Miseducation Podcast Fellow

Posted On: April 19, 2022


Media Organization: The Bell

Company Description

The Bell equips high school students from underrepresented backgrounds with the tools to report compelling audio narratives, the platforms to reach new audiences and the know-how to thrive in media professions. Since 2018, we have trained more than 70 high school student reporters and helped them publish dozens of audio stories. We have partnered with WNYC, WNYC Studios, Gimlet Media, The Hechinger Report and others.

Job Description

The Bell is seeking New York City-based undergraduate or graduate school journalism students to support its Miseducation high school internship program in the 2022-23 academic year. The Miseducation Internship is a paid, after-school audio journalism program for motivated New York City high school students. Interns investigate inequities in the New York City public school system and use a range of reporting, storytelling and audio editing skills to produce stories for the Miseducation Podcast.

Fellows will help coach and train 4-5 high school student reporters while working alongside professional journalists to edit and produce feature-length podcast episodes. Fellows will receive professional credit on all stories they help produce.

- Attend weekly Miseducation team meetings

- Lead journalism skills workshops (such as pitch writing, conducting interviews, etc.)

- Meet weekly with each high school mentee for 30 minutes

- Provide written feedback on student work

Conduct journalistic research and some field reporting

Support with final editing and production of episodes

Hours and Compensation
- 20 total training hours in August -September

- 10 hours per week October to May

- Tuesdays and Thursdays in person 3-6pm, plus 4 flexible remote hours

- $20-$25 per hour, including training

- Transportation stipend

- Complimentary snacks, coffee, tea

- Course credit (if possible through your school)

The Bell’s Manhattan Office: 25 Broadway, 12th Floor (+ some field reporting and remote work)

- At least two years of journalism education and/or experience

- Currently enrolled in or a recent graduate of a college or university in the New York City metropolitan area

- Passionate about supporting young people

- Strong commitment to racial and economic equity

Desired but not required
- Prior youth development or teaching experience

- Prior audio journalism experience

- Proficiency using audio editing software (Audacity, Pro Tools, etc.)

The Bell is especially interested in receiving applications from students who attended NYC public schools and/or who come from backgrounds that are underrepresented in professional media.

To Apply

Submit the following in an email with the subject line “Miseducation Podcast Fellowship Application” to The Bell’s executive director Taylor McGraw (taylor@bellvoices.org). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until June 1.

- 1-page resume (attach as PDF)

- A cover letter that includes what motivates you to work at The Bell and anything we should know about you that may not come across in your resume (attach as PDF)

- Two journalistic work samples (send as links or attachments)

- Contact info for two professional/academic references (type in body of email)