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  • jobs@pri.org
  • email
  • Full Time
  • Boston or Minneapolis,
  • Photography Radio Writing

Visual Journalist – Public Radio International

Visual Journalist

Public Radio International

The Visual Journalist works as part of a 10-person team to commission and create explanatory videos, slideshows, animations, graphics, data visualizations, maps, polls and interactive elements for PRI and The World’s web and social properties. The journalist will be central to 15 months of special coverage aimed at engaging millions of Americans in an examination of efforts around the world to improve the well-being of communities by raising the status of women. The journalist will work closely with editors, reporters and social media journalists to define, create and edit visual elements to extend The World’s storytelling on that issue over the web and social networks.

The visual journalist needs to have data and multimedia reporting experience, including experience shooting and editing videos and photos. The journalist will need to identify, vet and clean data sources, create interactive and static graphics from data, produce explanatory videos and slideshows in collaboration with reporters and editors, find and obtain outside visuals to accompany stories, develop GIFs and other graphic elements for social posts, and work with independent photographers, videographers, animators and developers. The ideal candidate would have a portfolio of strong reporting work on complex issues, including a range of visual storytelling experience. This position will be in Boston or Minneapolis and reports to the Multimedia Editor of PRI.org.

Main duties:

  • Collaborate with editors, reporters and social media journalists to research and create short explanatory videos, slideshows, animations, graphics, data visualizations, maps, polls and interactive elements
  • Research, write and produce digital-only stories and blog posts with strong visual elements
  • Oversee and edit work by photographers, videographers and animators
  • Research and find visual elements to accompany stories, blogs and interviews from PRI shows and editorial partners 
  • Create social posts to support visual stories
  • Create and post visual call-outs for audience participation for use on the web, email and social media
  • Track, analyze and report on the audience reach and engagement of visual storytelling elements and call-outs

Skills and experience required:

  • At least 3 years of experience as a full-time journalist, with at least one year focused on visual or multimedia journalism
  • Excellent writing skills, with precision and style
  • Multilingual and multicultural competency
  • Knowledge of advanced HTML
  • Strong, working knowledge of international news and issues
  • Knowledge of editing audio, video and photos in Adobe’s Creative Suite
  • Experience with storyboarding for explanatory visual storytelling
  • Experience in data-based journalism and creation of graphics, preferably in a daily newsroom
  • Active personal social media accounts
  • Strong Internet and database research skill

Preferred experience:

  • Experience covering gender issues and/or international development
  • Graphic design training or experience
  • CSS and javascript knowledge
  • Familiarity with using APIs

Send application materials to:

Send your resume and cover letter to jobs@pri.org to apply.

PRI embraces diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. 


A Full Time position in Boston or Minneapolis, .

Posting expires: November 24th, 2014.

  • Jane Hirt
  • Apprenticeship
  • Chicago, IL
  • Photography



The Chicago Tribune’s newsroom internship program seeks college juniors, seniors and graduate students for 12-week paid internships. Opportunities will be considered in all newsroom departments: metro, sports, business, graphics, copy editing, design, photo/video, entertainment, events, social media and lifestyle.

To be eligible, candidates must have completed at least one internship at a daily news organization other than their college paper. Additionally, candidates must be able to work in the United States legally. Interns will work 40 hours a week and must be able to, and often do, cover major stories their first days on the job.

Send your cover letter, resume, work examples and the names of at least two professional and one school reference to Chicago Tribune Managing Editor Jane Hirt jhirt@tribune.com. Limit your clips to 5-7 pieces that represent your best work and show your range of experience. We prefer that candidates send clips or links to specific stories rather than linking to a personal web site. Clips give us a chance to see what you believe is your best work. If you do send a link to your personal web site, consider putting your best, most-recent work at the top. (Photographers, go with links to your websites.)

In your cover letter, please specify whether you’re interested in a fall, winter, spring or summer internship and specify whether you are seeking a reporting, editing, photography, design or other type of internship.

Deadlines: The deadline for the highly competitive metro summer reporting internship is Dec. 1. There is no deadline for internships in other departments or for other seasons of the year. However, the earlier you apply, the more internships you will be considered for. It is not uncommon for students to apply in October for an internship the following summer, and we hire many of our summer interns in January and February.


A Apprenticeship position in Chicago, IL.

Posting expires: November 24th, 2014.

  • Francie Swidler
  • Apprenticeship
  • Denver, CO
  • Photography



The No. 1 newspaper in the Rocky Mountain region, The Denver Post, is helping shape the futures of the next generation of journalists by offering a 10-week paid internship for the summer of 2015. To do so, we are looking for talented young people who want to make a difference.

Interns work in several parts of the newsroom — as news or features reporters, online producers, photographers or graphic artists or designers. Denver Post interns are paid about $517 per week (housing and transportation to Denver are not included).

- Applicants should have completed junior year in college before Summer 2015 
- A demonstrated interest in print or online journalism (clips or portfolio) 
- Reporting applicants should include no more than 5 clips 
- Please include cover letter outlining which position most interests you 
- List of three references

If you are a motivated college student looking to thrive in a newsroom atmosphere, please send your letter, clips or portfolio, resume and references to:

Internship recruiter:
Francie Swidler
The Denver Post
101 W. Colfax Ave. Suite 600
Denver, CO 80202

For PHOTOGRAPHY applications, please email your cover letter, portfolio and resume tofswidler@denverpost.com

DEADLINE for RECEIVING applications is October 31, 2014. Applications received after that date will not be considered..

Please contact Francie at 303-954-1001 or fswidler@denverpost.com with any questions.

A Apprenticeship position in Denver, CO.

Posting expires: November 24th, 2014.

  • Charles Gay and Cynthia Dubose
  • Apprenticeship
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Photography



Summer internships are paid, 10-week programs. Interns are treated as full-time professional journalists.

Internship Requirements:
Must be a rising junior, senior or graduate student. We also accept applications from those who have graduated within six months of the start of the summer internship.

Multimedia photojournalist:
- Familiarity or experience with premier pro or similar editing software
- Comfortable shooting video/interviewing & interacting with the public
- Basic photography/framing skills
- Video production experience a plus

To apply, send:
- A short note on why you want to be a journalist and how an internship at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will help you pursue your goal.
- Note the internship you’re interested in: multimedia
- 3 samples of your best work
- Résumé
- References (contact information for 2).

Send applications by Nov. 15, 2014, to:
Charles Gay and Cynthia Dubose
Intern Coordinators

Decisions are made by the end of this year. Successful candidates will be notified.

For more information, see our internship page – designed by 2014 summer interns. http://internships.ajc.com/

A Apprenticeship position in Atlanta, GA.

Posting expires: November 24th, 2014.

  • N/A
  • Apprenticeship
  • Portland, OR
  • Photography



Oregonian Media Group offers a 10-week summer intern program for college students who wish to work as multimedia journalists in The Oregonian newsroom. We’re looking for primarily upperclassmen with previous internship experience who want to work in a digital-first environment doing smart stories for readers of OREGONLIVE.COM online and The Oregonian in print. We want critical thinkers, students who have a portfolio that shows ambition and skill across platforms, reporters and photographers who want to make a difference with readers – however those readers find us.

If selected, you will be assigned to a team for the summer, paired with a staff mentor and provided opportunities to learn from experienced journalists through group discussions with other interns.

Students who have spent their summers with us have found the experience valuable, both in terms of the broad digital thinking they’re immersed in and the opportunities they’ve been given to pursue all kinds of stories of all kinds of depth. In short: You won’t be treated like an intern. The deadline to apply for Summer 2015 is Nov. 1. You may upload a cover letter, resume and clips (or include a link to those materials) any time after Sept. 15, 2014.

APPLY AT THIS LINK: https://oregonian.wufoo.com/forms/oregonian-2015-internship-application/

A Apprenticeship position in Portland, OR.

Posting expires: November 24th, 2014.

  • Nancy San Martin
  • Apprenticeship
  • Miami, FL
  • Photography



If you are looking to work in the most interesting, diverse and news-intensive city in the United States, The Miami Herald Media Company is the place to be. We believe our internship program is among the best in the country. Each year, we offer talented collegiate journalists the opportunity to hone their craft working alongside the country’s top professionals.

Internship details:
• We offer internships in multimedia, programming and digital design
• Limited slots also are available in news, business, features and sports reporting, photography/videography and copy editing. (All reporting internships presume multimedia work, by the way.)
• Internships last 10 weeks and pay $520 per week.
• Application deadline is Oct. 31 each year for slots to be filled the following year.
• Successful candidates can intern in the fall or winter of the calendar year.

What we need from you:
• Resume
• A persuasive cover letter. Why should we pick you?
• Six to eight samples of your work for writers, artists, designers; 20 images for photographers, five videos from videographers. Or a combination of the above.
• The names of three references we can contact and ways to contact them. We do not require letters of recommendation.
• We’d like a printed copy of your package by mail. You may provide photos, video, design and audio work on flash drive or disc.

Send your application to:
Nancy San Martin
Interactive Editor
The Miami Herald
One Herald Plaza
Miami, Fl., 33132

A Apprenticeship position in Miami, FL.

Posting expires: November 24th, 2014.

  • Yoon S. Byun
  • Apprenticeship
  • Portland, ME
  • Photography



Want to help shape the visual report for an ambitious, award-winning paper in beautiful Portland, Maine? Take your spring semester off and work at the Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

The largest city in Maine is home to world-class restaurants, theaters and three minor league sports teams. It’s two hours from Boston and sits on a rocky coastline that has inspired some of the country’s best-known artists.

The photo intern will be treated as a member of the photo staff, shooting daily assignments, pitching story ideas and projects. Great story ideas will be rewarded with the time to pursue them. The newsroom can be a fast-paced environment, and interns will need to meet tight deadlines.

Ideal candidates will be journalists first, with strong news judgment, who are self-starters seeking guidance and feedback. Work will be judged on personal vision, journalistic content and editing – less is more. Finalists will be expected to talk about potential story ideas they would like to pursue in Maine.

In addition to photography skills, applicants should have audio and video production skills. Interns will be expected to have their own digital SLR, a wide and long zoom lens or equivalent, and a reliable vehicle.

Applicants should send a cover letter explaining why they want to work at the Press Herald, along with a resume with references, and either a CD or an EDITED link to their work.

This internship pays $480/week and runs from the first week of January to May. It is open to current students and graduates that have not been out of school for more than one year.

Deadline October 31, 2014.

Please send applications to:

Yoon S. Byun
Photo Editor
Portland Press Herald
1 City Center
5th Floor
Portland, ME 04101

Please include a SASE if you would like your application returned



A Apprenticeship position in Portland, ME.

Posting expires: November 24th, 2014.

  • Julie Winokur
  • email
  • Full Time
  • Montclair, NJ
  • Photography Radio Writing

Editor/Shooter Talking Eyes Media – Montclair, NJ


Talking Eyes Media – Montclair, NJ


Position Summary:


Talking Eyes Media is seeking a full-time Editor/Shooter to work out of our Montclair, NJ office. The candidate should be a self-motivated individual with an interest in documentary film production and at least three years of experience.  We are seeking someone with a high-level of organizational, communication, and production management skills. This position will begin as soon as we find the right candidate.


About Talking Eyes Media:


Talking Eyes Media (TEM), is a nonprofit production company that creates powerful media for pressing issues.  We are visual storytellers, creating documentary films, multimedia, books and exhibitions that actively stimulate dialogue and advocate for positive social change. 


Over the years, we have successfully translated projects across media platforms (from print to web to television) and have worked seamlessly between the nonprofit sector and the editorial world. We have an extensive portfolio of still photography, multimedia and documentary films and have received numerous awards from World Press International, Pictures of the Year International and UNICEF, as well as two Emmy nominations. Our work has appeared in such publications as National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, and Time Magazine, as well as online (Time, MSNBC, Discovery, CNN) and on television (PBS and the Documentary Channel). 


We are highly skilled storytellers, who work with sensitivity, creativity and outright passion for what we do. To learn more, visit: www.talkingeyesmedia.org


Position Description:


This is a unique, hybrid position that incorporates editing and shooting skills.  The ideal candidate will have outstanding storytelling instincts, with an ability to conceive and execute all aspects of production. This is primarily an editing/production position, and secondarily a shooting position. The ideal candidate has an understanding and passion for documentary work, strong research skills, and outstanding communications skills. The applicant must be reliable, well organized, a team player, have a sense of humor and be able to work quickly to meet deadlines.


Position Responsibilities:


  • Edit films in premiere pro and FCP7
  • Film and photograph projects using DSLRs and Canon Cinema cameras
  • Brainstorm new approaches to projects
  • Understanding of lighting and interview setups
  • Oversee digital workflow on shoots including adding metadata to media
  • Prep projects and media to be edited
  • Prep gear before and after shoots
  • Pre plan shoot days 
  • Basic knowledge of after effects for text treatment on films 
  • Audio sweetening on films
  • Deliver final projects to clients
  • Archive projects to server 
  • Transcribe interviews 
  • Find and work with translators for films
  • Trouble shoot IT problems ranging from gear, to editing software, to computers to server and website 
  • Update website
  • Make blog post
  • Create DVDs for film festivals, etc
  • Stay up to date on latest gear and industry news
  • Stay informed on current events and issues
  • Create workflow and how-to manuals for internal use

Position Requirements:


  • Expertise in Photoshop, Premiere, FCP
  • Active knowledge of news/current affairs and documentary industry
  • Concern for social justice issues
  • Strong project management and organizational skills with ability to multi-task, prioritize assignments, and meet deadlines
  • Must be able to take initiative and work independently, but also work with a team in a tight-knit environment
  • Able to formulate independent decisions using the available information and find a solution for, or deal proactively with problems
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with peers, employees, managers, and clients,
  • Able to maintain confidentiality in daily operations and to conduct daily duties in a professional manner.
  • Extensive working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)


Education & Training Requirements:


Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in Film, Journalism, or Communications; OR minimum three years related experience and/or training in film or television production


Application Instructions:


Please e-mail cover letter and resume to Julie Winokur at jwinokur@talkingeyesmedia.org with “Editor/Shooter” as the subject line. We will conduct interviews on a rolling basis.


No calls please.


A Full Time position in Montclair, NJ.

Posting expires: November 24th, 2014.

  • Tracy Grant
  • email
  • Apprenticeship
  • Washington, D.C.,
  • Photography



You must be a college junior, senior or graduate student enrolled in a degree program on November 7, 2014. You must have had at least one professional news media job or internship.

For the 2015 Summer Internship program, application materials must be postmarked no later than November 7, 2014.

Fill out the application form, print it out, sign it and mail it, using the instructions below. **(Application form will be available when application period is opened.)**

You must sign and mail your application to The Washington Post to be considered for an internship.

- Clip, do not staple any of the materials you submit 
- Send all printed materials on 8½ x 11 paper 
- Do not send notebooks, presentation covers, or other fancy packaging

Please include the following in your packet–using one large binder clip–in the following order.
1. Application packet checklist:http://careers.washingtonpost.com/sites/default/files/checklist.pdf
2. Printed application form, completed and signed.
3. Typed autobiographical essay of at least 500 words.
4. Resume.
5. Work samples:
Visual Journalists: For digital photographers, candidate must have proficiency in Photoshop CS, photo management software, and Mac and PC platforms. Application must include portfolio. For video, must have proficiency in all aspects of digital video/audio and editing software, including Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere. Experience with voice-over narration and HTML is helpful. Application must include video portfolio.
6. Two letters of recommendation written to The Selection Committee. These letters should be included as part of your application in separate, sealed envelopes.

When your application has been mailed, notify The Post that it is on its way.

The Washington Post 
Attention: Newsroom Summer Internship Program 
1150 15th Street, NW 
Washington, D.C. 20071

For more information, contact: 
Tracy Grant 
Senior Editor 

A Apprenticeship position in Washington, D.C., .

Posting expires: November 24th, 2014.

  • MediaStorm
  • Apprenticeship
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Photography Radio Writing



MediaStorm is looking for interns. If you’re motivated, highly-organized, and passionate about multimedia, we’d love to hear from you.

Start dates are flexible. We’re looking for experience in multimedia production, design, motion graphics, and/or programming for web. Internships will be paid.

Available positions include:

  • Producers
  • Motion Graphics
  • Development

To apply for a MediaStorm Internship, click here.
You will need to include:

  • Links to pieces you’ve produced/collaborated on (please indicate role in each)
  • Available start/end dates
  • Hours/week available
  • For Multimedia Producers: Familiarity with Premiere, Photoshop and Aperture
  • For Motion Graphics: Familiarity with After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, and typography skills; Premiere Pro and Cinema 4D a plus
  • For Developers: Familiarity with Javascript & its modern libraries/frameworks, HTML5, CSS, PHP, MySQL

Internship Application Deadlines are:

  • July 15 – Fall Internship (September – December)
  • November 1 – Spring Internship (January – April)
  • January 17 – Summer Internship (May – August)


Ligaiya Romero is willing to discuss this position as well. You may contact them via their email.

A Apprenticeship position in Brooklyn, NY.

Posting expires: November 13th, 2014.

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