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 LAvant@alumni.ua.edu 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 msmayfield1@ua.edu.

—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: msmayfield1@ua.edu.


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 tuscaloosanews.com and Tidesports.com 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, NASCAR.com, the Daily Memphian in Memphis, Nashville Business Journal, Patch.com 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 (tdeas@gannett.com), the JCM Internship Coordinator Mark Mayfield (msmayfield1@ua.edu) and Tuscaloosa News City Editor Ken Roberts (ken.roberts@tuscaloosanews.com) 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.

Apply now for WVUA internship for spring 2021

Internship applications are now being accepted at WVUA television for the Spring 2021 semester.

For application information, please contact Steve Diorio, sdiorio@wvua23.com.

To obtain academic credit, after you are accepted, you will need to submit the Student Information Form and the station will need to submit the Supervisor Information Form to Prof. Mark Mayfield, msmayfield1@ua.edu so you can receive an override to register for credit.

The forms can be found on the department’s internship page: https://jcm.ua.edu/internships/news-and-sports-media/

Please apply as soon as possible.

Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice

The Direct Action and Research Training Center will hold an online info session on Wednesday, October 28 at 5 pm Central to discuss careers in community organizing. All UA students and alumni welcome, particularly those graduating this year.

Sign up at www.thedartcenter.org/info

DART trains professional organizers and community organizations to work for social, economic and racial justice, including:

* Holding police departments accountable
* Shutting down the school-to-prison pipeline
* Reining in predatory lenders
* Expanding access to primary health and dental care
* Prioritizing funding for affordable housing and job training
* Fighting for immigrants’ rights

Positions start January 11, 2021 and August 9, 2021 in:

Florida: St. Petersburg, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Lakeland, Tampa, Sarasota, Fort Myers, West Palm Beach
Kansas: Topeka, Wyandotte County and Johnson County
Ohio: Columbus

Starting salary $40,000/year + benefits.

DART organizations are diverse coalitions including many low- and moderate-income, minority and immigrant communities. We strongly encourage people from these backgrounds, as well as fluent Spanish speakers and DACA recipients, to apply.

To apply or learn more about DART, visit www.thedartcenter.org and find us on instagram and facebook @theDARTcenter. Still have questions? Contact sarah@thedartcenter.org or 937.974.6093

Nonprofit Sector News (NSN) seeks Fall 2020 Interns

Nonprofit Sector News (http://nonprofitsectornews.org), a nonprofit news site, seeks part-time journalism interns for Fall 2020. We produce original journalism (news, features, investigative) on nonprofits of all kinds nationwide, and provide that news (a kind of news service), free to U.S. news media and the public through a website, Twitter account, and LinkedIn and Facebook pages.* Emailed newsletters of NSN content, one version for journalists, one for the public, also
are planned. NSN content also goes to Patch.com hyperlocal sites. (NSN is not a trade publication for nonprofit employees or boards, unlike Chronicle of Philanthropy, Nonprofit Quarterly, etc.).

Interns will be given choices of story ideas and also will be able to propose story ideas. Interns will work from home and/or their campus, conducting background research and interviews using telephones, email, Zoom/Skype/etc., Internet searches, and website visits. Students will: be given introductory information about covering nonprofits, receive editing/feedback on their writing, ask NSN questions as they work, and be asked to suggest news media outlets that their
stories be sent to. NSN will fully cooperate with universities that can award academic credit for the internship. (Because we’re a startup nonprofit, internships are unpaid, at least this year. Sorry.) Interns also will also be able to use NSN Editor/E.D. Dr. Dane S. Claussen 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 whose work affects every American (ACLU, League of Women Voters, etc.); non-profits that serve minorities, women, LGBTQ communities, youths, and immigrants; 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. Your application letter must state why you want to intern for NSN and several
story ideas. Applications will be reviewed throughout August but apply as quickly as possible.

Apply to: Dr. Dane S. Claussen, editor@nonprofitsectornews.org.
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*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).

Alabama Public Radio internships available – APPLY NOW

Alabama Public Radio offers an opportunity for a hands-on learning experience working alongside national and international award winning journalists on a daily basis. Alabama Public Radio serves the citizens of Alabama to bring them the news they need to build a stronger community. Our goal is to provide our student interns with a unique opportunity to hone their skills as journalists, which makes them employable.  We do 107 minutes of news casting per week and 60% of that copy is written by our interns. We put specific emphasis on writing, interviewing and audio production in the newsroom. Our Interns work alongside the full time staff on long term projects and day to day assignments throughout the station and will work on their own independent projects. Internships are available in APR’s news, marketing, and programming and music departments.

Interns are students currently enrolled at the University of Alabama. Interns have the option to volunteer or work for school credit. Work done for school credit should be set up along with a faculty advisor and the APR internship coordinator.

Here are a couple of links to recent stories by current student members of the team. The one titled “The Believers” recently won an international Gold in the New York Festivals radio competition (APR’s 135th award since I became news director—go team!)

https://www.apr.org/post/selling-kids-being-lgbtq-bible-belt

https://www.apr.org/post/believers-alabamians-remember-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-and-robert-e-lee-0

REQUIREMENTS

Interns must commit to a semester-long internship.

Internships run with the University of Alabama academic calendar.

APR has a dress code that is business casual. Interns are expected to appear neat and professional.

TO APPLY

For news department internships, send an e-mail to Stan Ingold at singold@apr.org including your resume and class schedule.

DEPARTMENTS:

News:

News interns will work with Alabama Public Radio’s national and international award winning news team to help produce local news content for radio and our website www.apr.org . Interns will learn how to write well under deadline pressure, conduct interviews, how to use audio recording equipment and editing software, and how to produce their own original spots and sound-rich features for broadcast and our website. All of these skills make you employable in the industry. The following are a few skills you gain as an ops assistant at APR:

  • Writing well under deadline pressure
  • Audio Editing
  • Conducting interviews
  • Working with a team
  • Story development
  • Feature Reporting
  • Voice Work
  • Learning how to work with a news team in a professional setting
  • Learning to collaborate with other departments within the Digital Media Center

 

Programming/Production:

Have you ever wondered how the content of your favorite radio station is put out over the airwaves? Well, the person who makes this happen is the operations manager or program director. As an operations assistant intern at Alabama Public Radio, you’ll gain hands-on experience that will make you more marketable in a competitive job industry. The following are a few skills you gain as an ops assistant at APR:

  • The basics of how to operate sound boards in production rooms
  • Becoming a better creative/promotional writer via website and social media postings on APR platforms
  • Learning the basics of editing audio in Adobe Audition (mixdowns, normalize, hard limiter, fade-ins and fade-outs)
  • Ability to import content into ENCO automation system using a specific coded format
  • Knowledge of how to get Allegiance Traffic software to show up in a DAD playlist
  • Knowledge of how to generate and make manual changes to daily playlists/build a mini playlist
  • Understanding of how changes made to clocks in Scheduling Wizard effects day-to-day playlists (content cut numbers, commands and transitions)
  • ability to download, format and edit content from APR content distributors
  • Knowledge of APR content and program schedule
  • Understanding of the flow of a standard NPR clock/program

 

Summer and Fall Internships are now available in the Tuscaloosa area for JCM majors and minors

Journalism and Creative Media students interested in summer or fall 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:

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

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

Alabama Public Radio offers internships in both news and production areas. For complete information click here.