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.

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.