Journalism Intern

Posted On: November 29, 2011

Journalism Internship

Media Organization:

Company Description, a daily news and investigative reporting web magazine, is published by the Applied Research Center (ARC), a think tank for media and advocacy on racial justice. Colorlines and ARC are built around aggressive news reporting, rigorous research and the use of interactive technology to build networks. Three times a year, we welcome a journalism intern to contribute to both our news gathering and our long-term research projects. The journalism intern works primarily on, but may also contribute to ARC's research and network building initiatives.

Job Description offers a unique opportunity for hands-on experience with both old fashioned news gathering and a now-essential new media publishing environment. As a lean, ambitious news team, Colorlines cannot afford to have interns dedicated to support work alone; our interns must be reporters, bloggers and multimedia producers! The journalism intern will:

• Report to News Editor and work out of our New York City office.
• Monitor general assignment stories as assigned by editors, keeping the editorial team informed about developments in those stories and pitching new coverage as required.
• Produce three to five blog posts daily, as assigned by editors. Blogging ranges from aggregating and digesting content from around the Web to short original reporting, including reporting for multimedia news features (infographics, interactive elements, videos).
• Produce at least one larger feature story, with a multimedia focus.
• Fact-check investigations and news features, as assigned by editors.
• Support reporters, contributors and ARC researchers on longterm investigative and feature projects.
• Engage Colorlines' social networking and commenting communities, both under the intern's own handle and, as needed, under Colorlines' name.
• Additional duties that may not be related to editorial work, as assigned by editors.

This is an unpaid internship; we will work with students to facilitate school credit. The internship requires a minimum of 12-15 hours per week. The candidate should have a familiarity with and interest in racial justice, both in pubic policy and in the cultural sphere. In addition, the candidate should have the following basic qualifications: strong research and writing skills, at least bachelor's level experience reporting for publication, experience with new media and multimedia platforms (video, social networking, blogging, etc.), ability to work with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds, flexibility and creativity. Multi-lingual skills are a plus.

To Apply

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, December 13 at 5pm ET. Interested? Send a resume, cover letter, two writing samples (at least 1 non-academic) and two references to Jamilah King at Please write " Spring 2012 Journalism Internship" in the headline.