Getting a summer internship in journalism - robert zlokower

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Getting a summer internship in journalism - robert zlokower

  1. 1. Getting a summer internship in journalism<br />A step-by-step guide by Robert Zlokower<br />Resources:<br />http://www.freep.com/legacy/jobspage/index.htm<br /> <br />http://www.poynter.org/ <br /> <br />http://journalismjobs.com<br />http://ed2010.com<br />http://cubreporters.org<br />http://uwire.searchease.com<br />http://craigslist.org (various sections)<br /> <br />http://www.concernedjournalists.org/career_resources/job_links<br /> <br />http://www.nasw.org/users/nbauman/asjaltin.htm<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Here is a step-by-step guide to getting journalism internships:<br /> <br /> <br />If you're considering a summer internship in journalism, now's the time to start getting ready. Deadlines can start as early as Novemeber 15.<br /> <br />This link is my bible: http://www.freep.com/legacy/jobspage/index.htm. I also used my dad who has been involved with the media business for a few decades. <br /> <br />Basically here are the steps I took to get an internship last summer. <br /> <br />1) Made a list of all possible publications (it was about 10 places) with their respective application requirements, application deadlines, point person, contact information, and notes on where I was with that company. <br /> <br />2) Called all the publications to check about sending applications for internships.<br /> <br />3) Sent my packet (see below) either via mail, e-mail, fax, or through a friend who knew a big dog on the inside.<br /> <br />4) Followed-up one week later to see if they got my packet. <br /> <br />5) Followed-up again later if necessary (ie if they said they'd get back to me by a certain date, but haven't).<br /> <br />6) Sent an e-mail thanking them for considering me if they  rejected me.<br /> <br />7) Scored interviews with a few publications. Had the interviews.<br /> <br />8) Sent an e-mail thanking for the interview and adding any information I had left out in the interview. <br /> <br />9) More follow-ups, thank yous if necessary.<br /> <br />10) Scored an internship at a business newspaper in Manhattan. Did a happy dance!<br /> <br /> <br />ABOUT THE PACKET: (I can show you examples if you’d like)<br /> <br />Can be mailed, e-mailed, or faxed depending on publication<br /> <br />Generally includes three elements:<br />1) Cover letter<br />-has a good lead to hook the reader and make you stand out from the hundreds of other applicants who probably are just like you<br />-highlights best parts of your resume<br />-can tell stories to demonstrate how devoted of a reporter you are (or some other characteristic)<br />-no more than one page long<br />-business letter format<br /> <br />2) Resume<br /> <br />3) Clips<br />-usually about 6-10. But some publications have specific requirements.<br />-cut them out and scan them on to 8.5"x11" paper<br />-save the scans as PDFs<br />-do not enlarge or minimize the images of the clips<br />-should demonstrate your best work. Generally the better of a publication you work for, the better edited your clips will be.<br /> <br />4) CD of all the files and extra stuff (optional)<br />

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