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Here are 80 journalism internships and fellowships for application season

For most journalism students, the biggest step toward finding employment isn’t passing the final. It isn’t acing midterms, turning in homework or even meeting deadlines at the college paper.

The most critical period in journalism school is the three-month window stretching from September to November informally known as internship application season. Getting professional experience and making contacts through an internship can mean the difference between landing a job or being unemployed after commencement.

That season is upon us. So write up a cover letter, polish your resumé and start applying to the internships listed below that pique your interest. Application deadlines for some of the best internships are in less than a week, so don’t wait!

If you have questions about this list or know of other internships I’ve missed, send me an email: Read more


2 things newsrooms everywhere should do to cover the cops and the community

There are two very important things newsrooms should do in every community to document the relationship between the police and the community.

Analyze the data and policies of your law enforcement agencies

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Here are 40 great journalism internships and fellowships for application season

New: Here are 80 journalism internships and fellowships for the 2015-16 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. Read more

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Seattle Times columnist handwrites everything for 2 days

Journalists have been filing copy nonstop for years now. Done with that story? Go tweet it. Then return that email. Then text a source back. Then post an article on Facebook and answer reader comments — and do that before before transcribing an interview for tomorrow’s story.

But how much writing is that, really? Read more


King County pays Seattle Times more than $40,000 for public records violations

More than 1,900 pages of e-mails and documents help tell a story about what’s happened to people with mental health issues in King County in Washington, and what the county’s doing about it — not bad for a collection of documents the county couldn’t seem to find.


Reporter Brian M. Rosenthal first requested those emails last fall after he wrote a Seattle Times series about psychiatric “boarding”, which left people who were involuntarily committed and in need of psychiatric treatment in the emergency room for hours or even days. Many readers wrote him emails about the story afterward.

One “was from a staff person at a hospital that said, nice story, here’s something else you ought to be looking into,” Rosenthal said in a phone interview with Poynter. Read more


Why The Seattle Times lowered its paywall during the mudslide — but not completely

The mudslide near Oso, Wash., on March 22 and its aftermath commanded national attention, but one local news organization was in position to own the story.

That meant The Seattle Times had a decision to make: Was its tirelessly produced news about the disaster and the search for survivors so important that it merited a suspension of the website’s year-old paywall?

Yes and no. Read more


Seattle Times’ new editor wants ‘kick-ass journalism’

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The Seattle Times named Kathy Best its editor Monday. She had previously been a managing editor at the newspaper and replaces David Boardman, who left the paper in August to head Temple University’s School of Media and Communication.

In remarks to staffers, Best said “all of us in this room need to stay laser-focused on our mission: producing useful, meaningful, kick-ass journalism that readers can’t get anywhere else,” Jack Broom reports. Among her goals:  “Sunday newspapers that showcase elegant storytelling, along with watchdog and investigative stories” and “content that creates a strong sense of place, and connection to the community.”

The newspaper announced other leadership moves, among them that Ryan Blethen, who is the executive producer of the paper’s website, will become assistant managing editor/digital and Jim Simon, who had been assistant managing editor for local news, will be deputy managing editor. Read more


David Boardman leaves Seattle Times for Temple University post

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Seattle Times Executive Editor David Boardman will leave to paper to become the dean of Temple University’s School of Media and Communication, he announced to the newsroom Wednesday. The paper has not yet named a successor.

“I don’t wanna get too purple about all this, but Seattle losing Boardman is a loss for the whole town,” Dominic Holden writes in The Stranger.

Boardman, who is the chairman of Poynter’s National Advisory Board and was recently elected president of the American Society of News Editors, joined the Times in 1983. He was named executive editor seven years ago. Read more

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Seattle Times asks readers to help with a mystery

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Seattle-based Social Security Administration investigator Joe Velling is trying to untangle the case of Lori Ruff, who killed herself in Texas in late 2010. She left behind a box that showed she’d stolen the identity of a child who died in a fire in Fife, Wash., then changed her name legally.

The paper has put photos of clues to Ruff’s identity online and asked readers for clues. “So far, we’ve gotten a lot of response, but they haven’t cracked the case yet,” reporter Maureen O’Hagan wrote in an email to Poynter. Read more


Seattle Times will install paywall next month

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The Seattle Times will begin a digital-subscription plan in March, Times Executive Editor David Boardman told readers in a column Sunday. The plan resembles The New York Times’ paywall — print subscribers will have full access to the Times’ site, and nonsubscribers will be able to access a limited number of articles before hitting the pay gate. There’s a digital-only deal for $3.99/week, or for the same price you can get the Sunday paper plus full access. “The reasons for this development are simple,” Boardman — a member of Poynter’s National Advisory Board — writes.

The economics of the news business, and of the newspaper industry in particular, have changed dramatically over the past decade. More people than ever are reading our content in print and digital formats, but our primary source of revenue — advertising — is declining locally and nationally and no longer supports our costs to the degree it once did.

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