Applications now open for SUMMER & FALL 2017 Tuscaloosa News Internships

JN382/JCM382 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 (JCM303) News Writing and Reporting with a qualifying grade and have completed 45 hours of college work before taking this course. A student should be a major or minor in the Department of Journalism & Creative Media. Continue reading Applications now open for SUMMER & FALL 2017 Tuscaloosa News Internships

Applications for Spring 2017 Tuscaloosa News Internships Extended to Friday, November 4

Several spots are still available for Spring 2017 interns. Great opportunity to get published in profession media, develop skills and make contacts in the industry.

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.


Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) will host student workshop in Nashville

Representatives from IRE will host a workshop that will aid students in developing and perfecting their overall reporting skills and abilities to create stories on campus. Investigative reporters from  The Columbus Dispatch, CBS, NBC and other organizations will demonstrate how to locate key documents to add to in-depth stories.

Topics like using the Internet as a tool, how to interpret your college’s academic and financial performance and how to utilize open records will be discussed.

The seminar will be held Feb. 26-27 at the John Seigenthaler Center in Nashville. A registration fee of $59 is required (through Jan. 24). On Jan. 25 the fee will be $79. The seminar is limited to 100 attendees.

To register for the seminar click here.

For more information about the workshop and scheduling click here.

90min seeks sports contributors for new online publication

Who we are
Want to write about your favorite sports teams, while simultaneously building your resume? Now is your chance!

90min, the cutting edge global sports media platform, is looking for college interns to participate in our sports journalism internship program. With a network of over 200 team communities in Europe, South America and Asia, 90min’s content is consumed by a global audience of millions via online media, mobile platforms and handheld devices. 90min receives over 30 million unique users and over 500 million Facebook and Twitter impressions monthly.

As part of 90min’s success, we are launching a new American sports brand targeting all major US sports. Not only is the internship an excellent way to hone your journalism skills but it is also an opportunity to be one of the first contributors for our new brand! The internship is 3 months long and requires you to write at least 10 articles per week.

• Passion for everything sports and expert knowledge of popular leagues such as MLB, NBA, NFL, etc.
• Excellent writing skills and proper use of grammar
• Strict attention to detail
• Familiarity with blogging and social media platforms
• Commitment to comply with editorial deadlines
• Creativity is a must!!

• Write a minimum of 10 articles per week
• Work from home or any location you want. Flexible work hours
• See your articles regularly published on our media partners’ sites: Huffington Post, USA Today, etc.
• Have your work read, shared and commented on by an audience of millions
• Receive regular feedback from 90min’s experienced editorial staff
• Upon completion of internship, receive a letter of recommendation and personal references on LinkedIn and email
• Upon completion, top performers will be considered for paid writing positions

For more information or to apply please send your CV to

The Commercial Dispatch seeks summer intern, crime reporter

The Commercial Dispatch in Columbus, Mississippi is looking for a summer intern and a crime reporter. The Dispatch is one of the largest daily newspapers in Mississippi, publishing six times a week and covering Columbus/Lowndes County, Clay County, The W, Mississippi State, and Starkville/Oktibbeha County.

The Dispatch typically hires a summer intern for 11 weeks. They pay minimum wage, plus a $100 per week living stipend. Interested students should send resume and writing samples to

Crime Reporter
The Dispatch is also keen to hire an enterprising graduate who can tote a scanner and respond to Starkville breaking news, cover the occasional meeting, write the occasional feature and who is confident with a camera.
This person would live in Starkville and compliment Starkville bureau chief Carl Smith’s efforts. It won’t pay much, but it will be a great way to get lots of experience in a variety of stories really quickly.

The position is good for someone who has internship experience or has worked at the CW. The cost of living in Starkville is relatively low and the volume of stories is constant, and the Dispatch will likely split this beat between crime and education.

Either way, it’s a great opportunity at a solid paper. Send resume and samples to, but it also wouldn’t hurt to email, the operations manager who is involved with content.

Capital Semester – Political Journalism Track in Washington, DC

Fall: August 26 – December 11, 2015
Spring: January 13 – April 30, 2016

Students will earn 12 credits and are guaranteed an internship with a media outlet or communications firm. Students are encouraged to apply for the Fall Semester early application deadline of March 1 to receive priority scholarship consideration and a 5% tuition discount.

Spend a semester in Washington, DC making an investment in your future that will help set you apart after college.  This comprehensive program sponsored by The Fund for American Studies includes a guaranteed journalism or communications internship placement, courses for transferable credit, and furnished housing in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

The program’s description:

We’ve been creating academic internship experiences for over 40 years and guarantee all participants an internship placement. Your options are endless – we work with many different newspapers, magazines, online publications, news services, TV and radio stations, as well as communications firms.

Who you know does matter – especially when it comes to your future job search. Our programs are designed to allow students to make valuable professional connections and practice networking skills in a real-world setting. You can participate in a mentor program, as well as roundtable discussions and networking receptions with program alumni.

Washington, DC is the perfect place to explore a variety of career paths while enjoying a vibrant arts and culture scene. Take advantage of the free Smithsonian museums, many musical and theatre performances, as well as sports events. You can explore DC and meet fellow program participants through program-planned social activities including a guided tour of the monuments, a day trip to Mt. Vernon, ice staking at the national sculpture garden, and outing to the National Zoo.

Earn 12 academic credits from the DC Metro Area’s George Mason University. Mason was recently ranked #1 Up and Coming University by U.S. News and World Report. The program has a curriculum that is designed to complement the journalism internship experience.

You will have a front row seat to a variety of exclusive briefings and uniquely DC events, allowing you to further explore the journalism career field, make important professional connections and have fun while doing so. You will have the chance to attend once-in-a-lifetime tours and hear from leaders within such institutions as the State Department, U.S. Congress, White House, World Bank, National Press Club and Newseum.

Students applying for Fall 2015 will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of June 1, 2015. Applicants are encouraged to apply for the early deadline of March 1, 2015 in order to receive preference in admissions and scholarship consideration, as well as a 5% tuition discount.

The early application deadline for Spring 2016 is October 1. Applications for spring will be accepted until the final deadline of November 1.

There is a substantial amount of scholarship funding available, and awards are made based on financial need and merit.

For more information and to be begin an online application, please visit the program’s website Questions may be directed to Dana Faught at or 202.986.0384.

IJNet’s Master’s degree in global business journalism in China

Earn your master’s degree in global business journalism at Tsinghua University, the top university in China and among the top 50 in the world. Program features include:

  • Two-year program, all classes in English, unique in China
  • Graduates land internships and jobs with major business media and multinational corporations
  • Innovative curriculum: data mining, multimedia reporting, economics for journalists
  • Learn from international faculty from major media organizations
  • 10 Bloomberg terminals available in our school’s laboratory
  • Half of students are Chinese, half from all over the world
  • Guest lectures from world leaders, CEOs, award-winning journalists
  • Experienced journalists encouraged to apply, but no previous journalism experience is necessary.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 28. To apply, click here.

SCOTUSblog now accepting applications for summer internship

SCOTUSblog is now accepting applications from current undergraduate students interested in a summer internship.

We are looking for candidates who have:

  • A strong academic record
  • A strong interest in constitutional and appellate law
  • Demonstrated excellent writing, editing, and research skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and a close attention to detail

To apply, please send us the following materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information for two references
  • A writing sample of no more than five double-spaced pages that has not been edited by anyone other than you
  • An official or unofficial college transcript

Application materials should be sent by January 31 to Kali Borkoski at kborkoski@scotusblog.comand Andrew Hamm at

Magazine Writing Internship at Planet Weekly

Learn to tell stories with color and character, guided by the Planet Weekly editorial staff. Reporters will cover arts, entertainment, local business and human interest, following assignments and generating fresh story ideas for each issue.

Requirements include: experience writing a news feature, familiarity with AP style, ability to find stories in the community.

Skills to be learned: composing long-form stories, conveying imagery and detail, interviewing for rich, personal content.

A message from William Barshop, assistant editor: “The Planet Weekly is a great place to get creative, pursue subjects that interest you, and develop a style of writing that is not covered in most UA journalism classes. As an intern I wrote in-depth features on  topics from the Alabama education system to the closing of local bookstores. I covered music acts based in Tuscaloosa and interviewed nationally recognized artists. The current editor-in-chief, Herb Neu, is an incredible resource for feedback. To anyone with ambitions in the realm of magazine writing, I highly recommend you apply.”

Applicants should submit 1-3 finished pieces (coursework is ok if no published work is available) to Herb Neu, Please include name, phone number, Spring 2015 class schedule and a short description of the kind of articles you hope to write.


King Kaufman of Bleacher Report to Speak on 11/4

King Kaufman, the Writing Program Manager at Bleacher Report, will host an informational session in Reese Phifer about programs for students.

The session will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday Nov. 4, in Reese Phifer Room 323 and will provide information to students interested in Bleacher Report’s Advanced Program in Sports Media and their Advanced Program in Editing and Content Management.

Bleacher Report has recently begun paying students in these programs. Recently both programs have been overhauled for instruction that targets digital media aspects of sports writing and editing. Bleacher Report has developed more advanced curricula and educational efforts for the new programs as well.
Upon completion of either program, students will have added content to their portfolios, and will be considered for paid positions at Bleacher Report, one of the top sports websites in the U.S.