Radio News Intern
WUSF Public Media is looking for a college student ready to work in and contribute to a professional newsroom that serves one of the largest media markets in the United States.
The WUSF Radio News Internship is considered an unpaid mentorship, working with the news staff of WUSF Public Media. The scholarship duration is one semester and will begin one week before the start of the semester.
The applicant should be a student interested in news and in learning more about researching, writing and producing for radio. The applicant should be a good writer, able to take constructive criticism during the editing process, and have some knowledge of public radio’s unique reporting style and programming.
Duties: Researching stories; conducting interviews by phone; gathering sound for stories in the field; writing copy for stories; assisting reporters as needed; producing news spots and in-depth pieces as assigned (based on knowledge and skill development).
Standard Learning Objectives:
As a result of this position, student will be able to:
- Demonstrate basic employability skills such as: timeliness to work, appropriate dress, interpersonal communication, and time management
- Receive and solicit feedback from supervisor and effectively apply feedback on the job
- Assess workplace and demonstrate how personal talents, skills, and knowledge fit into the employer’s goals, mission, and vision
- Demonstrate his or her professional brand (identity)
- Communicate transferable and functional skills to prospective employer
In addition, students will gain experience by:
- Accompanying reporters in the field
- Learning how to use field recording equipment
- Learning the use of professional studios and microphones and voice techniques
- Learning story development and interview techniques
- Writing and producing short news spots and in-depth pieces for air
- Writing solid online news stories for WUSFNews.org
- Actively contributing news content to WUSF social media platforms
- Learning photo and video techniques
This position requires a High School diploma and the student must be currently enrolled in a college or university. The student must have a working vehicle and a current driver's license class E.
The ideal candidate will be an active consumer of local and national news (including NPR) and should have knowledge of or has taken courses related to journalism, communications and/or public broadcasting. Experience reporting and writing for other publications, including student newspapers and stations, is a plus.