Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Want a great internship next summer? Fall deadlines coming up

One of my Bucket List items is to help get a UMass Journalism student to the New York Times or Washington Post next summer. If you think you are that person, NOW is the time to apply. Most nationally competitive internships have fall deadlines, so you need to get cracking.

Here's Poynter's list of top internships. This is a fantastic roundup that includes sites like Politico. It's  from 2015, but the dates are pretty similar, and it gives you an idea of what's out there.

Here's another list from the Student Press Law Center.

The Washington Post Summer Internship Program: deadline: Oct. 6.

Boston Globe Internship Program:  deadline: Oct. 22.

The Dow Jones News Internship Program: deadline: Nov. 1.

The New York Times is looking for interns in reporting, interactive news, video, audio, audience development, and much more. Deadline: Nov. 1. (This link looks like they haven't upped their aps yet, but they have a wide range of internships, so keep checking.)

Miami Herald Internship Program: deadline: Oct. 31.

Here's  a list of more internships. 

Want to work at a magazine? Here's info from the American Society of Magazine Editors 2018 Internship Program.

I will help you build your application package. You should have at least one or two smaller internships, and employers are also looking for campus media experience.

These programs get hundreds of applications for about a dozen slots in each shop. It will not be easy and odds are that you won't get in on the first try. Apply anyway. You'll learn a lot, and the judges will remember you next time.

Before we meet, please read the posts below and be sure that you have a solid resume prepared according to my Career Tips Handout in the right hand column of this page, as well as a Pressfolios or Wordpress site with your clips, and a solid Linkedin profile.

Clean up your social media presence and get your Twitter feed up and running and tweet some smart things. (I recently had an editor tell me she would have hired a student, but that she wished he was a better tweeter.) You can get a resume review with Julie or Lucy out in the Hub; they'll be posting their schedule in the Monday Memo.

I want to see the package that you'd be sending out, and we'll make sure it best represents you and your work.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The interns tell all...2017 edition

Each summer, UMass Journalism students fan out around the country on summer internships. I ask them to report back with a post about their experiences, what they learned, what they wish they'd known before they started, and advice to fellow students about internships and career planning. Here we go.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Got a summer internship? Here's how to register for the credits

If you are registering for summer internship credits, you must fill out an Academic Contract through Career Services, and then pay for the credits through Continuing and Professional Education.

Please take a look at the Internship Checklist in the right-hand column of this page for instructions, and take a look at this screencast , which explains how the Academic Contract and registration process works.

Your course number is JOURNAL 398, and you should put my name as your academic sponsor. Please get in touch with me to talk about the number of credits. This will depend on the number of hours total you will be working this summer.

 If you have any questions, please come by my office or email me.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

How to get free money at UMass

Here's the thing about UMass. Sure, it's big, and sure, it's sometimes crazy and it feels like no one cares about you. But: if you reach out, you can usually find help.

A student just told me a story about not having any money. This student was worried about not being able to come back in the fall. The student met with an advisor at Financial Aid, and the advisor walked through all this person's options, where the student was from, what the student's financial situation was. Asked many questions. The student ended up with a scholarship that helped ensure a return to UMass in the fall. This never would have happened if that student hadn't gone to the Financial Aid office and asked for help.

Which brings me to scholarships. There are probably more than $50,000 in scholarship dollars about to be handed out over the next six weeks. Some are straight scholarships, others go to help fund research or study abroad. Still others help to defray the costs of  summer internships, which, in journalism, generally go unpaid.

How do you win some of this money? Make sure you have a great looking resume, and write a great essay. What makes a great essay? No typos! More than a few drafts! And follow this model.

I'm hosting a workshop on Weds., March 8 at 4 p.m. in the Hub with Matt Morouvic from Financial Aid. We'll talk about what it takes to win and how the scholarships work.

I'll be posting the available scholarships as I find them. Three words: APPLY, APPLY, APPLY.

The UMass Alumni Association offers more than $100,000 in scholarships each year. The deadlines for these have passed, but please plan for next year.

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Scholarships include scholarships around research, study abroad and other areas. 
Journalism Dept. Scholarships are given out to Journalism Department students only. If you are in other departments, check their websites for major-specific scholarships.

New England Newspaper Publishers Association $1,000 scholarships for college students pursuing a career in journalism.

Broadcast student? Apply for the Student Broadcaster Scholarship. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Summer Internship starting line: your digital professional credentials

If you're gearing up for an internship search, you need to have your credentials ready to go. Here are my three suggestions. A few students have come in for resume work and tell me they'll get to their LinkedIn profiles later. Big mistake. (One person in my Launchpad class had a profile picture from high school yearbook. WUT? No.)  Have everything perfect and ready to go (including a professional photo) before you send out the resume.

If you're coming to speak with me about an internship, please do this work before we meet. It will speed up the process.

1. A functional resume. I recommend the functional resume, which is a little different from others, because it emphasizes your skills, and gives you a chance to sell these skills to an employer right out of the box. Sometimes you can "jump the line" because you have a particular skill that an employer is looking for. You can find a model of this resume in the Career Tips handouts on the right hand sidebar of this site. Remember that your campus media work is not an "activity," but "experience," and get it up high. Julie or Lucy offer resume feedback hours out in the Hub. Have one of them take a look and help you revise.

2. A solid LinkedIn profile. Spend some time on this. (You'll find LinkedIn advice in this blog, read through the posts!) Develop a well-written and edited summary with lots of keywords, and an emphasis on your solid skills and results.  Get a good professional photograph. Talk to profs or former employers or internship supervisors and ask to Link In with them, and ask if they'd provide a recommendation for you on your LinkedIn profile.

3. A digital portfolio with links to your published work. Buy your domain name and put up a site. You can do this with a simple Wordpress site, or with a terrific site like Pressfolios. Be sure to put a LinkedIn badge on your page. Get the code for your profile at LinkedIn.com/profiles/public-profile-settings. Your badge size options and the code is in the lower right hand column. Embed your Twitter and/or Instagram feed.

4. PDF's of ten of your best clips, in case an employer wants them printable. These should include breaking news, enterprise stories, features---a range of your best work--stored on Dropbox so you can access them anywhere and e-mail or print them as needed. This gives you the flexibility for employers who want hard copy.

5. Business cards. You can get these at Staples, or online at Vistaprint.com. On this card, you should have the LinkedIn address and your portfolio address.

Here's a post from Romenesko about how graduating journalism students should present their clips to potential employers. 

Do some hunting around on the sites on the right hand column of this site. Sign up online via my calendar at the top of the right hand column on this page. See you soon!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Keeping tabs on Trump

Preparing to teach Entrepreneurial Journalism this semester, I was looking around for examples of media organizations developing new products to address an informational need. And here's a big one: covering President Donald J.  Trump--his words, his actions, his impact. There's almost too much to keep up with, but there's so much at stake.

Here are some ways media entrepreneurs and traditional media outlets are approaching the task. If you have an addition, send it along!

The Trump Tracker, by The Boston Globe.

Can He Do That?, a podcast produced by The Washington Post.

The Trump Twitter Archive. Searchable by topics and words!

The TrumpCast, by Slate. Podcast about the president.

Track Trump was developed by some tech folks and academics, including Sam Altman, the president of Y Combinator, which funds tech startups.

The Trump-O-Meter is an outgrowth of Politifact's Truth-O-Meter.

TrumpTracker at Github measures promises and progress.

Politico's 45 blog offers a daily roundup.

The Trump Promise Tracker by ABC News, keeps tabs on campaign promises.

The Trump Archive has video clips of television shows, rallies and other material.

Snopes debunks a lot of topics, but is also in the game when it comes to covering Trump.

Friday, July 29, 2016

The interns tell all

My internship "season" starts in September, when I go around to Intro and Journalism 300 classes and do my schpiel about internships, and start bugging students to apply for the big ones, which mostly have deadlines during the fall semester. If you know me, you know I'm going to tell you to do as many as you can, and to have a strategy that builds up to a high profile internship when you're a rising senior. This can really help you be "job-ready" come graduation time.

I advise students to think of summer as their "third semester" and build those work skills and their professional network when they're not in the classroom. Most students come back from summer internships with a new focus on what they want to do, and a new desire to learn things. That's what every prof loves.

Don't take my word for it, though. The best promoters of internships are the interns themselves, and this time of year I ask everyone to post about their experiences. Here's what students reported back last summer on their internship experiences.

This summer's crop has posted below. I hope you'll take a look at the comments section below,  and come see me in my office about getting an internship.

Take it away, interns!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Why you should know about (and read) newsletters

What can journalists learn from  using Pokemon Go?

How the heck do I know, I barely know what Pokemon is. But I don't need to know, because I read newsletters. I learned all about it from this  Poynter Institute story.  I got the link from the Online News Association Weekly newsletter,  which arrives in my mailbox each week, filled with all kinds of information related to digital journalism, including job postings and news about workshops and conferences.

The world is in a constant state of change, and if you want to work in any industry, you have got to keep up with developments in the field while you're in college. There's no better or easier way than subscribing to industry newsletters. (You can also take a regular look at the publications listed on the right hand column of this page.)

You might also consider newsletter production as a career path. Like podcasts, newsletters have come in and out of vogue, but the digital products seem to be in a growth pattern now. The key: building a strong vertical--a specific area-- and a dedicated audience who can't do without your information.

A lot of you tell me you love The Skimm, a newsletter for Millennial women. Its tagline: "makes it easier to be smarter." 

Traditional news outlets are getting the message. At the Globe, Teresa Hanafin, who's an alum, just launched Fast Forward: The News You Need for the Day Ahead. It's newsy, but also a lot of fun to read, in part because it has Teresa's wisecracking voice, and deep knowledge of Boston cultcha, if you know what I mean.  (Why not help her out and subscribe? And follow her on Twitter: @BostonTeresa. She is a fierce Red Sox fan.)

The Washington Post has gone nutty for newsletters. This, from Digiday:
The Washington Post has 75-plus newsletters that are written by reporters and editors in their respective verticals, but the strategy is overseen by a newsletter and alerts editor, Tessa Muggeridge.
In Entrepreneurial Journalism (Journ. 383! Still spaces this fall! Sign up!) we talk about how the entrepreneur finds a problem and solves it. The newsletter is a solution to the problem of too much information and too little time. And the startup costs are pretty reasonable. Here's a Folio Magazine piece about how the digital media outlet Quartz "reinvented" the newsletter to communicate with the 15,000 attendees at the Cannes Lions 2016 marketing conference in June. 
"We thought that an email product shouldn't just be headlines to drive you back to the website," Lauf says. "Rather, we asked, 'What would we want from an email product? How could an email we receive every morning make us smarter?"
The result was a daily newsletter delivered in the morning and designed to tell readers not just what happened while they were sleeping, but what to expect for the day ahead. Unlike most newsletter products, not all of the links go back to Quartz's website, qz.com. In fact, most go to outside sources, even competitors.
"It's very deliberately user-first," Lauf continues. "A lot of publishers give lip service to that, but don't really deliver on it. We put ourselves in the shoes of the busy reader that we serve, who may not want an app or a newsletter that’s just another marketing vehicle to keep people inside the walled garden. It’s about making our readers smarter. If that means linking out to other sources, we believe that will come back to us in terms of loyalty."
So. If you want to dive in and learn more about journalism, and get a sense of how these things come together, take a look at:

Need to Know: American Press Institute

Digiday Daily: Covers media, technology, social and marketing

NetNewsCheck covers local news from the business and tech perspective, print, broadcast and online.

Online News Association Weekly: covers the intersection of tech and journalism.  

Folio Magazine covers the business of magazine publishing and marketing, and offers several different newsletters, depending on your interests. 

Mediabistro Revolving Door Newsletter: covers the magazine industry and the comings and goings of editors and publishers.

Brainpickings isn't a journalism newsletter, per se, BUT. It's a great example of how one young writer followed her interests and created her own terrific publication. Check it out. I always find some interesting reading here. 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Job search chronicles: crazy new job titles and what they mean

I'm getting ready to teach the Journalism Launchpad class and gathering materials that can help students figure out what they want to do and where they want to do it. The class is full, but I hope to post updates that everyone can use.

Each time I teach this class, I have to re-do much of the content, because the job market in most fields is in a constant state of change. The reasons: the economy, technology and changes in emergent and social media. This year, part of the job landscape includes job titles that most people have never heard of.

We used to say that we try to prepare you for jobs that haven't been invented yet. I'm going to add to that...and we don't even know the names of. Here are a few.

The platform wrangler/platform ambassador/platform yadda yadda. This position serves as a liaison with the various content platforms being used by media brands, according to a post on Digiday:
Vox Media is hiring for a director of partner platforms, who will “establish and own the relationship with all major content platforms” such as Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat, as well as work with Vox’s own product, edit and revenue teams to provide editorial strategy direction, according to a job posting. CNN is planning to build a team dedicated to off-platform distribution under Andrew Morse, GM of CNN Digital, an acknowledgment that managing platforms “can’t be a part-time thing,” he said.
The Engagement Editor. Take a look.

Have you got the right stuff to become a Meme Librarian? 

Or what about:  Chief Rainmaker and Storyteller?

I just attended a journalism conference where one of the speakers worked for the BBC test-driving social media and chat apps to figure out how the Beeb could use these tools in news gathering and distribution, whether it's a silly use of the app, Yo, or figuring out how to deliver news in African nations, where the cellphone is ubiquitous, but data streams are limited (so no one clicks on links.) How cool is that? 

If you do it right, the journalism major provides you with a wide range of flexible, transferrable skills, like reporting, writing, production and audience building. Lots of companies and non-profit organizations need these skills, and you can find rewarding work in places that you just can't even imagine.    

So how do you get these gigs? First, get some experience at a campus media outlet. Every student media outlet either does or should have these positions on staff. If they don't, volunteer to start one. Several students who have worked at AmherstWire.com have scored internships from this experience. Same with The Collegian, WMUA and UVC.

Second, take it on yourself to learn everything you can about how these systems work. You won't learn everything you'll need in your classes.  The good news is that there are a lot of online resources that you could be reading every day. There are online courses at Khan Academy, Udemy, Coursera, and YouTube. There are digital publications like Neiman Reports, The Poynter Institute and others, on the right hand column of this page. Read 'em regularly.

Third, keep up with the tech industry. Every company is a tech company now. Keep up with developments in social media and the growth of new platforms. And I don't just mean having a Hootesuite account. I mean understanding what big moves Zuckerberg might be making when it comes to the news business. If you don't know what Instant Articles are yet, then get to work.

I'm pumping up my Twitter list, which includes job and internship postings and lots of tips. Subscribe to it: twitter.com/BJ_Roche/lists/thejournalismlaunchpad and follow me @BJ_Roche.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Straight talk about internships from UMass Journalism students

Hannah Yoo, at her summer internship in New York with some guy at ABC World News Tonight
I am so proud of our UMass Journalism interns, because they show how far you can go when you're willing to work hard, take a chance and apply. Sometimes students don't apply for big things because they fear rejection. This is a big mistake. My advice: apply already. What's the worst that could happen? And often enough, students are pleasantly surprised and they get the gig.

March and April are busy months as students figure out where to apply. We go over (and over!) their resumes and cover letters and talk about interviewing strategies. Then, we wait to hear if they've been accepted.

But the best month is this one, when I get to hear what they've done during the summer. Internships are often a life-and-career changers for students.

This summer, our students interned all over the place, from the Student Press Law Center in Washington, DC, to WBUR, WCVB, WGBH in Boston, Elle magazine in New York. Artscope in Boston. Each summer, I ask everyone to post about his or her experience, and, below you can find the accounts from this summer.

If you're a UMass Journalism student, I hope you'll consider an internship next summer. Come to my office and let's talk.