Posted On: April 20, 2018
Paid Journalism Internship
Media Organization: First Look Media
Topic is an ambitious new entertainment & storytelling studio from First Look Media, dedicated to working with creators at the forefront of culture. From Academy Award®-winning films (Spotlight) to television, audio, and digital, we explore a wide range of subject matter, both fiction and nonfiction, with an emphasis on stories of consequence. On Topic.com we focus our efforts on visual and audio stories programmed around monthly themes. Our approach—challenging, compelling, and unconventional—reflects our commitment to discovering and amplifying independent new voices, and supporting established ones.
About First Look Media:
A bold, independent spirit defines everything we do at First Look Media—from journalism that holds the powerful accountable, to arts and entertainment that shapes our culture. Launched by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, First Look Media is built on the belief that freedom of expression and of the press, and fiercely independent perspectives, are vital to a healthy democracy and a vibrant culture.
From The Intercept, dedicated to fearless, adversarial journalism to Topic, our Academy Award™-winning (Spotlight) entertainment studio and online magazine, we develop, produce and finance content for all screens including feature films, television, digital series, and podcasts.
First Look is also home to Field of Vision, the filmmaker-driven documentary unit, and the Nib, a site for the most provocative satirical and political comics.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer--people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities. Informing a large, diverse audience is a core principle of our work, so we’re committed to building a team that reflects that diversity.
Topic is looking for a talented, proactive editorial intern to assist with research, editing, and social-media duties for the magazine. They must have strong writing, editing, research, and organizational skills, and be interested in pursuing a career in magazines or online media. Ideally, they should have some writing and/or editorial experience. A strong interest in photography, illustration, film, and other visual culture is also a plus. The internship will involve assisting editors with story research, fact-checking, proofreading, working on a CMS, assisting with organization and social media, and more. Candidates should be flexible and able to pivot easily between tasks. (Although Topic is a highly visual magazine, candidates’ text editorial and organizational skills are most important for this internship—they will not be working on video or photo editing.) The intern will work on a variety of projects depending on the publishing schedule and stories assigned.
Background & Qualifications:
Must be a current undergraduate or graduate student
Must be available to work in Topic’s New York City office (and willing to relocate if not currently based in the New York area)
Strong writing and research skills—editing experience is a plus
Interest in visual storytelling through photo, illustration, and film
Well-read and knowledgeable about current events and media coverage thereof
Knowledge of CMS (WordPress, etc.) and social media
Organized, motivated, and accountable
Strong communication and teamwork skills
Must already have work authorization in the US
The candidate must be available to start on or before June 1.
The internship is 16–24 hours/week, $13.00/hour for 3–6 months.
In your cover letter, please indicate your year in school. Relocation services are not provided.
Please submit resume and one-page cover letter to: https://boards.greenhouse.io/firstlookmedia/jobs/1130342