture, after the Post decided they wouldn’t be interested in investing a reported $10 million and hiring three dozen people to help him do it.
The general consensus is that Klein is going to need more luck than funding to make this work.
It’s not going to be easy — as many have pointed out — relying on advertising and his brand won’t be enough. John McDermott over at Digiday points out that Re/Code’s Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg need to charge thousands of dollars for conference tickets to make it work, Grantland has ESPN’s big name to draw national brands, Glenn Greenwald has a billionaire backer and Andrew Sullivan is, well, Andrew Sullivan. Read more
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