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Make Your Own THAT Intern Meme with The Washington Post

It’s that time of year again where newsrooms across the country are inundated with summer interns.

The Washington Post is taking a light hearted approach to summer interns with a fun feature called “Have you seen THAT intern?” where you can turn your questionable intern experiences into a meme.

Make no mistake about it, interns are great. I’ve been an intern and remember how strange it can be to jump into an office environment where you are temporary. I have also had interns who rocked.

Unfortunately, there is always THAT intern. You know who I am talking about. And Jenna Johnson of The Washington Post definitely knows about iffy interns. She describes it ever so aptly:

With thousands of college students once again arriving in Washington for summer internships, everyone who lives here has resumed making fun of those interns. It’s just so easy to do.

Yes, it’s often cruel and unfair. And, yes, most interns are dedicated workers who contribute so much to our city. But for every handful of amazing interns, there’s THAT intern.

As in, the intern who wears flip-flops to work. Or the one who hooks up a lot. Or who is always late. Or who stands on the left.

For the past two years, Johnson has documented various types of intern blunders in a hilarious series of columns called “That Intern” on the paper’s Campus Overload blog. This year, Johnson has decided to “quasi-retire” from writing the feature but she wants readers to pick up the torch. Read more

Six Covers Newsweek Could Have Chosen For Its ‘First Gay President’ Issue

When it comes to blogging platform Tumblr, Newsweek has always led the pack. The news magazine is at it again — this time posting six alternative, although ultimately rejected, versions of its mildly controversial “First Gay President” cover on its Tumblr.

The picture that made the cut for the May 21 issue shows President Barack Obama with a rainbow-hued halo above his head (shown to the right). On the bottom left are printed the words “The First Gay President.”

In the Tumblr post, Brian Ries, Newsweek‘s current social media editor, writes, “Ah, our favorite nwktumblr feature is back: the also-rans! These are the alternate versions of our ’First Gay PresidentNewsweek cover that were left on the cutting room floor.”

See all six rejected covers after the jump.

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Knight News Challenge Applications (Almost) Due

While some journalists will be celebrating spring (and pseudo-Irish heritage) with green beers this weekend, others with an eye on the future and a big idea will have to postpone revelry until they finish polishing off their Knight News Challenge applications due Saturday.

This annual contest culls the next great (or potentially great) idea that will use existing platforms to produce and present news in new useful ways. This year’s theme is “networks,” though the definition of that has been somewhat broadly defined. The winners will share part of the $5 million pot put up by the Knight Foundation to support journalistic digital innovation. To get an idea of (or derive inspiration from) what’s won in the past, read about the 2011 winners.

The deadline for the first round of the contest is Saturday, March 17, and finalists will be named by April 2. Which gives you a few short days to answer the seven short questions on the submission page. The basic questions cover your project cost and scope, as well as the basics of how it would work and why it’s needed. (Take heart, if this deadline approached too soon, you can enter a later round.)

As 10,000 Words previously discussed, the KNC is accepting entries via Tumblr this year. So, although winners won’t be announced until June, you can check out some of the dozens of applications already submitted to get an idea for the breadth of ideas (and in some cases similarity of ideas) among this year’s entrants. In fact, the Knight Foundation made it clear they want to see some discussion about these ideas on the tumblr and online, so even if you don’t have an idea for this round, why not pop over and enter some feedback on the ideas that you love (or don’t) to help those projects gain some favor.

Knight News Challenge Accepting Entries Via Tumblr

Entries for the first of three 2012 Knight News Challenges opened on Monday, with a twist: This year’s application form is being hosted on Tumblr.

The theme of this challenge, with $5 million total in grant money, is networks. In this context, that means:

Witness the roles of networks in the formation, coverage and discussion of recent events such as the rise of the Tea Party, flash mobs, the Arab Spring, last summer’s UK riots and the Occupy movement. We’re looking for ideas that build on the rise of these existing network events and tools – that deliver news and information and extend our understanding of the phenomenon.

The Tumblr will be used for others to offer support, and critiques, for the entries. The entrance form is simplified this year, asking only 7 questions (and requiring succinct answers), ranging from “What do you propose to do?” (20 words maximum) to “How would you sustain the project after the funding expires?” (50 words maximum).

Entries appear on the homepage of the Tumblr. Within hours of the Tumblr going live, 14 entries were already posted and displayed prominently on the homepage, underscoring the popularity of the News Challenge.

The News Challenge is a major source of grant money for journalism-related projects. Last year, prizes ranged from $10,000 to $1 million. The average prize was $294,000. Past winners include Document Cloud and ScraperWiki.

In keeping with their use of social media this year, the challenge’s organizers will host a Google+ hangout tomorrow (Wednesday) at 1 p.m. ET to answer any questions.

Applications will be accepted until March 17.

Below is a video that explains more about the Knight News Challenge.

Knight News Challenge 2012 from Knight Foundation on Vimeo.

Tumblr, Others View Journalistic Content As Key Part Of Future

Tumblr really wants to be more than a collection of cute animal pictures. In fact, it views large publishers as an essential part of its future. Tumblr’s mindset is that quality content from these publishers grows audiences.

“At Tumblr, there’s a recognition that Tumblr is better when you get better stuff on it,” Mark Coatney, Tumblr’s media evangelist, told Josh Sternberg in an interview.

It’s a difficult sell, as not much direct traffic is sent to publishers directly from Tumblr. But Newsweek senior writer Jessica Bennett told Sternberg that it’s a way “to connect with an audience outside the usual network of Newsweek/Daily Beast reader.” Read more

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