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Here are 40 great journalism internships and fellowships for application season

For journalism students, October through January is internship application season, a pressure cooker of equal parts excitement and anxiety.

It’s our profession’s draft day. By mid-march, most of your classmates will have declared their intention to work at a journalism organization, like a prized NFL recruit putting on their team’s hat in front of a live studio audience.

Don’t get left behind. Some of the applications for the most prestigious news organizations are due in a few weeks time, so work up the courage to request that letter of recommendation, update your résumé and figure out how stamps work.

To make the process a little easier, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best journalism internships I could find on the Web, many of which I applied for myself when I was in school. If you have questions about this list or know some great internships I’ve forgotten, tweet them to #POYinternlist or send me an email: bmullin@poynter.org. Read more

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As L.A. Register closes, owner offers another definition of failure

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Los Angeles Register closes: O.C. Register owner Aaron Kushner immediately ceases publication of the newspaper, which launched in April. “Pundits and local competitors who have closely followed our entry into Los Angeles will be quick to criticize our decision to launch a new newspaper and they will say that we failed,” a memo says. “We believe, the true definition of failure is not taking bold steps toward growth.” (LAT) | That notable bit of Kushner-speak has echoes in this amazing quote from him following buyouts in June: “Everyone says our strategy has failed. Perhaps they should be saying that our strategy has not succeeded?” (OC Weekly) | Another quote! Kushner on the the L.A. Register’s launch: “Only in the newspaper business would someone criticize a business for opening in a market of 10 million people with a great quality product.” (Los Angeles Register) | Justin Ellis called this one yesterday.
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Quartz launches Glass, a “notebook”-style vertical focused on the future of TV

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No, the just-launched Glass isn’t Quartz’s foray into wearables — it’s the new home for the Atlantic Media business site’s “obsession” (Quartz’s term for verticals) with screens:

“The name is an argument: that media are best understood as a competition for attention on screens connected to the internet. Phones, tablets, laptops, monitors, TVs—it’s all just glass.”

Editor Zach Seward writes that the site, glass.qz.com, is powered by Fargo, with an outline format Seward calls a “notebook.” Content is broken into small parts, and many of the main points are expandable.

Glass by Quartz on an iPad Air.

Seward told me via email that lots of topics could be a natural fit for this format, but TV (broadly defined) in particular “is well-suited for an outline because there’s just so much going on related to that topic, generating a lot of half-formed and stray thoughts. The notebook is an ideal home for that kind of stuff and should appeal to people who are similarly obsessed with the future of TV.” Read more

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Does it matter that mobile-native Quartz has a mobile-minority audience?

As much as mobile is poised to keep growing in 2014, old desktop habits die hard — especially during business hours. That leaves Quartz, Atlantic Media’s 18-month-old business site, with a fascinating hand after going all-in on mobile.

Despite its birth to founders intent on nurturing its appeal to smartphone and tablet users, Quartz finds that almost 60 percent of its visitors still read it on the plain old desktop computer.

A year ago, around 30 percent of its unique visitors arrived at fast-growing Quartz on mobile devices; its latest three-month average stood at 41 percent. So while mobile is gaining ground, I was surprised to learn that mobile-first and mobile-native Quartz has been and remains a big deal on desktop. It doesn’t take a futurist to predict that desktops will soon cede their majority standing, but if you treat smartphones and tablets as their own categories, Quartz will likely see its desktop plurality endure for a bit longer. Read more

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Atlantic Wire rebrands, launches responsive site targeting mobile

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News aggregator The Atlantic Wire has dropped the longest word from its name and rebranded itself as The Wire alongside the launch of a new responsive website.

Like a few other recent high-profile redesigns (see NPR), The Wire’s homepage looks perfect on a mobile phone, to the detriment of the desktop experience. Where The Wire’s top stories are bright and inviting with a clear hierarchy on my iPhone, on the desktop they’re tossed into a haphazard grid muddled with black headline boxes and colored stripes that feel more like decoration than navigational tools.

At the story level, too, The Wire’s much more restrained on a phone. On a desktop browser, the reader is bombarded with links to more stories. But with no real estate for that on mobile, the experience is much more pleasant and less in-your-face. (Mobile now accounts for 40 percent of The Wire’s audience, editor-in-chief Gabriel Snyder writes in his introduction to the redesign.)

As for the new name, Capital New York reports it took some work to secure that domain, with Atlantic Media paying “over five and less than seven figures.” The name-shortening of the site, which reaches a younger demographic than other Atlantic properties, is a play for new kinds of advertising — although at launch Cadillac is occupying banner-ad space. Read more

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Quartz takes the latest step in Web apps evolution

Atlantic Media’s new business news website, Quartz, launched today. I wrote earlier about the five things journalists should know about this new project.

The first of those five things was Quartz’s tablet-first focus, which we can now see in action.

Although the site is focused on reaching globetrotting business executives on their smartphones and tablets, you won’t find it in your favorite app store. Read more

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5 things journalists should know about Quartz, Atlantic Media’s business news startup

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Atlantic Media is about to launch its much-buzzed-about global business news product called Quartz, as soon as this week or next.

It’s another digital news startup that gets a lot of pre-launch attention for its intention to do things differently — which makes it not only interesting but also a sort of lab experiment whose successes or failures will bear lessons for other news organizations.

Quartz is staffing up with “veterans from top media organizations around the world,” including Editor-in-Chief Kevin Delaney, Senior Editor Zach Seward from The Wall Street Journal and Global News Editor Gideon Lichfield from The Economist. Others come from backgrounds at Gawker, Huffington Post, Foreign Policy, GOOD magazine and France 24. (We wrote earlier about Atlantic Media’s hiring philosophy.)

Altogether Quartz will have a team of about 25 working mostly from the main office in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood (also home to Gawker). Read more

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