Tuesday, March 8, 2011

New startup needs witty education writers

Passing along this message from an NABJ member:

Hello all,

My name is Lawrence Ross and I'm about to launch a new Gawker like blog that covers education (goes live in about a month). I'm looking for writers who have a casual voice, understand both witty and snark, and can deliver short pieces (150-200 words) in a timely fashion. We're an aggregator, so we're updating the blog with education stories every fifteen minutes, so I need writers who can read stories, understand them, then translate them to our readers...with attitude. We're not interested in what you learned in journalism school (well sorta). We want writers who understand that we're covering education with multiple voices: sometimes gossipy, mostly irreverently, always smart...and 1/1000th of the time...serious.

And the best thing...there's no pay! Wait, I can feel the frowns on your face when you read that. Well, that's the reality. There's no pay, no promise of pay, nor will we commit to ever paying anyone. That said, we're going to do a number of things that you might not get elsewhere. One, where going to try to promote our best writers as much as possible. Two, we're going to get heavy hitter interview subjects for our best writers to interview. And along with pushing along stories like Gawker/Deadspin/
HuffingtonPost, we're also looking to break stories too. So if you're game, contact me. I'll ask for a writing sample based on a story I send you. Thanks!

Lawrence C. Ross, Jr.
The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities
Twitter: @alpha1906

Multimedia Internship — St. Louis Post Dispatch — DEADLINE FRIDAY

Hey NABJ family,

A professional member and former NABJ baby passed this link along to me earlier today and I'm sending it out over the listserv because the deadline is coming up THIS FRIDAY.

It's a multimedia internship at The St. Louis Post Dispatch. There is more info on the website (http://www.stltoday.com/pdf_ae19223a-45b9-11e0-90cc-00127992bc8b.html) , but here's what they want for the application.

To apply (please follow carefully):
• Provide a brief biographical cover letter
• A resume
• A link to your website, blog or links to your previous multimedia work (Sorry, no CDs or print portfolios will be accepted.)
• Contact information for three references (Your references should include the name, title and phone number of the person who supervised/trained you)

Application deadline: Must reach email address below by March 11, 2011. E-mail your application toSTLtodayrules@gmail.com

*** Seriously, all printed applications and portfolios will go straight into the recycling bin. This is an online position and you should have an updated online portfolio available.

More info is available at: http://www.stltoday.com/pdf_ae19223a-45b9-11e0-90cc-00127992bc8b.html

Hopefully an NABJ student will land this one,

Wesley Lowery
NABJ's Deputy Student Representative


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

How to snag an NABJ internship/scholarship

By Benet Wilson aka Twitter.com/@NABJDigital

Dear Students:
As you know, the deadlines for NABJ's internship and scholarship programs is Friday, March 4. Many of you may be in the process of fine-tuning your applications, and I'd like to pass along some advice to ensure that you put your best foot forward to the judges in both programs.
1. Work samples - For print, please make sure you attach the number of samples requested in the application. And make sure you have either a link to a website where the story was printed or you have a clear PDF of the story. It's not enough to send an MS Word file of your stories. For broadcast, use You Tube for your reel. Make sure the reel isn't too long, and is a showcase of your best work. For radio, use a service like Cinch, SoundCloud or AudioBoo to showcase your work.
2. Cover letter - this is the document that sets up who you are and what you want to do. It's also the first impression judges get of you as a person. Use it to show off your talents and highlight your best work. A generic cover letter will NOT do.
3. Resume - Grammar errors and misspellings on a journalism resume are deadly. So look over your resume carefully and have at least one other person look at it too. And don't depend on spell check, because it misses key words. Give details on what you've done in an internship or related job. NABJ member Benet Wilson does FREE resume reviews. Take advantage of it. (benet@aviationqueen.com).
4. References - when submitting references, make sure you give the full name, title, company and contact information. Make sure that you have a mix of professors familiar with your school work and at least one professional reference if you can.
5. Completed application form - Please complete the application. The boxes are there for a reason. You hurt yourself when you omit things like equipment, software and location.
6. Official college transcript - Please, PLEASE get your official transcript. The application asks for this, so an unofficial one just won't work.
7. Website - if you're having the judges link to a personal website, make sure it is ready for viewing. Personal photos should be professional-looking head shots, not personal or casual ones. See resume tips. If you have a Twitter feed or Facebook link on your website, please make sure your feeds are all professional. Potential employers do check.
These programs from NABJ are great opportunities to help you move forward in your careers. So take full advantage of this opportunity and use these tips to put your best foot forward. Good luck to you all!

Benet Wilson
Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation
Aviation Week Group

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Opportunity with the NYTimes

Dear Student,

One of the benefits of membership in the National
Association of Black Journalists is the opportunity to apply for the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, a collaboration of NABJ and The New York Times. This program gives you a chance to work one-on-one with
journalists from The New York Times and The Boston Globe covering one of the newsiest cities in America, New Orleans.

Since 2003, the Institute has been offering the very best
aspiring journalists a chance to polish their skills in all of the
specialties in today's newsrooms: writing, copy editing, photography, print and Web design, Web production, multimedia and video journalism. Students
can pick one field, or work across traditional boundaries.

The program pays all student expenses, including the cost of
travel to and from New Orleans.

Students from previous Institutes now work at news organizations around the nation, and they form a supportive network throughout the
world of journalism and beyond.

This year's Institute will be held May 15 to 30 at Dillard

Students in any year, including graduate students, are eligible, and they do not have to be journalism majors.

But the deadline to apply is rapidly approaching.

Applications must be postmarked no later than Feb. 26.

You can download an application form at

That site is also the home for the work of students at previous Institutes.

For more information, contact Don Hecker, Director, New York
Times Student Journalism Institute
(212) 556-1576

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

NPR having Internship Career Fair in D.C.

Want a foot in the door? NPR is having an #internship career fair in DC on 1/28. http://n.pr/hXtXIZ

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Patch.com is looking for summer interns

Patch.com, the AOL owned system of hyperlocal news sites are looking for summer interns. The application period opens Saturday, January 1. For more information, visit http://facebook.com/Patch.comJobs or http://www.patch.com/jobs

Sunday, December 19, 2010

New York Women in Communications Foundation 2011 Scholarship Program

New York Women in Communications Foundation 2011 Scholarship Program

Each year, the Foundation — in conjunction with New York Women in Communications — awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors and undergraduate and graduate students who intend to pursue or further a career in communications (in the picture: the 2010 scholarship winners and a video clip of their appearance on the Today Show.). Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, need, and a demonstrated commitment to the field of communications. New York Women in Communications and its Foundation are committed to inclusion and diversity. Note that awards are for use in the 2011-12 academic year.

scholarship winners 2010Please read all of the following information carefully before completing and submitting the appropriate application form on the next page. Note that some of the requirements are new this year.


U.S. citizens who are permanent residents of NY, NJ, CT, or PA


High school seniors who are permanent residents of and attend a high school in one of these states and will graduate in 2011

College undergraduate and graduate students who are permanent residents of one of these states

Graduate students must also be members of New York Women in Communications in good standing (i.e., dues for the current year paid in full)

NOTE: As long as they fulfill the permanent home residency requirements, applicants are eligible even if they attend or plan to attend an accredited U.S. college/university located outside of NY, NJ, CT, or PA . This includes participation in a communications-related semester or quarter abroad if still registered at an accredited college/university in the U.S.)

U.S. citizens who reside outside of NY, NJ, CT, or PA
College undergraduates who are not permanent residents of NY, NJ, CT, or PA but who are currently enrolled in a communications program at a college/university in one of the five boroughs of New York City. (NOTE: This excludes high school seniors who will be enrolling as freshmen)

An applicant must


be majoring – or, for high school seniors, declaring a major – or pursuing an advanced degree in a communications-related field including, but not limited to, advertising, broadcasting, communications, English, film, journalism, marketing, digital media, or public relations at an accredited college/university; in the U.S.

have an overall GPA of 3.2 or better (or the recalculated high school equivalent)

Past scholarship winners who are reapplying must be NYWICI members in good standing (i.e., dues for the current year paid in full, if applicable).

We award 15-20 scholarships, generally in the amounts of $2,500, $5,000, and $10,000. The distribution varies from year to year, but in 2010 we awarded $103,000 in scholarships to 19 students: six graduating high school seniors, nine undergraduates, and four graduate students. In addition to our general scholarships, the following named scholarships with specific qualifications currently are awarded through the New York Women in Communications Foundation. Most are funded by corporations or foundations that retain the right to impose qualifications, which may include, but are not limited to, a candidate’s declared major, area of study, or demonstrated skill; age or year of study; and personal background.

On the Road to Matrix Scholarship
Awarded to an outstanding NYWICI member who is a college junior or senior or graduate student and who has demonstrated her commitment to a career in communications and to the organization. Past scholarship winners are eligible. This scholarship is funded by members of the Matrix Hall of Fame.

Ruth Whitney Scholarship from Glamour magazine
Awarded to a college student who has had some experience in writing, reporting, or design and who has a demonstrated interest in magazine journalism or publishing. Includes an opportunity to visit the magazine and spend a week with the editorial team.

Judy Corman Memorial Scholarship and internship from Scholastic
Awarded to a student interested in public relations who is able to fulfill a paid internship at the company’s New York City headquarters during summer 2011.

Interpublic Group (IPG) Scholarship and internship
Awarded to an ethnically diverse student who is currently a college junior and who has demonstrated an interest in a career in advertising or public relations. Candidates must be able to fulfill a paid internship in New York City during summer 2010. IPG is the holding company for a large number of firms focused on communications. Some of the most well known advertising and PR brands include McCann Erickson, Draftfcb, Deutsch, Gotham, Weber Shandwick, and GolinHarris.

Hearst Scholarship
Awarded to a college sophomore, junior, or senior with a demonstrated commitment to a career in magazines (editorial or ad sales) or digital media. Opportunity exists for an internship at the company’s New York City headquarters during summer 2011.

Daniel Ladner Scholarships
Awarded to a college junior or senior or a graduate student who has demonstrated a strong interest in pursuing a career in financial communications (whether in marketing, advertising, investor relations, PR, corporate communications, or the media/journalism), or political communications (whether in political journalism, advertising, analysis, or consulting; public, government, or international affairs; diplomacy; speechwriting; or advocacy) – two scholarships awarded.

Carlozzi Family Scholarship
Awarded to an undergraduate student who is an accomplished writer.

New York Women in Communications Alumna Award of Excellence
Awarded to a previous scholarship winner who is dedicated to strengthening NYWICI and has shown outstanding growth as a student since she first became a recipient. This scholarship is supported by the fund-raising efforts of previous scholarship winners.

The Esperanza Scholarship funded by Macy's and Bloomingdale's
Awarded to a student of Hispanic heritage pursuing the dream of a career in communications.


Recipients are chosen by the New York Women in Communications Foundation Scholarship Committee on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, participation in school and community-service activities, honors and other awards or recognition, work experience, and statement of goals and aspirations. Need and unusual personal and/or family circumstances are also considered. Candidates who make the first cut will be interviewed by telephone. Those who make it to the finals will be required to attend an in-person interview in New York City on Friday, March 11, or Monday, March 14 (no exceptions and no telephone interviews). Finalists and nonfinalists will be notified by email on March 3 or 4; finalists will then be contacted by telephone between March 3 and 8 to schedule their interviews. After the final interviews, names of scholarship recipients will be posted to the Foundation website by Friday, March 18.

Recipients are required to attend and will be acknowledged on stage at the New York Women in Communications Matrix Awards Luncheon on Monday, April 11, 2011, in New York City. They are expected to dress and behave in a way that is exemplary for young professionals.

Each recipient must provide written confirmation of acceptance into an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited college or university no later than May 16, 2011. Scholarship monies will be sent directly to educational institutions in June.

Scholarship recipients automatically receive a complimentary one-year membership in New York Women in Communications – which we hope they will renew on their own in subsequent years – and are viewed as the organization’s ambassadors. As such, they will be invited to events throughout the course of the year and are expected to attend as many as possible – for those attending schools within an easy commute of New York City – and to be active participants in the organization (either directly or remotely via the Internet or telephone). Participation can take many forms, including but not limited to committee membership, writing articles for various publications, serving as event volunteers, bringing nonmember friends to events, and spreading the word about our events and recruiting new members on campus.

Recipients of sponsored scholarships that come with internships or other onsite opportunities are expected to fulfill those as part of the terms of acceptance. That includes complying with all requirements and demonstrating professionalism in dress and behavior.

Recipients are required to notify New York Women in Communications of any changes of school or home address and other contact information, enrollment status, or other relevant information.

While the course of study is left to the student, the recipient must major in a communications-related field and take sufficient credits each semester to qualify as a full-time undergraduate student or a full or part-time graduate student during the academic year for which the scholarship is awarded.

Although scholarship recipients are expected to continue at the same college or university, the Scholarship Committee will consider transferring a scholarship to another institution. The student must notify the Scholarship Committee in advance of intent to transfer and to continue majoring in a communications field, provide evidence of good standing at the college/university attended, and submit evidence of acceptance at the new college/university.

A recipient may request that the award be held if the student’s studies are interrupted by prolonged illness, an accident, or other extenuating circumstances (to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis). Any such interruption must be documented in writing and reported promptly to the Scholarship Committee for approval. It is the student's responsibility to notify the Scholarship Committee of intent to resume full-time study so that arrangements can be made for reinstatement of the award. If the interruption is medical, it must be documented in writing by a physician.

Renewal is not automatic. Past recipients are eligible to reapply but cannot receive the same named scholarship more than once and must complete the appropriate supplemental application form as part of the application package.