Applications now open for Spring 2017 Tuscaloosa News Internships

JN 382 Internship
Tuscaloosa News Internship Checklist

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 JN 311 News Writing and Reporting with a qualifying grade and have completed 45 hours of college work before taking this course.

TO APPLY, submit the following items to Dan Meissner, Internship Coordinator, through the Journalism & Creative Media Department Office, 490 Reese Phifer Hall.

___ 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 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 by the publicized date – preferably sooner. We will check the applications and forward those that are eligible to The Tuscaloosa News for review. You may be called for an interview with The Tuscaloosa News.

IF ACCEPTED, you will be expected to meet with your supervisor to discuss your schedule and job assignments. You will then 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, JN382. When registering, be careful to select the proper number of hours from the credit hour box. Contact Dan Meissner, Internship Coordinator, for more information:

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2017 Internship Opportunities at The Tuscaloosa News
for U of A Journalism & Creative Media 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-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 10 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, or from Prof. Dan Meissner, Course forms for registration in JN382 will be provided to accepted applicants.

Internship Opportunities Include:

General Assignment Reporting
The student(s) will write a general assignment stories, feature stories and cover events throughout the community. Interns will also have an opportunity to suggest story ideas.

Sports Reporting
The student(s) may cover a variety of sports-related high school events, local university and community college events, write sports features and take calls for game reports.

Multi-media Copy Editing / Digital Content (News or Sports departments)
The student(s) will edit print stories, rewrite stories, compile and post multimedia news and feature content and upload material to the design production system. Students who come with knowledge of design techniques also may also assist in online design.

Social Media
The student(s) 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.

The student(s) 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 Reporter
The student(s) will write stories and reviews for entertainment events, interview and profile performance artists and cover other components of the Tuscaloosa area’s lively entertainment scene.

Tuscaloosa Magazine
The student 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.

Database and Agate Reporter
The student(s) will collect information from public sources, mostly government offices, for lists that run in print and databases that can be referenced online. These include restaurant ratings, building permits, business licenses, marriage licenses, and court records. For students with appropriate skills, there is opportunity for innovative Web development of online tools.

Biographical and Photographic Archivist
The student(s) may collect biographical files on prominent members of the community using the newspaper’s archives and other sources, organize historical material and scan and organize photographs from the newspaper’s archives so they can be easily referenced in digital format.


UA Women and Gender Resource Center seeks intern

Title: Communications, Design and Social Media Intern

Department: Women and Gender Resource Center, Division of Student Affairs

Internship Description: The Communications, Design and Social Media intern implements and evaluates the WGRC’s communications, marketing and social media programs. The intern will be responsible for developing educational outreach materials, as well as developing advertising and marketing materials to promote the WGRC’s many programming efforts.

Primary responsibilities include designing of marketing materials for events and programs, most notably fliers and social media graphics; developing news releases and effective ad copy for distribution to both the university and at-large media outlets; maintaining and updating the WGRC’s website; and generating sustainable and engaging connections with the campus and community via the WGRC’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.).

Qualifications: Intern must be junior level or higher majoring in advertising, public relations, marketing or related field. Experience in the areas of event planning, design or marketing is ideal. Applicant must be fluent in Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop), must have knowledge of PR writing and AP style and must have working knowledge of Hootsuite or other social media scheduling programs. Knowledge of email marketing (MailChimp, Constant Contact, etc.) and internet content management systems is preferred.

Interested applicants should send a resume with cover letter to Jackie Northrup, WGRC Assistant Director, at


Gridiron Now is now accepting applications for its contributor program

Gridiron Now is now accepting applications for its contributor program for the 2016 fall college football season. The paid position is looking to be filled ASAP.

The successful applicant will cover University of Alabama football by attending practices, press conferences and games (pending approved credential requests) and write news, feature and analysis stories about the team. A precise coverage plan can be laid out based on the applicant’s schedule.

Preferable candidates will have a strong work ethic and excellent writing abilities. Ability to easily identify newsworthy stories is a plus.

Gridiron Now ( is a college football site that specializes in covering SEC football.

To apply, please send a resume and writing samples to Gridiron Now assistant editor Kevin Connell at Questions also can be sent to the aforementioned email address.

Photojournalism Scholarships offered by James Alan Cox Foundation

The JAMES ALAN COX FOUNDATION is inviting students to apply for our annual photojournalism awards given to students in honor of Mr. James Alan Cox.

We have five (5) undergraduate photojournalism awards, payable to the student’s university, in the amount of $2,500 each: 

  •         4 for video
  •         1 for still photography 

In addition, we have one (1) photojournalism award for a graduate student, payable to the graduate student’s university in the amount of $2,500 for video work.

We also have five (5) high-end digital cameras that will be awarded to high school students for still photographs.

The deadline is November 15, 2016.  Everything can be done online.  Please see this link for the application and for more information.

Jim Cox, a photojournalist for KTVK-3TV in Arizona, was killed in the media helicopter collision over Phoenix 9 years ago.  This is our way of honoring him – a very talented man and beloved son, brother, and friend.

The Decatur Daily seeks crime & police reporter

The Decatur Daily, a family owned, multimedia company covering Morgan, Limestone and Lawrence counties in north Alabama, is seeking a reporter to cover crime and police. Our audiences want good storytellers who also are tenacious in their reporting. We have a strong online presence, so expertise in digital is a plus. Applicants should be curious, skeptical of sources and willing to engage the community. The Daily values in-depth, enterprise reporting.

Send a cover letter, resume and published writing samples to Metro Editor Eric Fleischauer,, and copy Executive Editor Don Hudson,

Associated Press Sports Editors workshop in Knoxville on Friday before UA-Tenn. game open to student journalists

For anyone who is going to be in Knoxville the day before the Alabama-UT game, there is an APSE event that’s open to all student sports journalists, as well as all journalists in general:

Associated Press Sports Editors will hold a drive-in workshop on Friday, Oct. 14 at the University of Tennessee.

The event is hosted by the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee and will take place at 1345 Circle Park Drive Knoxville, Tenn. The workshops are geared to college students looking for a career in sports journalism.

Three one-hour workshops are planned during the day and are open all students, UT faculty/staff and media professionals. Space is limited in the Scripps Lab, so please RSVP to Phil Kaplan at Phil can provide directions and parking information.

Kaplan, a former president of APSE and sports editor of the Knoxville News Sentinel, will moderate the first panel at 10 a.m. He will be joined by Tennessee football beat writer Rhiannon Potkey of the News Sentinel, Tennessee men’s basketball beat writer Grant Ramey of the News Sentinel, and Alabama football beat writer Aaron Suttles of The Tuscaloosa News. The panel will discuss the role of the beat writer and the many challenges they face in today’s print and digital world.

The second panel will start at 11:30 a.m. with UT associate professor Amber Roessner as moderator. She will be joined by Terrin Waack, a student at the University of Alabama and intern for The Tuscaloosa News; Tyler Waldrep, a student at Alabama and sports editor for The Crimson White, who is also interning at The Tuscaloosa News; and Troy Provost-Heron, a recent UT graduate and sports writer for The Daily Times in Maryville, Tenn. The three will talk about their roles and how they balance college life and internships, working for school publications, and future jobs in media companies.

The day will conclude at 2 p.m. with News Sentinel high school editor Chris Thomas. Kaplan, who also is a guest lecturer at Tennessee, will be joined by Tuscaloosa News executive sports editor and current APSE president Tommy Deas. Kaplan and Deas will share their experience as newsroom leaders and offer best practices for students looking for a career in sports journalism.

SCNI seeks a General Assignment Reporter

Shelby County Newspapers, Inc. is seeking two full-time general assignment reporters. These positions include general assignment reporting, feature writing and some photography.

Compensation plan includes base weekly salary, health/dental insurance, 401(k), paid life and disability insurance, retirement plan, paid holidays and paid sick leave. Continue reading SCNI seeks a General Assignment Reporter

UA Student Affairs seeks paid Communications Assistant

Work Schedule:
Monday – Friday, 15-20 hours per week

Undergraduate: $8.00 per hour
Graduate: $10.00 per hour

Department: Division of Student Affairs, Office of External Affairs

Minimum Experience/Education: Knowledge of AP style and editing, experience with computers, social media management

Description: The communications assistant will assist with internal and external communication on behalf of Student Affairs, as well as assist with projects related to other Student Affairs departments. The student will work directly with the assistant director of external affairs.

Specific duties include: Coordinating and overseeing the weekly Student Affairs e-newsletter; Writing articles, press releases and various communication pieces to keep internal and external audiences informed; Assisting with social media management for Student Affairs; Other duties as assigned.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume and writing samples to Jessie Jones via email at by Friday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m.