Apply now for Summer 2021 news internships through the APA Journalism Foundation

The Alabama Press Association Journalism Foundation will again sponsor 10-week newsroom internships this summer for journalism students in Alabama.

Student eligibility: Open to junior or senior undergraduate students or to students enrolled in a graduate program.

Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, March 30, 2021

  • Up to eight internships will be awarded each year
  • Newspapers will pay the matching portion of payroll taxes and will reimburse the intern for any business travel or other business expenses. For hours worked, interns must be paid at least minimum wage.
  • Host newspapers are expected to let the intern write stories, cover meetings and take photos, just as any newsroom staff member would. Also, the host newspaper must share at least one story (but more are encouraged) of statewide interest on the APA content sharing site.
  • Newspaper will apply along with the interns for approval.
  • One of the eight interns will be dedicated to developing content on topics of statewide interest for the APA content sharing site. This multi-media intern position will be supervised by the APA staff with assistance from journalism schools and/or retired journalism professionals.
  • Students will be required to submit a summary of their work experience to be distributed to the board and possibly published in the APA’s newsletter, AlaPressa.

To apply, click here:



Newspaper management scholarship open to rising seniors

The $2,500 W.H. Metz Newspaper Management Scholarship each year goes to a student planning a career in newspaper management. (Applications Must Be Submitted by Tuesday, March 30, 2021.)

  • The scholarship, from the Alabama Press Association Journalism Foundation, is open to rising seniors enrolled in a university or college in Alabama. Students who have declared a major in journalism or advertising will show a commitment to newspaper work, and students who major in other subjects and who have worked at newspapers or on high school or college newspaper staffs also will be considered.
  • The scholarship is offered without regard to race, sex, religion or national origin. Minority students are encouraged to apply.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who say they plan to work in management of newspapers in Alabama.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the APA Journalism Foundation Board of Directors, and a winner, if selected, will be notified in May. A check for the scholarship will be sent directly to the student in September 2020, after the scholarship recipient sends verification of enrollment in the fall semester or winter quarter to the APA office. The Foundation board may choose not to award a scholarship.

Click here to apply: seeks three editorial interns in Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa has announced openings for three editorial interns in Tuscaloosa for the Spring 2021 semester. The positions include:

General assignment reporter: This intern will cover topics, ranging from local government to public events. The ideal candidate will be a student who has taken advanced news writing and/or related junior/senior level media classes and may be in need of internship experience and credit. The job is geared toward helping the student develop strong stories for publication and learn the day-in, day-out of news reporting, meeting deadlines and working with an experienced and award-winning editor. Other positives include photography/social media skills, a willingness to step outside of their comfort zone and a tenacity in getting the details of a story right in order to properly inform one’s community.

UA: This internship focuses on news from The University of Alabama. The ideal candidate will be a student who has taken advanced news writing and/or related junior/senior level media classes and may be in need of internship experience and credit. The intern will develop strong stories for publication and learn the day-in, day-out of news reporting.  Other positives include photography/social media skills, a willingness to step outside of their comfort zone and a tenacity in getting the details of a story right in order to properly inform one’s community. 

Sports reporter: Duties include coverage of college and high school sports in the spring. The candidate will need a working knowledge of traditional team sports, as well as individual sports such as golf, tennis, etc, and will need to have the scheduling availability in the evenings to be able to cover sports, as games generally take place later in the day. The intern will also have the opportunity to pursue feature stories on athletes, coaches and issues, with the internship geared toward developing the crucial skills needed to be an effective sports beat writer. Photography is a major plus for this position but not a requirement.

To apply:

Interested candidates for each of these three positions should send a resume, cover letter and any writing samples to Publisher Ryan Phillips at, and copy Mark Mayfield, JCM instructor and news media internship coordinator, at

The Times-Journal in Fort Payne, Alabama, has opening for general assignment reporter

The Times-Journal, an award-winning newspaper in Fort Payne, Alabama has an immediate opening for a general assignment reporter/designer.

“We’re looking for someone who wants to do a little bit of everything — writing, editing, design, photography,” Times-Journal Publisher Steven Stiefel said. “We publish a daily newspaper and a monthly magazine, so one day you may cover a fatal car crash and the next day you’ll help organize a fashion shoot. If you’re a recent grad, this is the perfect place to gain better understanding of what community journalism is and how we serve our readers.”

Experience with InDesign is preferred but not required. Send your resume and clips (and cover letter explaining why you’re the best for the job) to Publisher Steven Stiefel at The newspaper offers a full benefits package and 401K plan.

Fort Payne is located in northeast Alabama, in the foothills of the Appalachians, with plenty of outdoor activities available — hiking, biking, kayaking. It is also within driving distance of Birmingham, Huntsville, Chattanooga and Atlanta.

Black Wall Street book (from Random House) research internship opportunity available

Victor Luckerson, a University of Alabama alumnus and former editor-in-chief of The Crimson White, is working on a narrative non-fiction book about the history of Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Greenwood District. He has an opening for a JCM student to work remotely in helping research significant events in Greenwood’s story, including the 1921 race massacre, the economic success of “Black Wall Street,” and the devastating community effects of urban renewal.

In a broader context, Luckerson said the book will explore how systemic racism of various forms has undermined black communities and how racial solidarity has been used to combat oppression.

The successful UA intern candidate will have an enthusiasm and aptitude for history, anthropology, and urban policy — and will join a team of researchers who are already working on this project.

The intern’s primary duties will include:

• Reading issues of Tulsa’s black newspaper, The Oklahoma Eagle, from the 1940s-1960s to catalogue important people, events, and issues that impacted Greenwood before and during the Civil Rights Movement.

● Summarizing and excerpting relevant articles in a series of spreadsheets organized by year.

● Constructing timelines of significant Greenwood events based on ongoing coverage in the newspaper.

● Conducting interviews with people (or their descendants) who played a significant role in midcentury Greenwood.

As part of the selection process, internship candidates will be asked to complete four hours of test research. Once selected, the intern will be paid a monthly stipend based on the total number of hours worked. Interested candidates should submit a resume no later than Nov. 30, 2020 directly to Victor Luckerson at, and copy Mark Mayfield at

Nonprofit Sector News (NSN) seeks Spring 2021 interns

Nonprofit Sector News (NSN), a nonprofit news site, seeks part-time journalism interns for Spring 2021. NSN produces original journalism (news, features, investigative) on nonprofits nationwide, and provides this news free to U.S. news media and the public through a website (, Twitter account, and LinkedIn & Facebook pages.*

Emailed newsletters of NSN content, one version for journalists and another for the public, are planned. NSN content also goes to hyperlocal sites. (NSN is not a trade publication for nonprofit employees or boards, unlike Chronicle of Philanthropy, Nonprofit Quarterly, etc.).

Interns are given choices of story ideas and also must propose story ideas. Interns work only from home and/or their campus, conducting background research and interviews using phones, email, Zoom/Skype/etc., Internet searches, and website visits. Students are: given introductory information about covering nonprofits, receive editing/feedback on their writing, ask NSN questions as they work, and are asked to suggest news media outlets that their stories be sent to. NSN fully cooperates with universities that can award academic credit for the internship.

Because NSN is a startup nonprofit, internships are currently unpaid. Interns will be able to use Dane S. Claussen, editor and executive director, as a reference. NSN is especially interested in nonprofits found in almost every U.S. community (Rotary, Goodwill, animal shelters, chambers of commerce, churches, nonprofit colleges/schools, etc.); nonprofits affecting every American (ACLU, League of Women Voters, etc.); nonprofits serving minorities, women, LGBTQ communities, youths, and immigrants; nonprofits of particular interest to younger Americans; and labor unions.

Print/digital journalism students should send a letter of application, a resume (including at least three journalism references: professors or editors)—both as email attachments—and scans of, or links to, your best five stories published/posted in commercial and/or student news media to NSN.  In the application letter, students must state why they want to intern for NSN and offer several story ideas. Applications will be reviewed from mid-November until early January, but apply as quickly as possible. Apply to: Dr. Dane S. Claussen,

*NSN also reposts (on social media and by email) important and/or interesting journalism, from other news organizations, about nonprofits. Eventually, NSN will begin working to generally increase and improve all news media coverage of nonprofit organizations. NSN is tax-exempt under IRS 501(c)(3).

Spring 2021 Internships Available in Tuscaloosa Area

Journalism and Creative Media students interested in spring 2021 internships in the Tuscaloosa area should click on one of the links below to get more information. The list will be updated as more positions become available:

Sports internships providing content for The Tuscaloosa News and its affiliated publications (The Gadsden Times, The Montgomery Advertiser) and for USA Today online. These internships offer the opportunity for significant experience, networking and portfolio development. For more information, click here.

News internships in various news, photography, video, editing and web content areas are available at The Tuscaloosa News. For information click here.

Television Internships in all areas are available at WVUA television. For information on how to apply, click here.

Radio Internships with Alabama Public Radio are offered in both news and production areas. For complete information, click here.

Magazine internship with the Alabama Alumni Magazine. This paid position begins in January 2021. For more details, click here.



Alabama Alumni Magazine seeks spring 2021 intern

The University of Alabama Alumni Association has an opening for an Alabama Alumni Magazine intern for the Spring semester and possibly beyond.

Looking for: A journalism/creative media major, preferably a current sophomore or junior. 

To: Serve as an editorial assistant starting January 2021 or sooner.

Requirements: Strong writing and editing skills, basic experience with InDesign, basic photography experience and a command of AP style. Previous writing experience with responsibility for deadlines is preferred.

Specs: The 15- to 20-hour-a-week, year-round (including summers) position will pay a minimum of $8.50/hour. Publication office is in Alumni Hall. Some remote working allowed during pandemic.

How to apply: Email your résumé (with GPA) and contact information for three references, along with several writing samples to Lydia Avant, director of Alumni Publications, at or drop off application materials at the reception desk in Alumni Hall located beside the Bryant Conference Center.

Application Deadline: Nov. 9, 2020

News Media Internship Opportunities at The Tuscaloosa News

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 should have a 2.5 grade point average overall, have completed JCM303 News Writing and Reporting with a qualifying grade and have completed 45 hours of college work before taking an internship for academic credit. A student should be a major or minor in the Department of Journalism & Creative Media.

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
For sports internship information click here

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.

TO APPLY, submit the following items to Mark Mayfield, Internship Coordinator, VIA EMAIL at

—A letter of application addressed to Mr. Ken Roberts, City 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. Mayfield via email.

— 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 as soon as possible. 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, JCM382. When registering, be careful to select the proper number of hours from the credit hour box. Contact Mark Mayfield, Internship Coordinator, for more information:

General Information

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 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.

Sports internships with Tuscaloosa News & USA Today network outlets

The Tuscaloosa News has an opportunity for sports interns for the spring in its award-winning sports department. The candidates must be qualified University of Alabama Journalism & Creative Media Department majors or minors.

Duties would include coverage of high school, local and possibly UA sports  and include instruction and learning opportunities as well as the chance to create bylines and contribute to the and digital operations. Students may also provide content to other affiliated media outlets.

The Tuscaloosa News is part of the USA TODAY network. Sports interns will be supervised by Tommy Deas, a former executive sports editor at The Tuscaloosa News who now oversees Southeastern Conference coverage and three sports departments in Alabama while working at The Tennessean in Nashville. 

Past interns at The Tuscaloosa News are currently working at such places as the Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal,, the Daily Memphian in Memphis, Nashville Business Journal, in New York and at other operations around the country.

Interns can earn academic credit for the semester through the UA’s internship program with The Tuscaloosa News. Mark Mayfield can advise on how that works. 

If interested, please alert Tommy Deas (, the JCM Internship Coordinator Mark Mayfield ( and Tuscaloosa News City Editor Ken Roberts ( with a cover letter, resume and clips or links to clips (sports clips preferred).

Please respond as soon as possible so you can get set up for the spring semester credit.