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: https://www.alabamapress.org/foundation/metz-scholarship/

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: https://www.alabamapress.org/student-newsroom-internships/?et_fb=1&PageSpeed=off

 

 

Patch.com seeks three editorial interns in Tuscaloosa

Patch.com 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 ryan.phillips@patch.com, and copy Mark Mayfield, JCM instructor and news media internship coordinator, at msmayfield1@ua.edu.

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 steven.stiefel@times-journal.com. 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 vic.luckersonok@gmail.com, and copy Mark Mayfield at msmayfield1@ua.edu.

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 (http://nonprofitsectornews.org), 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 Patch.com 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, editor@nonprofitsectornews.org.

*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).

Marketing agency seeks full-time copywriters

Atlanta-based Nexus Marketing is looking to hire two-to-three recent (or upcoming) college graduates for full-time copywriting positions. To apply, visit: https://sites.google.com/nexusmarketing.com/jobs/copywriter.

The agency is currently working remotely due to COVID-19, but expects to resume in-person operations in Atlanta as soon as it is safe to do, according to Nexus Marketing President Rafi Norberg.

The firm specializes in digital marketing for businesses that provide products, services, and software to nonprofit organizations.  The ideal candidates for the open copywriting positions include talented recent graduates with backgrounds in writing, journalism, or another writing-intensive degree.

For more information about Nexus Marketing: https://www.nexusmarketing.com/ and https://www.nexusmarketing.com/about/.