Thursday, November 10, 2011

Philadelphia City Paper Spring 2012 News Internship

The (Philadelphia) City Paper is currently seeking qualified applicants for their Spring 2012 news internship.

Responsibilities: News interns are responsible for keeping up with local news, coming up with original, timely and interesting story pitches, and contributing weekly content, whether online or in print.

Other duties may include:
  • Fact-checking
  • Blogging
  • Assisting in research
  • Attending/reporting on local meetings and events
  • Attending news meetings
Typically, interns put in 10 to 20 hours per week. However, schedules can be flexible.

Opportunity: The City Paper wants their interns to be passionate about news, serious about journalism, and ready to pound pavement in search of topnotch stories. In return, they offer the opportunity not only to produce original published work, but also to work alongside an award-winning news team dedicated to producing the highest-quality journalism in Philadelphia. You may be asked to participate in group projects and investigations; you may help develop a recurring web feature; you may stumble on a terrific story — and, if you do, the City Paper will help you report it. Many former news interns have become regular City Paper contributors.

Requirements: News interns must be self-motivated, hardworking, and (this is important) willing to spend a significant amount time outside the office working on stories. Blogging experience is a plus. Knowledge of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods and politics is helpful. Writing and basic reporting skills are essential, and applicants must submit three writing samples, preferably published news pieces, that demonstrate an ability to tell a story that doesn't read like a press release and that is actually, genuinely surprising in some way. If you don't have such a clip, walk out the door, find a story, and write it up!

Students and recent graduates are welcome to apply. These internships are unpaid, but we will be happy to work with your college if internship credits are available. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and your three best writing samples to Samantha[at]citypaper.net with “INTERNSHIP” in the subject line.

DEADLINE FOR SPRING 2012 APPLICATIONS IS DECEMBER 1, 2011.

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