Hey folks. I think I'm changing my policy about posting unpaid internship opportunities. For folks just starting out I can't think of any better way to get a foot in the door for future paid freelance gigs. That's how I did it. Obviously I will do my best to find paid positions, but I think it's worth putting these other options out there. This one from Newsdesk.org. Check it out!
Newsdesk.org is seeking interns to help craft its "News You Might Have Missed" editorial mission. Work opportunities include Web research, online publishing (including social media), and bylined writing.
We are based in downtown San Francisco, and are grant funded by the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation. For more information, visit us online at: http://newsdesk.org/
• Work with seasoned news reporters and editors, learning to use search-optimized tools such as hypertext (links), images and video to maximize exposure and reach.
• Research, write and publish articles online.
• Use social networking tools such as Twitter, Facebook, Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, and etc., to distribute our news.
• Four hours per day, up to four days per week
• Interns will work in-office depending on computer availability. Telecommuting is also possible with check-ins via Skype, Yahoo Messenger, iChat, etc.
Newsdesk.org covers "important but overlooked news and underserved communities," and uses a simple matrix in deciding what its news mix will be. Stories and research should fall under one or more of the following areas:
• Democracy, Economy, Environment, Nation, Public Health and World. Subcategories include water, energy, agriculture, elections, media, education, justice, arts/culture, public health, etc.
• Communities and geographic regions include, but are not limited to: China, Latin America, the Indian subcontinent, women, Africa, African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, the elderly, children and artists.
This is an unpaid opportunity. Interns will develop online-publishing skills directly applicable to today's media-job market. We are glad to arrange for academic credit.
Send your resume and three writing samples to George Shirk, Editor, via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.