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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!

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Virtual reality news is becoming a reality in many newsrooms

A story doesn’t POINT you there, it PUTS you there. In a sense, a story is a form of transportation. It lifts you from where you are reading and carries you to another time and another place.

Roy Peter Clark may not have been thinking about virtual reality when he wrote about the differences between a story and a report, but he might as well have been – as it virtually puts you there in the middle of the action.

ABC’s Inside Syria VR is one of the recent virtual reality journalism experiment in which viewers are transported to Damascus to see how “archaeologists are racing against time to protect historical antiquities menaced by war.” Another project, “Ebola Outbreak,” released by Frontline last week, puts viewers in the middle of several West African countries to document the spread of the deadly virus. Read more


Who will block the ad blockers? Publishers are proceeding with caution

Along with Apple's latest iOS comes the ability to block ads. In photo, Apple's new News app is displayed on an iPad.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Along with Apple’s latest iOS comes the ability to block ads. In photo, Apple’s new News app is displayed on an iPad. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Apple iOS 9 launched a week ago and with it comes the opportunity for users to install ad blocking software for its Safari mobile browser. So what are publishers doing to counter the added threat to the reach of their digital advertising?

It is a logical question. But I’m finding that, for now, the consensus response is to wait and gather more information, see what options vendors offer and puzzle through how best to preserve ad revenue and avoid antagonizing or running off users.

“First we need a good understanding of how much users — both subscribers and nonsubscribers — are coming to our sites with ad blockers,” Raju Narisetti, senior vice president, strategy, at News Corp,. Read more


NPR standards guru: You shouldn’t say ‘a**hole’ on a podcast


In a public memo to staffers Thursday, NPR Standards and Practices Editor Mark Memmott admonished the network’s journalists to use the same standards for offensive language on podcasts that they would over the air.

The guidance was in response to a question from journalists in NPR’s New York bureau, who asked whether it was OK to “call an asshole an asshole.”

The answer? If you can’t say it on air, you probably shouldn’t say it on a podcast.

We don’t want to seem boring and out-of-step. We do want to sound like America. But, the bar that NPR journalists need to get over before using such language themselves has to be set incredibly high — so high, in fact, that it’s almost impossible to get over.

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5 headlines (and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ GIFs) that capture how weird today has been

On Wednesday, the New York Stock Exchange suspended trading because of tech issues. United Airlines couldn’t operate for the same reason. And the homepage for The Wall Street Journal had issues, too. It’s been a weird Wednesday, and some headlines did a pretty good job capturing that. Here are screenshots of five of them.

Let’s start with this one, from Slate:

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The magic of ‘experiment land’ in legacy newsrooms

Masuma Ahuja and Sarah Marshall had never met before. Once the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media kicked off on April 12, though, they soon discovered they had plenty in common.

Ahuja and Marshall, two of the 25 women in the inaugural Leadership Academy class, are both tasked with helping their legacy media organizations experiment with new technologies, platforms and forms of storytelling.

That can be a tough proposition in any newsroom, and places as revered at The Washington Post, where Ahuja is a national digital editor, and The Wall Street Journal, where Marshall oversees social media for Europe, Middle East and Africa, pose their unique challenges.

The duo is up to the task. Midway through the leadership week, they sat together for a short conversation about what it takes to push newsrooms to experiment. Read more


Career Beat: Molly Wood will be a host and reporter at Marketplace

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Molly Wood will be a host and reporter at Marketplace. Previously, she was deputy technology editor at The New York Times. (Email)
  • Felicia Sonmez will edit the China Real Time blog for The Wall Street Journal. She is a China correspondent for Agence France-Presse. (@feliciasonmez)
  • Daniel Wagner will join BuzzFeed News’ investigative team. He is an investigative reporter at the Center for Public Integrity. (@wagnerreports)
  • Lizette Carbajal is now vice president of community relations at KVEA in Los Angeles. Previously, she was manager of community education and outreach at Southern California Gas Company. (Media Moves)
  • Jay Yarow has been named executive editor at Business Insider. Previously, he was a deputy editor there.
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Bill O’Reilly to NYT reporter: ‘I am coming after you with everything I have’

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Bill O’Reilly threatens jounalist

    In an interview with The New York Times Monday, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly warned reporter Emily Steel there could be consequences for inappropriate coverage surrounding disputed claims about his reportage of the Falklands War. “I am coming after you with everything I have,” Mr. O’Reilly said. “You can take it as a threat.” (The New York Times) | Politico's Dylan Byers followed up with Steel, who told him "the story speaks for itself." (Politico) | Here's Steel's tweet. (@emilysteel) | O'Reilly continued defending his coverage Monday and sought to end the controversy. (CNN Money) | Meanwhile, the author of a New York Times story that O'Reilly cited in his defense said the anchor "cut out an important phrase" while reading it on air.

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Career Beat: LinkedIn adds 3 to editorial team

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community.

  • Caroline Fairchild has been named new economy editor at LinkedIn. Previously, she was a reporter at Fortune. Ramya Venugopal is now a senior editor at LinkedIn. Previously, she was managing editor of YourStory. Maya Pope-Chappell is now an editor at LinkedIn. Previously, she was social media and analytics editor at The Wall Street Journal. (Email)
  • Jose Antonio Vargas is now editor at #EmergingUS. He is a journalist and documentarian. (Poynter)
  • Tom Gjelten is now a religion reporter at NPR. Previously, he reported on national security, intelligence, the military and terrorism there. (Email)
  • Kat Odell is now the editor of Eater Drinks. Previously, she was an editorial producer at Eater. (Poynter)
  • Charlie LeDuff is now a contributor at Vice News.
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Meet WSJ’s new Business & Tech. section (and don’t forget the period)

On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal announced that “Marketplace” had been renamed to “Business & Tech.”. Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker’s memo to staff notes some design changes, the new section change and a point on punctuation.

The biggest change is that the old Marketplace section is renamed “Business & Tech.”. The new name not only more closely reflects the content in the section, but it also reinforces our commitment to expanded technology coverage, which we began a year ago with the launch of WSJD.

For purists, I would note that the word Tech. is indeed an abbreviation, with the Journal’s iconic – and in this case stylistically correct – period appended.

Here’s the full memo:

From: Baker, Gerard
Date: Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 9:59 AM
Subject: Refreshing the print Journal

While we press ahead with our plans for a genuinely digital news organization, we never forget the need to ensure that our print product is refreshed periodically to ensure its continuing clarity, consistency and accessibility to the many millions of readers who see us in that format every day.

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