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).
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.
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.)
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