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Internships cause plenty of hardship and woe

Bad internships are like ill-fated summer romances: You go into them with an open heart and all the hope in the world, only to find out after three sizzling months they were using you the whole time.

I’ve been fortunate in my fledgling career — and my love life — to steer clear of these summertime abusers. But like almost everyone working in journalism, I endured my fair share of harrowing situations while I was still figuring out which end of the pencil was up.

In the hopes of finding comfort in shared misery, I sent out a few tweets yesterday looking to hear about your worst internship stories. Here’s what you wrote back, on Twitter and through email:

Steve Rhodes wrote in with this story about receiving a cold welcome when he arrived for his first day of work:

When I arrived from Minnesota for an internship at the New Haven Register in the summer of 1988, I did as instructed and walked up the city desk on my first day to introduce myself. “Hi, I’m the new summer intern,” I said. The editors looked at me and each other and then one said, “What intern?” Apparently the managing editor of the paper, who hired me, hadn’t told anyone I’d be arriving. I was dispatched to a bureau in the middle of nowhere to basically rot for the summer. At least I survived longer than the managing editor, who was fired midway through my stay there.

Poynter reader Robin Roger sent these stories from her business reporting internship at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

I was so nervous/excited on my first day, that I got to the parking garage 30 minutes early. I walked around the building a bit before realizing that I was supposed to park in another garage to get reimbursed. When I made it back to the original garage, I realized I had locked my keys in the car, and my car had been blocking the entrance to the parking garage for 15 or 20 minutes! Needless to say the guys at the garage weren’t happy with me. I called a locksmith, and they were there in minutes to extricate my key. I ended up being only 5 minutes late to my first day on the job, but I was a sweaty, nervous mess, not the calm, cool collected intern I was when I first arrived.

This one is more directly related to reporting:

I was sent out to interview customers of a locally owned pharmacy that was being bought by the Eckerd chain. The Eckerd folks didn’t want me interviewing in the store, so I was approaching people in the parking lot. I didn’t get a lot of cooperation, and one woman who seemed very suspicious even asked me “How do I even know you’re with the newspaper?!” I realized at that point I had rushed out the door, forgetting to bring my hangtag ID, so I had no proof that I worked for the paper. I never left the office again without it.

And one more:

When China changed the way it links its currency to the U.S. dollar, I was sent to a Walmart parking lot to interview customers about how this might affect them. I had to take this very complex economic concept, explain it to people in a Walmart parking lot and then ask them how it might affect their purchasing decisions. It was a longshot at best. I got comments like “I buy all my underwear at Walmart, and I guess I’ll have to go somewhere else.” I got stuck in rush hour traffic for hours, and ended up having to call in the quotes I had gathered. I was also asked to purchase items made in China for a photo to go with the article, and when I came back with a wide variety of items, I was told by the editor that that’s not what he was looking for. He wanted me to bring back the “cheap plastic crap” that they make. I had to tell him they make a lot more than that! I ended up getting to share a byline on the front page for the story, so that made it all worthwhile.

Former Buffalo News intern Brandon Schlager wrote in with this stemwinder about driving through a blizzard to interview for his internship:

My story takes place in January 2014. To appreciate the importance of the setting in relation to the narrative, you must first understand that January in Buffalo inherently means lots of ice, plenty of cold and, well, you know … snow. Buffalo sometimes gets a worse rap for its weather than it deserves, but this particular winter lived up to (and probably exceeded) the stereotypes — two blizzards in a two-month span, the first of which made its way into town late on Jan. 6.

The next morning, Jan. 7, is when I was scheduled to interview for an intern position. I remember waking up, ignorant to the warnings heeded by weathermen the night before. And with no one having called to postpone the interview, I stubbornly set out on my trek to the newsroom in downtown Buffalo (I am from a Buffalo suburb about 15 minutes away), paying no mind to the 30-50 mph winds and the minus 28 degree wind chill that came along with it.

The snow is hardly a deterrent for Buffalonians when it comes to driving. Navigating the flurries becomes second nature in time. So no big deal. The drive was a bit trickier than usual, but I made it to One News Plaza with 15 minutes to spare, proud of my punctuality. I won’t soon forget the look I received when I told the receptionist I had arrived to interview for an internship.

She said something along the lines of, “You could have been two hours late and I don’t think anyone would have blamed you for it.”

When I met with my interviewer, he was quick to share that the newsroom was particularly hectic because many of the reporters couldn’t make it into the office that day. They were stuck at home.

Twelve to 18 inches of snow fell before Jan. 7 ran its course. The Sabres-Hurricanes hockey game scheduled for that night was cancelled. It was the first technical blizzard in Buffalo in 20 years, since 1993. Another one followed in March. We had a great run.

Long story short, the interviews went well, I got the position and enjoyed a great (and sunny) summer with The Buffalo News.

Do you have any terrible internship stories you’d like to be included here? Send me an email at bmullin@poynter.org, and I’ll add it to the article. Read more

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NBCUniversal settles intern lawsuit

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NBCUniversal will pay $6.4 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought by former interns, Daniel Miller reports in the Los Angeles Times.

The suit was originally brought last July by Jesse Moore and Monet Eliastam, who interned at MSNBC and “Saturday Night Live,” respectively, and “grew to include plaintiffs from other states,” Miller writes.

Related: Poynter’s list of paid internships

They’ll get “special bonuses,” and “a handful of plaintiffs would receive $2,000 to $10,000 each,” Miller writes. “Other unpaid interns who qualify to be included in the settlement would see far less — $505 on average, according to the legal filings.”

In 2012, Rachel Bien, a lawyer for the firm that represented Moore and Eliastam (and has helped lead the charge on lawsuits over unpaid internships), told Poynter, “The fact that interns get some benefit from the internship doesn’t mean the company doesn’t have to pay them for work that provides an advantage to the company.” Read more

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Here are 37 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.

The New York Times James Reston Reporting Fellowship
Deadline: Oct. 31
Location: New York City
Pay: $1,000 per week
Description: “Beginning with the second week, the Reston Fellows start work in a section that reflects their skills and area of interest to report and write stories under the guidance of editors or senior reporters. Some stories are assigned, but fellows are encouraged to come up with their own ideas. They also participate in workshops with ranking editors and reporters. The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for the fellows to stretch their journalistic skills with the help of some of the best reporters and editors in the country.”

The Washington Post
Deadline: Nov. 7
Location: Washington, D.C.
Pay: $750 per week
Description: “Our interns write articles, edit copy, take photographs, design pages and produce graphics. We treat them as staff members during their 12 weeks of employment.”

The Boston Globe
Deadline: Nov. 1
Location: Boston
Pay: $700 per week
Description: “Summer interns work as full-time employees for 12 weeks, between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Interns are paid a weekly wage, and shifts vary. An intern supervisor serves as a writing coach and there are weekly meetings with editors and staff members on a range of issues and topics pertaining to journalism.”

Associated Press Global News Internship
Deadline: Not settled yet; likely the first week of January, per AP spokesman Paul Colford.
Location: Major cities throughout the world
Pay: Not listed
Description: “The summer 2014 Global News Internship is a paid, highly selective, 12-week individually tailored training program for students who are aspiring cross-format journalists. Interns must have experience and/or training in video and one other format. They will contribute to AP’s text, video, photo and interactive reporting.”

Reuters Global Journalism Internships
Deadline: Dec. 1
Location: Major cities throughout the world
Pay: Not listed
Description: “The Reuters Global Journalism Internships offer talented students and graduates an opportunity to learn and shine in our bureaus internationally. The paid internships are a crash course in hands-on business, political and general news reporting. Every intern will report to a senior editor and be assigned a journalist mentor to provide advice and guidance during the summer. They’re expected to write regularly and deliver in-depth stories during their assignment. Interns will receive several days of formal training before they start work, focused on writing skills, journalism ethics and basic financial knowledge. They may also be able to take advantage of other, regularly scheduled training opportunities during the summer, depending on where they’re based.”

Texas Tribune News Apps Internships
Deadline: Nov. 15
Location: Austin, Texas
Pay: $5,000 over 10 weeks
Description: “Are you a journalism student or would-be reporter in another major? Know a little bit about HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and/or Python/Django, and would like to continue to hone your skills? Are you passionate about politics, policy and open government? You should join us. You’ll work directly with news apps developers, reporters and editors in the newsroom. Interns are first-class citizens on our team – in the past, they’ve had the opportunity to not only contribute to high-profile projects but to take the lead on them. You’ll get to create data visualizations and maps, participate in an active and friendly newsroom, play a role in editorial meetings and contribute to a number of different beats. We’re looking for someone passionate about web standards and the little details. Someone willing to show their work. Someone looking to learn. If you’re interested, send your resume and links to previous projects and/or your GitHub account to rmurphy@texastribune.org.”

Texas Tribune reporting internship
Deadline: Nov. 15
Location: Austin, Texas
Pay: $2,000 over 10 weeks
Description: The Texas Tribune internship program provides aspiring journalists the opportunity to hone their reporting skills and learn a host of new ones that will prepare them for the 21st century newsroom. “This is not a teaching hospital,” in the words of our fearless leader, CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith. We expect interns who are anxious to dive into daily news coverage alongside our seasoned reporting staff. Interns at the Tribune write stories and blog posts, shoot photos and video, develop news apps and assist with our major data projects. Intern work has appeared in Texas editions of The New York Times through our partnership with the most prestigious newspaper in the country.

Reuters Journalism Program
Deadline: Dec. 15
Location: New York, London or Asia
Pay: Not listed
Description: “The Reuters Journalism Program offers nine months of hands-on, real-world experience with competitive pay in New York, London and Asia. You will gain a deep grounding in all aspects of financial reporting, work on fast-paced news stories and develop skills in enterprise journalism. The program seeks rising reporters, recent graduates or business professionals who can demonstrate a clear commitment to a career in journalism and an ability to generate story ideas relevant for a Reuters audience.”

The Los Angeles Times
Deadline: Jan. 1
Location: Los Angeles, Washington D.C.
Pay: $700 per week
Description: “Interested in working with some of the best journalists around? We offer 10 weeks of intensive, hands-on experience in a region where big stories are the norm. We place interns throughout the L.A. Times: Metro/Local, Sports, Business, Features (Home, Image, Travel, Food, Mind & Body), Arts & Entertainment, Editorial Pages, Washington, D.C., bureau, Photography/Video, Data Desk, Visualization & Graphics, Design and latimes.com. These are paid internships and summer placements usually run from mid-June to late August.”

The Tampa Bay Times
Deadline: Nov. 1
Location: St. Petersburg, Tampa, Clearwater, Port Richey and Brooksville
Pay: $450 per week
Description: “Florida’s largest and best newspaper, with 10 Pulitzer Prizes, is looking for energetic, talented young people for internships in all of its departments. Internships range from 12-week summer experiences to 6-month and 1-year jobs. You will be considered a full staff member and work alongside colleagues who will serve as mentors. Our internship programs are designed to give you hands-on experience to add to your academic credentials.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel
Deadline: Nov. 15
Location: Fort Lauderdale
Pay: $7.93 per hour
Description: “We offer seven paid internships throughout our digital-print newsroom. For 11 intensive weeks, from June to mid-August, you will report and write stories, shoot and edit video-photo, or design. We treat our interns as regular staffers, under the guidance of seasoned journalists. We offer internships in various newsroom departments: Metro-news, business, features, sports, video-photo, design, and our Spanish-language weekly, El Sentinel. We also offer weekly sessions with veteran journalists and senior editors on a wide range of topics, including career advice. It’s hard work and great fun.”

Google Journalism Fellowship
Deadline: Around the end of January
Location: Various journalism nonprofits throughout the United States
Pay: $8,000 for 10-weeks, plus $1,000 travel stipend
Description: “The program is aimed at undergraduate, graduate and journalism students interested in using technology to tell stories in new and dynamic ways. The Fellows will get the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to a variety of organizations — from those that are steeped in investigative journalism to those working for press freedom around the world and to those that are helping the industry figure out its future in the digital age.”
Disclaimer: I was a 2014 Google fellow.

Atlantic Media Fellowship Program
Deadline: End of February 2015
Location: Washington, D.C. and New York City
Pay: $25,000 per year, with full benefits
Description: “Atlantic Media offers high-achieving recent college graduates a unique opportunity to participate in the Atlantic Media Fellowship Program. The Program is a structured, year-long paid fellowship for top-tier talent committed to editorial-side or business-side careers in media. Each year we look forward to our new class of Fellows, who add a fresh perspective and new ideas to our company initiatives. As a digital-first company, we have experienced tremendous growth as a result of emphasis on digital initiatives, and our Fellows have been key contributors.”

The Seattle Times
Deadline: Nov. 15.
Location: Seattle
Pay: $540 per week
Description: “The Seattle Times offers paid summer internships to outstanding students pursuing a career in journalism. For 10 weeks, interns work on varied assignments and attend weekly training sessions with members of a Pulitzer Prize-winning staff. Interns receive a skill-development plan and work with a staff mentor to achieve it. Internships are open to sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students attending a four-year college or university. Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to print and online journalism. At least one previous internship at a daily news organization is preferred, and multimedia experience is a plus.”

Austin American-Statesman
Deadline: Nov. 7
Location: Austin, Texas
Pay: $450 per week, plus free housing.
Description: “Our objective is to help interns grow with challenging assignments. In other words, you won’t spend your time writing police briefs, taking mug shots and running errands. Last summer, one intern finished with three dozen bylines, three-quarters of which were on the front page or the Metro cover.”

The Chicago Tribune
Deadline: Dec. 1
Location: Chicago
Pay: Not listed
Description: “The Chicago Tribune’s newsroom internship program seeks college juniors, seniors and graduate students for 12-week paid internships. Opportunities will be considered in all newsroom departments: metro, sports, business, graphics, copy editing, design, photo/video, entertainment, events, social media and lifestyle.”

The Dallas Morning News
Deadline: Oct. 31
Location: Dallas
Pay: $15 per hour
Description: “We offer several 12-week college internships for news reporting, copy editing, business news, features, sports, photography and our website, dallasnews.com. Interns are treated as full-time staffers and typically, at least one is hired for a full-time position at the conclusion of the internship.”

Student Press Law Center
Deadline: Jan. 31
Location: Washington, D.C.
Pay: $3,500 stipend
Description: “Journalism interns research, write and help edit the Report, the Center’s magazine that chronicles student press law cases and controversies from around the country. Interns also write breaking news and analysis pieces for the Center’s website. Those with an interest in video and multimedia are especially encouraged to apply, and help us create the images that will bring students’ censorship experiences to life.”

The Oregonian
Deadline: Nov. 1
Location: Portland, Oregon
Pay: $440 per week
Description: “Oregonian Media Group offers a 10-week summer intern program for college students who wish to work as multimedia journalists in The Oregonian newsroom. We’re looking for primarily upperclassmen with previous internship experience who want to work in a digital-first environment doing smart stories for readers of OREGONLIVE.COM online and The Oregonian in print. We want critical thinkers, students who have a portfolio that shows ambition and skill across platforms, reporters and photographers who want to make a difference with readers – however those readers find us.
If selected, you will be assigned to a team for the summer, paired with a staff mentor and provided opportunities to learn from experienced journalists through group discussions with other interns.”

NPR’s Kroc Fellowship:
Deadline: Dec. 31
Location: NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., and member station.
Pay:: $40,000 per year
Description: “The Fellowship is designed to offer exposure to various units at NPR, in both the News and Digital Divisions, and at an NPR Member Station. NPR Kroc Fellows work alongside some of the nation’s most respected reporters, producers and editors and receive regular instruction in writing for radio and on-air performance. The Fellowship begins in August and lasts one year. Fellows receive a stipend of more than $40,000 and benefits, including paid vacation. NPR will provide Kroc Fellows with professional guidance and assist in job placement.”

Pulliam Journalism Fellowship
Deadline: Nov. 1
Location: Indianapolis and Phoenix
Pay: $650 per week
Description: “You’ll be a member of our newsroom, work hard and gain valuable journalism experience. You get paid, too. Our Pulliam Fellows earn $650/week for the 10-week program. You’ll also get to participate in writing workshops and learn over lunch from some of the best minds in journalism.”

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Deadline: Nov. 1
Location: Minneapolis
Pay:: $706 per week
Description: “The Star Tribune newsroom offers one of the best summer internship programs available in our industry. We select at least 10 candidates for paid 10-week internships each summer. The program targets college and graduate students interested in pursuing careers as reporters, copy editors/multiplatform editors, designers, photographers and multimedia producers.”

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Deadline: Jan. Read more

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The interns want to learn more about video

Dow Jones News Fund

The Dow Jones News Fund surveyed people who went through its internship program and asked what skills in a digital workshop they’d like to have devoted more time to. They overwhelmingly chose video (in varying numbers, they also picked coding and photography).
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Asked what they’d like to spend less time on, most said “Nothing.” But the skills they did mention aren’t easily grouped: copy-editing, local reporting and grammar make that list, but so do learning about WordPress and data visualization.

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The fund provides paid internships at news organizations — 86 interns at 55 outlets this summer, a Dow Jones spokesperson tells Poynter.

The survey also asked alums about their current salary. 30 percent said they made less than $25,000. 54 percent said they made less than $45K. 8 percent said they made more than $100,001! If you’re one of them, please get in touch and let me know what you’re doing. (Though: I presume you’re not in journalism and therefore may never see this.)

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Related: My unplanned series on journopay last year: Starting salary for j-school grads rises to $41K, on average | Why an ‘average’ journalism grad’s salary might not be an average salary where you work | Are journalism grads really earning starting salaries of $41k? | Gov. stats: Median salary for reporters $35K, $52K for editors Read more

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James Foley family’s new fund will ‘honor what he stood for’

mediawiremorningGood morning. We’re nearly there. Here are 10 media stories, plus a fact that made me sigh and quietly review my life choices: The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Ready to Die” came out 20 years ago Saturday.

  1. Foley, Tice parents speak: “I really feel that our country let Jim down,” James Foley‘s mother Diane Foley tells Anderson Cooper. She says her son “was sacrificed because of just a lack of coordination, lack of communication, lack of prioritization.” (CNN) | Earlier this week, Austin Tice‘s parents told Clarissa Ward, “If an American citizen is held hostage overseas, you are discouraged and disparaged if you even consider paying a reward for a precious human child, because you don’t know where that reward money’s gonna go. …You know, we’re just a mom and dad. We just want our child back, and we wanna do whatever it takes.” (CBS News) | A message from the Foley family Twitter account: “please follow our new Twitter account @JamesFoleyFund.” (@freejamesfoley) | The fund will “honor what he stood for,” the family writes, with plans to build “a resource center for families of American hostages and [foster] a global dialog on governmental policies in hostage crises,” among other goals. (James W. Foley Legacy Fund)
  2. Networks say they won’t show Rice video anymore: ESPN made that call Tuesday morning, David Bauder reports. “It was obviously quite disturbing and we felt the audience had seen it enough,” ESPN spox Josh Krulewitz said. (AP) | Meredith Clark: “Using the video without consent violates our ethical obligation to treat Janay Rice and other survivors of intimate partner violence as people rather than vehicles for social change.” (Poynter) | Related: How “did Goodell pick the Rice case to appear insufficiently authoritarian?” Jack Shafer asks. (Reuters)
  3. What a watch-based media landscape may look like: “The Apple Watch also makes a solid case for a more algorithmically curated, condensed Twitter timeline,” Dan Frommer writes. “One thing we noticed is the text in Twitter’s app that describes your Timeline: ‘New and interesting.’” (Quartz) | “We are about to enter the era of ‘glance journalism.’” (Nieman) | Yahoo News Digest already works on Apple Watch, and Circa is looking into it. (BuzzFeed) | Very related: Research from Irene Costera Meijer and Tim Groot Kormelink looks into news consumption, including “Checking and scanning vs snacking and monitoring.” (Online Journalism Blog)
  4. Speaking of Yahoo News Digest: Its new iPad app hit the App Store last night. (Yahoo’s Tumblr) | Nick D’Aloisio, who heads the Yahoo News Digest team, tells Leo Kelion he is “weighing up university and Yahoo” for next year. (He’s 18.) (BBC News)
  5. Attn: NYC tourism folks: Humans of New York blogger Brandon Stanton: “Out of all the countries that I’ve been to, Ukraine reminded me the most of home.” (Kyiv Post)
  6. You know how we keep talking about the revenue potential of video ads? Almost 20 percent of that market belongs to YouTube, but that may be as high as it gets. (WSJ)
  7. Intern apologizes: Mallory Musallam wrote a letter to former internship host David Letterman saying she’d withdrawn from a class action suit and had been “approached by a beguiling legion of lawsuit-hungry attorneys.” (NYDN)
  8. Vook has bought the ashes of Byliner: “The deal may be good news for Byliner authors who wondered how they were going to get paid,” Laura Hazard Owen reports. “Vook said Thursday that it would be paying them 85 percent royalties on works that were already for sale at digital retailers like Amazon and Apple.” (Gigaom)
  9. Front page of the day, selected by Kristen Hare: A moving photo on The New York Times. (Courtesy the Newseum.)

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  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Kate Lanphear is now editor-in-chief of Maxim. Previously, she was style editor at T Magazine. (WWD) | Kerry Diamond is now editor-in-chief of Yahoo Food. She is the co-founder and editorial director of Cherry Bombe. Kristen Baldwin is editor-in-chief of Yahoo TV. Previously, she was deputy editor at Entertainment Weekly. (Email) | Alice Gabriner will be international photo editor for Time magazine. She was a senior photo editor at National Geographic. Mandy Oaklander will be a staff writer for Time magazine. Previously, she was a senior writer for Prevention.com. Jack Linshi is a breaking news reporter and homepage editor at Time magazine. He was a weekend arts and living editor at the Yale Daily News. Lily Rothman will be an archive editor at Time magazine. Previously, she was a reporter there. Reno Ong will be an audience engagement editor at Time magazine. Previously she was a copy editor there. (Fishbowl DC) | Emma Fitzsimmons is a transit reporter for The New York Times. Previously, she was a reporter there. (NYT Metro desk) | Pamela Henson is now president and publisher of the Appleton (Wisconsin) Post-Crescent. She was senior vice president of advertising, marketing and digital sales at the Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Journal-Sentinel. (Gannett) | Tim Tebow is now a contributor at “Good Morning America.” He’s a college football analyst for ESPN. (ABC News) | Job of the day: Mashable is looking for a San Francisco-based social media reporter. Get your résumés in! (Mashable) | Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org

Suggestions? Criticisms? Would like me to send you this roundup each morning? Please email me: abeaujon@poynter.org. Read more

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Why HuffPost won’t crowdfund Donte’ Stallworth’s fellowship

Donte’ Stallworth will join The Huffington Post as a politics fellow this fall, covering national security. The former NFL wide receiver will be paid during his six-month fellowship, HuffPost Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim tells Poynter in a phone call.

“He’s getting the standard pay that all the fellows are getting,” Grim said. “Obviously he’s not getting into journalism to get rich.”

Huffington Post has between two and three such fellowships going at any time, Grim said. Former University of Maryland student Amber Ferguson will also have a politics fellowship this fall. The last class included Sam Levine, David McCabe and Marina Fang; Levine is now an associate politics editor. Others who’ve landed full-time gigs at HuffPost after the fellowship: Paige Lavender, Samantha Lachman, Ibrahim Balkhy, Ashley Alman and Shadee Ashtari.

Stallworth in 2010. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Stallworth in 2010. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The news organization took some heat for crowdfunding Mariah Stewart’s yearlong fellowship to keep covering Ferguson. That’s because there was no line item for that one on HuffPost’s budget, Grim said. “It was longer than normal; we actually doubled the compensation, so therefore we had to find a new source of funding for it.”

Related: HuffPost’s Ferguson Fellow: ‘This is huge for me’

Stallworth came into HuffPost’s orbit via reporters Sabrina Siddiqui and Amanda Terkel who struck up a friendship based on his Twitter feed, and began meeting up with him to discuss journalism and politics. Grim contacted Stallworth in May when he heard he was interested in getting into journalism.

At HuffPost, Stallworth will work three days per week. “He’s going to be doing some football commentary on the weekends, which precluded him from doing the normal fellowship schedule,” Grim said.

I asked about a Daily Caller piece that pointed out Stallworth had tweeted some 9/11 truther conspiracies in the past. “That doesn’t represent how he thinks today,” Grim said. “You know, that was five years ago, and people say dumb things, but that shouldn’t define him.”

Journalism, Grim said, “is like football in the sense that it’s done in public and people are judged by how they perform on the field or in print.” Read more

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Condé Nast settles intern lawsuit

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The lawsuit brought by two former Condé Nast interns will be settled, Nicole Levy reported Friday in Capital New York.

The lawsuit, “Ballinger v. Advance Magazine Publishers, Inc.,” was filed in U.S. District Court in New York last June by Lauren Ballinger and Matthew Leib, who alleged they had been paid below minimum wage for their respective summer internships at W magazine and The New Yorker. About four months later, Condé Nast decided it would discontinue its internship program.

According to a staff memo, Levy reported, C.E.O. Chuck Townsend said “We believe that settling the lawsuit at this time is the right business decision for Condé Nast.” The terms of the settlement are still being worked out, Townsend wrote.

Condé Nast shut down its intern program in October of last year. According to an October story from Poynter, “Poynter began hosting Medill students as interns earlier this year and decided to start paying them after Medill asked participating outlets to consider doing so. Taylor Thomas, Poynter’s first Medill intern, wrote earlier this month about the strains of doing her internship for free.” Read more

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More journalism fellowships, internships deadlines approaching for 2014

Although the first wave of internship and fellowship deadlines passed in November, numerous opportunities are still available for students, recent graduates and experienced full-time journalists. Get your applications in on time to take advantage of these opportunities in 2014 (listed in order of deadline — strikethrough means deadline has passed):

  • Investigative Reporters and Editors Student Mentorship Program
    IRE is launching a new one-year mentorship program to pair student journalists with professionals for “one-on-one guidance, advice, critiques and conversation, and online training opportunities.” Soon-to-graduate college students who are IRE members are eligible.
    Deadline: Dec. 20, 2013
    Apply online
  • Associated Press Global News Internship Program
    Twenty students or recent graduates with experience in video enter a 12-week summer internship at AP’s U.S. and international bureaus covering breaking news. With a designated supervisor, the interns train to become “cross-format journalists.”
    Deadline: Through Dec. 27, 2013 (based on availability)
    Apply online
  • Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University
    The three-quarter, fully funded fellowships are open to full-time, experienced journalists and journalism entrepreneurs, innovators, business and management executives to experiment with and develop new ideas that shape the future of journalism.
    Deadline: Jan. 5, 2014 (U.S. applicants, international deadlines expired)
    Apply online
  • Alexia Foundation offers one Professional Grant to a working photojournalist for “a story that helps further world peace and cultural understanding” and a series of grants to five student photojournalists to help fund studies or projects.
    Deadline: Jan. 13, 2014 (for professional grant, $50 application fee), Jan. 27, 2014 (for student grants)
    Apply online
  • O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism offers three experienced journalists the chance to spend an academic year at Marquette University to work on a public service project that their companies will publish or broadcast. Fellows return to their newsrooms with a paid Marquette intern the following summer.
    Deadline: Jan. 15, 2014
    Apply online and by mail
  • Society of Professional Journalists Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information Internships
    SPJ takes two interns for its First Amendment legal counsel in D.C. and its National Headquarters in Indianapolis to research and contribute to its Freedom of Information report. Interns receive a stipend for a 10-week internship during the summer of 2014.
    Deadline: Jan. 22, 2014
    Apply online and by mail
  • Google Journalism Fellowship
    Fellows work at 10 different nonprofit journalism host organizations for 10 weeks, boosting their digital reporting skills. Applicants write a personal statement to the host organization, not Google, explaining their qualifications and what they hope to gain from the experience. Portfolios and samples of work help illustrate expertise and potential to succeed. The host organizations’ job descriptions might be vague, but the goal is for current students or recent graduates to personalize the fellowship to the skills they want to master.
    Deadline: Jan. 31, 2014
    Apply online
  • Nieman Fellowship (and Nieman-Berkman Fellowship) at Harvard University
    Working journalists receive a stipend to spend a year at Harvard to explore a research topic. The Nieman Foundation also offers more specialized fellowships like the Nieman-Berkman fellowship for journalists interested in innovation and the evolution of digital spaces and Reynolds Fellowship for business journalism.
    Deadline: Jan. 31, 2014
    Apply online and mail
  • Metpro Tribune at Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times
    Recent graduates and aspiring journalists with “diverse backgrounds or life experiences” can apply for training at a Tribune newspaper.
    Deadline: Jan. 31, 2014
    Apply by mail
  • Time Academic and Summer Internships, Lifestyle Group Fellowship
    Time offers paid 10-week summer internships in different departments, including public relations, brand marketing and editorial. The Lifestyle group fellowship, based in Birmingham, Ala., offers experience to work in different departments, including Southern Living, Coastal Living, Cooking Light and Oxmoor House.
    Deadline: Jan. 31, 2014 (summer), March 15, 2014 (Lifestyle Group)
    Apply online
  • Knight-Wallace Fellowship at University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
    A year of academic study with a stipend, free tuition and international travel allows full-time, experienced journalists to expand their perspectives and take university classes and seminars
    Deadline: Feb. 1, 2014 (U.S. and international applicants)
    Apply online and by mail
  • Shorenstein Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government hosts eight fellows each year (four per semester) to conduct research in media, politics and public policy as well as interact with Harvard students and professors. Past participants have included journalists, politicians, policymakers and scholars.
    Deadline: Feb. 1, 2014
    Apply online
  • The Financial Times is hosting “a three-month internship in the memory of Peter Martin, the FT’s former chief business columnist and deputy editor.” The successful candidate will have a degree and an interest in business as well as the economic impact of technology. The internship takes place in London so candidates must be eligible to work in the E.U.
    Deadline: Feb. 21, 2014
    Apply online
  • Journalism Grants’ Innovation for Development Reporting Grant Programme is offering professional journalists working at a media outlet the chance to creatively report stories about international development issues. Partial and full grants support research and travel expenses, equipment and software.
    Deadline: Feb. 26, 2014
    Apply online
  • Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship gives up to five applicants the chance to travel for nine months overseas to work on a multimedia storytelling project of global significance. Fellows receive Fulbright benefits to cover travel, stipend and health as well as training in digital storytelling and a National Geographic editor to mentor them. Their ongoing work will appear on the National Geographic website.
    Deadline: Feb. 28, 2014 at 5 p.m. ET
    Apply online only
  • Knight-Bagehot Fellowship at Columbia University
    A year-long fellowship offers full-time experienced journalists to “enhance their understanding and knowledge of business, economics and finance” with a stipend and free tuition.
    Deadline: March 1, 2014
    Apply by mail
  • The Marine Biological Laboratory offers science writers, journalists and editors the chance to participate in the Logan Science Journalism Program, which trains journalists in biomedical and environmental research. The program covers room, lab and travel fees in the U.S.
    Deadline: March 1, 2014
    Apply online
  • Reuters Global Journalism Internship (in Asia and Europe)
    Reuters offers six eight-week paid internship in Asia (Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Beijing ) and six six-week paid internships in London. Interns undergo a “crash course in hands-on business, political and general news reporting” with a senior editor supervisor and guidance from a journalist mentor.
    Deadline: Applications open Jan 2, 2014, deadline March 31, 2014 (U.S. internships deadline passed)
    Apply online
  • Scripps Howard Foundation Wire offers recent graduates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree a year-long multimedia fellowship in D.C. with a stipend to work on SHF Wire’s website and multimedia projects with university interns.
    Deadline: April 1, 2014
    Application information available in January

To help guide applicants, Jill Geisler, senior faculty at Poynter, provided this advice: “Give me evidence of what you can do, not a list of classes you took,” Geisler said. “What can you bring to the party that others can’t?”

One way to demonstrate your skills and smarts is to have a list of great story and project ideas ready for an interview. Stanford University journalism professor R.B. Brenner said aspiring journalists have to earn their chances to show their skills and talents.

After you get an internship, keep developing the story list in case you run into a senior editor who asks you how the news organization could improve coverage. Great story ideas really help interns stand out, said Brenner, former metro editor at The Washington Post. “It’s what I call opportunity meets preparation.”

Don’t complain about the night-time shift, Brenner added, if that’s where you land. If breaking news happens at night and there are 20 people in the newsroom, the intern usually gets to make calls and might even write posts for a blog.

A final piece of advice that I need to keep reminding myself: closely read and follow instructions in the fellowship, internship or job description. The personal statement in the Google Journalism Fellowship, for example, is directed to the host organization, not to Google. The care and attention you put into your application is as important as the first impression your résumé makes.

News organizations that have opportunities still open and would like to be part of this evolving list can email me at ali@poynter.org.

(Disclosure: I’m a 2013 Google Journalism Fellow.)


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Carr: Rethink internships and increase reach, talent

The New York Times

Ending those unpaid or poorly paying internships isn’t really the answer, David Carr writes in The New York Times. Perhaps the whole concept needs to be rethought, he suggests. Three years ago, Carr reports, Atlantic Media ended unpaid internships and started a year-long fellowship program. Now, 45 fellows work across the company. Read more

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Ethics of unpaid internships

Unpaid internships have been getting a lot of attention recently, most of it unwanted, as the result of lawsuits and canceled programs.

ProPublica has been covering the issue, from Northwestern’s residency program to harassment legal loopholes leaving unpaid interns vulnerable.

It recently raised $22,000 through a Kickstarter campaign to hire intern Casey McDermott to document the story of countless unpaid internships across the country.

Replay the live chat to read what ProPublica’s reporting intern Kara Brandeisky and McDermott had to say on whether we are at a turning point in unpaid internships, how widespread the practice of hiring unpaid interns is and strategies for getting and surviving one.

You can find any past chat at www.poynter.org/chats.

 

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