Columbus, Miss., newspaper seeks interns and full-time reporters

The Commercial Dispatch, a family-owned daily newspaper in Columbus, Mississippi, is seeking interns for Christmas break and summer 2020.

Interns can work up to 40 hours a week at $10/hour. This is a general assignment role where interns could report on city, county government, crime and education, as well as write features and personality profiles. The Dispatch’s last several interns also have worked on an enterprise project during their time. So, lots of great experience and portfolio-building opportunities for those interested in community journalism.

The Dispatch is also seeking to fill two full-time spots in its newsroom (local government and education reporter). The Dispatch is willing to look at recent graduates or students getting ready to graduate in December.

If interested in any of these positions, email Zack Plair, managing editor for The Dispatch, at zplair@cdispatch.com.

More about The Dispatch:
The Dispatch is the fifth-largest daily newspaper in the State of Mississippi, based on circulation. Its coverage areas include primarily Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Clay Counties. The Dispatch is  owned and operated by the Imes Family, which acquired the newspaper in 1922.

 

Tuscaloosa News Internships available for Spring 2020 — APPLY NOW

Below is a checklist of items students must submit in order to apply for a Journalism & Creative Media Department coordinated internship at The Tuscaloosa News. Students must have a 2.5 grade point average overall, have completed JCM303 (or JN 311) News Writing and Reporting with a qualifying grade and have completed 45 hours of college work before taking this course. Students should be a major or minor in the Department of Journalism & Creative Media.

TO APPLY, submit the following items to Dan Meissner, News Media Internship Coordinator, through the Journalism & Creative Media Department Office, 490 Reese Phifer Hall. Applications are due by Tuesday, November 19, 2019.

____ A letter of application addressed to Mr. Michael James, Executive Editor, The Tuscaloosa News, 315 28th Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. The letter should outline:

· your reasons for wanting the internship

· the number of hours per week you can work

· the area(s) in which you desire to work (more areas improve chances but be willing to accept any for which you apply)

· your experience and qualifications

Your letter should be formatted as a professional business letter.
Do not send the letter to the News; submit it and your other material to Prof. Meissner through the Journalism & Creative Media Department.

____ Your current resume

____ Several (3-5) examples of your journalistic work. If you have professional or student publication clips, submit these. If you do not have published work, submit outstanding examples from class assignments.

All the above items should be submitted to the department no later than the publicized date – preferably sooner. We will check the applications and forward those that are eligible to The Tuscaloosa News for review.

IF ACCEPTED, you will be expected to meet with your supervisor to discuss your schedule and job assignments and submit the following items to the Journalism & Creative Media Department.

____ Completed Student Information Form

____ Completed Supervisor Information Form

After these items are received, you will be given an override to register for the internship class, JN/JCM382. When registering, be careful to select the proper number of hours from the credit hour box. Contact Dan Meissner, Internship Coordinator, for more information: dmeissner@ua.edu.

 2020 Internship Opportunities at The Tuscaloosa News
for UA Journalis
m & Creative Media Dept. Students

Purpose and conditions:

The Tuscaloosa News offers opportunities for University of Alabama students to work in the newsroom on supervised projects that will better prepare them for jobs in journalism upon their graduation. These projects will also benefit the operations of The Tuscaloosa News.

Student interns must be enrolled in the internship course to participate in an internship at The Tuscaloosa News. UA Journalism & Creative Media students must have completed JN311/JCM303-News Writing and Reporting with a qualifying grade, have maintained a 2.5 grade point average and have successfully completed at least 45 credit hours. The Tuscaloosa News will not assume workplace liability for students or provide any employer benefits. Students who are working outside the newspaper office must provide their own transportation and provide a photocopy of a valid driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance. Interns must sign a standard intern contract that sets out the expectations conditions of the internship. Students successfully completing the internship will receive a stipend of $250 paid through their university account to assist in internship expenses such as gas, etc. Credit hours to be received should be determined in consultation with the internship coordinator in the UA Department of Journalism & Creative Media. Students are responsible for tuition costs for credit received.

The Tuscaloosa News agrees to provide a focused experience for students who will work with a supervisor on staff. The supervisor will evaluate the student’s work on a continuing basis through the semester, and provide written assessments at the midpoint of the term and at the end.

Students must submit their internship application, a letter of application indicating internship areas of interest, copies of past journalistic work and any other required materials through the UA Department of Journalism & Creative Media Department. The department will screen applications to verify academic eligibility and forward them to The Tuscaloosa News for review. Applicants may be asked to interview with representatives from the newspaper.

Important Note: Students generally work an average of 12 to 20 hours per week when interning during spring and fall semesters and 15 to 30 hours (or more) during the 10-week summer term. Working fewer hours may not provide for enough supervisor contact and work time to provide the continuity necessary for a beneficial learning experience for the student and for The Tuscaloosa News. Students will work a schedule at The Tuscaloosa News that will be flexible and developed around the student’s class schedule.

University of Alabama Journalism & Creative Media students should submit their applications to Dan Meissner, in the Department of Journalism & Creative Media. Application information is available in the department office (Phifer Room 490), at www.jnews.ua.edu, or from Prof. Dan Meissner, dmeissner@ua.edu. Course forms for registration in JN382 will be provided to accepted applicants.

Internship Opportunities Include:

General Assignment Reporting
Interns will write general assignment stories and will cover events throughout the community. Interns will also have an opportunity to suggest story ideas.

Feature Writing
Interns will write feature stories about the community, profile people in the community and will be actively involved in developing and suggesting story ideas.

Sports Reporting
Interns may cover a variety of sports-related high school events, local college and community college events, write sports features and take calls for game reports.

Multi-media Copy Editing / Online Digital Content
Interns will edit print stories, compile and post multimedia news and feature content, create online galleries and upload material to the design production system. Students may also assist in online design.

Social Media
Interns will promote online awareness through a variety of social media applications. Updating information channels throughout the day and creating community awareness of information in a coordinated manner will be paramount, as will developing web and other visual content, as appropriate.

Photographer and/or videographer
Interns will work with staff photographers learning the day to day aspects of community visual journalism. Students will be able to shoot photographs of community events, prep sports and standalone feature photos for use in print and on the website. Students may produce video for use on websites and may also be asked to assist on larger scale shoots such as fashion and architectural shoots for Tuscaloosa Magazine.

Entertainment Reporting
Interns will write stories and reviews for entertainment events, interview and profile performance artists and cover other components of the Tuscaloosa area’s lively entertainment and food scene.

Tuscaloosa Magazine
Interns will assist in the planning and organizing the production of the periodic full-color magazine. Duties may include a variety of functions depending on the intern’s skills and the production cycle of the magazine at the time of the internship. This is generally limited to returning interns.

 

Internships available at Trussville Tribune

College juniors or seniors are invited to take part in the internship program at The Trussville Tribune. Interns observe daily operations and are able to take some part in aspects of the job, including but not limited to news gathering, photography, writing AP Style, video production, social media, and interviewing.

By the end of the internship, students should feel comfortable conducting interviews for storytelling and putting their stories together. Other objectives include networking, and multi-tasking and working in a fast-paced environment.
This internship will benefit anyone looking for a promising career in a newspaper.

For more information, contact: erica.thomas@trussvilletribune.com

Shelby County newspaper group seeks managing editor

Shelby County Newspapers, Inc., a media company specializing in newspapers, magazines and digital storytelling in Shelby County, AL, is seeking a newsroom leader with a strong passion for news and storytelling.

The managing editor will oversee editorial content for our newspapers and websites. Responsibilities include managing a staff of writers and freelancers, editing and proofreading material written by other staff members, as well as general assignment reporting, feature writing and some photography. This person must have at least two years’ experience in a newsroom and must be comfortable juggling many projects and deadlines.

This full-time opportunity offers a competitive salary and benefits. Compensation plan includes base weekly salary, health/dental insurance, 401(k), paid life and disability insurance, retirement plan, paid holidays and paid sick leave. Opportunity for advancement—with our company and others in our parent company— is nearly limitless.

Our publications include:

  • The Shelby County Reporter, a weekly newspaper with a daily online focus. The Reporter has earned the state press association’s General Excellence award each of the last 13 years.
  • The Alabaster Reporter, Pelham Reporter, Helena Reporterand 280 Reporter, weekly newspapers with a daily online focus.
  • Shelby Living, Hoover’s Magazine, Homewood Life, Mountain Brook Magazine and Vestavia Hills Magazine.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to lead, motivate and mentor a newsroom
  • Excellent community news judgment
  • Solid writing, researching and interviewing skills
  • Fluency in AP style and strict adherence to grammar rules
  • Valid driver’s license, car insurance and a vehicle
  • Impeccable time management and organization skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field preferred
  • Strength in social media audience development is a must as is strength in all forms of digital storytelling.

To apply email your cover letter, résumé, earnings expectations and writing samples to Daniel Holmes at daniel.holmes@shelbycountyreporter.com.

Greenwood, Miss., 5-day daily seeks general assignment reporter

The Greenwood, Miss., Commonwealth, a 3,500-circulation five-day daily, has an opening for a general assignment reporter. You’ll work hard, and in return we’ll provide both good coaching and interesting and varied assignments. You’ll cover local government, education, police and courts, plus enterprise work and features. Photography and/or videography skills would be helpful.

The Commonwealth publishes Tuesday through Saturday mornings. It is regularly judged one of the best small daily newspapers in Mississippi. It also publishes a general-interest quarterly magazine.

Greenwood is in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, an area with a complex civil rights history as well as a rich and varied culture, including great restaurants. It is farm country, but among its major employers are also Milwaukee Tool and Viking Range. Greenwood is also a place that values a newspaper willing to cover both the easy stories and the hard ones.

Compensation range is $26,000 to $30,000, depending on candidate’s abilities. Benefits include health insurance, 401(k) pension plan, life insurance, two weeks of paid vacation and up to one week of sick leave.

Send resume, references and three of your best writing samples to Editor Tim Kalich at tkalich@gwcommonwealth.com.

 

 

Tim Kalich

Editor and Publisher

Greenwood Commonwealth

329 Hwy. 82 West / P.O. Box 8050

Greenwood, MS 38935-8050

Phone 662-581-7243

Fax 662-453-2908

 

WBHM Birmingham radio announces internships

Internship application is now open at WBHM 90.3 FM in Birmingham, Ala.

Interns are students currently enrolled in high school or college, or recent graduates who have been out of school for less than a year. Interns will work for school credit. A faculty advisor will be involved, and WBHM staff will report to the advisor on a regular basis.

All interns can expect ongoing feedback and coaching presented in a respectful manner. Interns and adult learners will be evaluated at the end of the semester. At this time, the option of an additional semester will be reviewed by WBHM if the intern/adult learner wishes to continue. After the additional semester, and at WBHM’s sole discretion, interns/adult learners may continue to intern with WBHM and the possibility of payment for hours worked may be considered.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Interns and adult learners must work at least 15 hours/week on a set schedule.
  • Interns must commit to a semester-long internship. WBHM follows UAB’s academic calendar.
  • WBHM has a business casual dress code. Interns and adult learners are expected to look neat and professional.

TO APPLY

  • For news department internships, fill out the WBHM News Internship Application and e-mail to gigi@wbhm.org along with a resume and cover letter.
  • Applications for the fall are due on August 9.
  • For all other internships, email the point person for that department (see below).

 

DEPARTMENTS:

News: 
News interns will work with WBHM’s news director and reporters to help produce local news content for radio and WBHM.org. Interns will learn how to do interviews, how to use audio recording equipment and editing programs, and how to produce their own original spots and sound-rich features for broadcast and digital platforms. Strong digital skills are a plus. To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and the WBHM News Internship Application to News Director Gigi Douban at gigi@wbhm.org.

Programming/Production:
Programming/Production interns will work primarily with WBHM’s Program Director producing promos and/or short features to air on WBHM. Using digital editing, they will ultimately be responsible for conceiving, writing, editing and mixing their work, the goal being to air on WBHM. They may also record audio in the field as well. Additional work could include working with the automations system and audio consoles. To apply, send a resume, cover letter and contact information for three references to Michael Krall at michael@wbhm.org.

 

Seattle PBS station seeks visual journalism editor

Visual Journalism Editor

March 13, 2019

Coordinate the work of Cascade Public Media’s local Content teams in order to create a consistent and distinctive visual approach and strategy to the rich mix of multimedia journalism for KCTS9 public television and Crosscut. Foster a culture of collaboration and innovation in pursuit of reaching a broad and diverse audience, and creating a bright future for public media in our increasingly digital world.

Qualified applicants please apply here.

Cascade Public Media strives to promote diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion in our content and across all of our brands. Diversity is more than a commitment—it is the foundation of what we do. We are fully focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other fascinating characteristics that make us different.

SCOPE OF POSITION

The Visual Journalism Editor is a highly organized digital media expert who coordinates the work of our multimedia content teams in the development, production and distribution of local stories for KCTS9 public television and Crosscut. The Editor is responsible for overseeing Photo and Editing staff, along with serving as key influence over Video Producers. The role is aimed at pulling together and harmonizing Cascade Public Media’s innovations and best practices around how we tell stories in video, photos and multimedia for digital uses, while maintaining excellence for our broadcast, digital and emerging audiences.

KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

I. Manage

  1. Work to grow and support newsroom behaviors in developing a consistently high-quality stream of multimedia content
  2. Directly oversee the team of video editors and staff photographers
  3. Manage weekly visual production meetings and daily editorial check-ins, manage story budget and enforce deadlines
  4. Manage visual journalism budget. Responsible for production equipment allocation
  5. Liaise with company’s legal department and outside counsel regarding various visual issues

II. Collaborate

  1. Co-drive an ambitious vision for doing more within the visual storytelling space alongside the Content, Digital and Marketing teams to evolve new digital experiences and special projects
  2. Demonstrate and apply understanding of digital newsgathering, storytelling and audience-engagement innovation
  3. Work with the section editors to champion the use of innovative storytelling techniques and platforms

III. Develop

  1. Work with the Executive Editor to create a culture of mutual respect, support and collaboration in the Cascade Public Media newsroom
  2. Develop an effective and efficient workflow for CPM visual storytelling
  3. Inspire and mentor our visual teams to advance through timely and constructive input, and professional development opportunities
  4. Develop a culture where data is used daily to measure performance of our local content, and to inform story angles, experimentation and future planning
  5. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in broadcasting, journalism, communications, new media, business or a related field or equivalent experience required; advanced study or a graduate degree preferred
  2. At least eight years of experience producing and directing broadcast and journalistic multimedia content in a deadline-oriented environment
  3. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of content production in a multi-platform environment, including broadcast and digital
  4. Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with peers; significant experience organizing and managing multiple priorities, and in developing and managing projects
  5. Experience with digital media platforms and programming approaches with new models of content creation
  6. Experience negotiating agreements and developing/managing financial resources
  7. Excellent interpersonal skills for building and fostering key internal and external business relationships, as well as the ability to perform effectively in a team-oriented environment
  8. Ability to continuously improve processes and systems
  9. Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment
  10. Deep understanding of journalism ethics and practices, with nonprofit or public media experience preferred
  11. Experience with AVID, Adobe CC/Premiere Pro, After Effects, Canon C100, C300, Canon 5D dSLR, a plus

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Must have, or be able to obtain, a valid Washington State driver license
  2. Ability to work a varied schedule, including evening, weekends and some holidays required
  3. Ability to view data on a computer screen for long periods of time
  4. Ability to regularly type on a keyboard
  5. Ability to sit or stand for extended periods

Cascade Public Media is committed to building a team that represents a diversity of thought, experience and personal background.

New publishing company looks for innovative journalists

Interested in revolutionizing community journalism? Still agree that print is not dead, but on the rise and desperately needed in today’s climate?

Then you will love working at the newspapers owned by Kingfisher Media.

The Leeds Tribune and Selma Sun are fast-growing weeklies under new ownership that need editors and reporters to lead our coverage of news, sports, features, education – everything important to the cities we cover.

The Leeds Tribune covers Leeds, Ala., located just outside of Birmingham along the booming Interstate 20 corridor. The Selma Sun covers the historic city of Selma, Ala., and Dallas County, which are on the cusp of major growth and change.

Kingfisher Media is owned by Cindy Fisher, a veteran journalist with a passion for establishing successful business models for community newspapers that involve integrating traditional news coverage with video, social media engagement and TV elements to create a new way to present news to an engaged and eager audience.

Join our team and our journey of taking journalism to the next level with innovative ways to reach the next generation of readers.

Email a resume and cover letter to Publisher Cindy Fisher at publisher@leedstribune.com or publisher@selmasun.com. Learn more about us at www.leedstribune.com and www.selmasun.com.