Triad City Beat is hiring two interns for two separate positions! Editorial intern Kelly Fahey and investigative intern Rebecca Harrelson are finishing up their time here, and we’re looking for two new folks to join our team.
The editorial internship
Send a résumé, cover letter and an example of your writing to Editor in Chief Brian Clarey at [email protected] by Dec. 5. The start date of the internship is negotiable but it will last for roughly four months.
The editorial internship is all about writing (find more info on the investigative internship below). Interns will write several of Triad City Beat‘s smaller calendars throughout the paper and will write one cultural article (music, food, film, theater, art, etc.) each week. Hours and days are negotiable. Interns will receive feedback from our three editors on each article and will learn about the ins and outs of professional journalism.
We’re fun to work with (see, look!) but the goal is for interns to develop first-hand experience with journalism and leave with strong clips. As with most things in life, interns will get out of the internship what they put in. School credit has been arranged in the past but graduates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Here are the details for the investigative internship. Applications are due to our managing editor, Jordan Green, on Dec. 15. Email him at [email protected]
The Triad City Beat investigative reporting internship is designed to give a college student in Winston-Salem, Greensboro or High Point hands-on experience in assisting with research, interviewing, reporting and writing a major investigative project over the course of a semester.
Investigative reporting is the highest form of journalism, involving a forensic examination of documents and data to uncover important truths about the exercise of government and private power in society. The topics examined often have life-and-death implications for citizens, and published stories have the power to adversely affect the careers of public servants, including termination or criminal charges. Getting the story right, treating people fairly and exercising the power of the written word with care and judiciousness are sacred duties. The internship is appropriately rigorous.
Investigative reporting involves a methodical organization of information, persistence in obtaining official documents from public agencies, enterprising source development, empathetic interviewing skills, and the application of psychology to ferret out information that others do not want you to obtain.
The successful applicant will be expected to put in a minimum of 10 hours a week, and will ideally be available and prepared to contribute to all steps in the development of the story. Ability, commitment and availability of time will determine the extent of the intern’s contributions to the finished project. The aim of the project is to publish a story in Triad City Beat that is a collaboration between the internship director and intern(s) at the end of the internship.
To apply for the internship, please send your resume, one or two writing samples and a brief cover letter outlining your interest to Jordan Green at [email protected] Candidates for the internship will be invited to participate in an in-person interview. Please come prepared to discuss your understanding and appreciation of investigative reporting. Eagerness to learn and follow through on tasks count for more than experience or ability.
The internship is unpaid, but you will gain invaluable experience that will prepare you for a career in journalism while also being useful in a variety of other professional fields. Academic credit can be arranged, assuming the approval of your professor. Your name will be printed on the final, published article alongside the internship director. Thank you for your interest.