Internship opportunity: Texas Tribune (Oct. 1 deadline)

Information below is taken directly from the Texas Tribune’s website highlighting its fellowship/internship opportunities. We’ve had some great alumni work at this digital-only, nonprofit news organization covering all things Texas politics. You should definitely apply.

Paid Data Visuals Fellowships

As part of the editorial staff, the Data Visuals team does a little bit of everything — from analyzing data and reporting to designing, building and managing special features like Starstruck and large-scale data apps like the Texas Public Schools Explorer. We’re looking for creative journalists with a penchant for coding to help us build interactive features across the site.

You’ll work directly with our interactive news designers and developers, reporters and editors in the newsroom. Fellows are first-class citizens on our team – in the past, they’ve had the opportunity to not only contribute to high-profile projects but to take the lead on them. For more info, here’s some insight from previous fellows on what they learned.

Ideal candidates know a little bit about HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and/or Python/Django and would like to continue to hone their skills. They are passionate about web standards, willing to discuss and show their code and deeply interested in politics, policy and open government.

The spring position is part time and the summer position is full time.

To apply, send your resume, a cover letter describing your interest in the fellowship and links to previous projects and/or your GitHub account to Annie Daniel, designer/developer, at Please be sure to indicate which fellowship (spring or summer) you’re applying to in your cover letter.

Application deadlines:

  • Spring 2018 fellowship — Oct. 1, 2017
  • Summer 2018 fellowship — Nov. 15, 2017

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Reposting: My 9/11 experience

Fall 2017 staff: I am re-posting an essay I wrote for The Shorthorn’s Fall 2011 staff on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. As you no doubt reflect this week on how the terrorist attack has shaped your life and country, I wanted to share my own thoughts – they remain true today. I hope you’ll take time to read them.
– Beth Francesco

For the Shorthorn staff:

Sept. 10, 2001, ended like many did for me in the weeks before. Sleep eluded me, my brain bubbled with questions that all pointed toward one thing – doubt.

A new school, no friends, and no idea what I was doing at a daily newspaper. I foundered on a new beat, suddenly going from pumped to feeling like a chump in a sea of my colleagues’  experience. Most  Continue reading

Entertainment Weekly seeks intern

Do you stay up late waiting for recaps of Game of Thrones or The 100 or This Is Us to go online? Do you love taking a deep dive into weekend box-office figures? Are you still completely obsessed with Harry Potter? We’re all entertainment geeks here at EW, so we’re looking for recent graduates who are passionate about pop culture and well-versed in at least one of the areas we cover (books, music, movies, TV). Daily responsibilities include writing news posts for the website and some typical entry-level tasks, such as opening mail and monitoring online feedback. A motivated intern will also have the opportunity to write TV recaps, report stories for the magazine, learn our print fact-checking procedures, attend movie screenings, and more.

This isn’t an internship for someone who thinks they might be interested in entertainment journalism; it’s an internship for someone who lives and breathes pop culture. The ideal candidate will have impeccable research, reporting, and writing skills.

WHEN: Fall (September to December 2017); 40 hours/week at $13/hour

WHO: Recent graduates interested in a career in entertainment journalism

HOW TO APPLY: Please send a resume, cover letter, and 3-5 previously published clips to

DEADLINE: September 15, 2017

Star-Telegram seeks fall multimedia intern

Great news: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has reignited its paid internship program for this fall. What does that mean? If you are going to apply, it’s important to do so soon. Here is information on one of the internships being offered:

Job Description / Responsibilities / Qualifications
The Multimedia Intern will join a team of breaking and digital reporters and video producers responsible for canvassing North Texas for the most urgent and interesting stories our busy and growing region has to offer.
This person will write short breaking, entertainment and life news and will curate and create videos for digital platforms. Areas of interest for the Multimedia Intern could include the latest big development in a mayoral race or an update on the name of a local baby giraffe at the local zoo – all in the same day.
Qualifications include:
  • The ability to write quickly, accurately and well;
  • Solid news judgment;
  • Driven, with an instinctive grasp of what will engage a wide audience;
  • A deep grasp of what drives interest on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms;
  • A strong entrepreneurial spirit, good curiosity and high energy;
  • A collaborative style that works comfortably across teams spread throughout the office and company.
  • A familiarity with entry-level video editing platforms is preferred.
This position is 20 hours a week and work time is flexible. The job is based in downtown Fort Worth. Schedule could include weekend hours. This intern will have a mentor and will be paired with other digital team members to learn tools/skills needed.
Application Documents
Resume (Required)
Cover Letter (Required)
Transcript (Optional)
Writing Sample (Optional)
link to video clip(s) (Optional)

Internship in Lewisville, TX

The Lewisville Texan Journal is now accepting intern inquiries! We are looking for writers interested in the workings of a mom-and-pop paper. You will be able to contribute to any and all sections of our Lewisville-focused publication. You will also have a hand in editing and designing our weekly paper. We value versatility.

Details here:

Storytelling contest: March 3 deadline

Team: We received this information and are sharing it for those interested.

Win a trip to the Amazon
rainforest this summer!

We want to know:
What stories are moving the planet forward?

Planet Forward, a project of George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, has launched its 3rd annual storytelling contest to reward college students who are telling dynamic stories about our planet.

To compete, students can submit up to three stories focused on food, water, energy, mobility, urban centers, or biodiversity, and may be shared through any combination of mediums. From video to a blog post, spoken word to infographics, we at Planet Forward want you to share stories by your most creative means possible.

The Storyfest competition will select the top storyteller in five different categories:

  1. The Innovator Award: The Story Featuring the Most Compelling Character (or Characters) — the Innovator
  2. The Right Brain Award: Most Creativity in the Art of Environmental Storytelling
  3. The Left Brain Award: Best Use of Science or Data in Environmental Storytelling
  4. The Visionary Award: Best Story about a Scalable Innovation That Can Change the World Now
  5. The 22nd Century Award: The Best Story about the Most Ambitious Idea That Can Move the Planet Forward

Five grand prize winners will awarded a storytelling expedition to the Brazilian rainforest with Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, the “godfather of biodiversity,” and Planet Forward’s Frank Sesno, former CNN D.C. bureau chief. Submissions will be presented and awarded during the 2017 Planet Forward Summit on April 6-7.

Time is running out, though — all entries must be submitted no later than Friday, March 3! Submit your story today.

From CMA: Illustrating difficult topics

Illustrating hard stories and topics
Patrick Armstrong, Austin Peay State University

Basic news subjects are easy. But, as Patrick Armstrong of Austin Peay State University says, “It’s always fun to illustrate the unknown.” That can include difficult concepts, such as mental health, addiction, death, drug abuse, infighting and budgets. It’s especially difficult on deadline and without access to photographs that directly correlate.

Challenges you may face:

  • not having the whole story or no story at all
  • breaking news
  • tough design rules
  • too many stories booked for a page
  • too many people involved
  • being put in a box
  • no direction for illustration
  • boring or staged art you have to use
  • not knowing how to accomplish your illustration
  • too many ideas
  • no ideas
  • don’t think it’ll be approved
  • not enough time
  • access to stock images [thinkstock]


  • find numbers to pull out
  • find other information to put in inbox
  • find a quote
  • do your own research
  • find a setting or scene to create
  • focus on two or three of your ideas
  • look around for other examples
  • talk your ideas over with someone
  • find a work around to rules
  • try doing what you think works
  • try moving a story off the page, or maybe do an on-page promo
  • present work early to editor
  • try finding a compromise
  • Google/YouTube for Adobe help
  • don’t be afraid to ask questions
  • find keywords or synonyms on topic
  • find free and LEGAL image to use
  • Resources for designers and illustrators:,, Facebook groups

Here are even more tips:

  • Headlines are the most important thing to be consistent with. Don’t mess with established headline styles.
  • Don’t do tiny illustrations as accents. Use your talent for big, bold centerpieces.
  • Think of an image that correlates out of the topic.
  • Use free Photoshop brushes (
  • Break images you do have up: cut them apart, make them something new when you put them back together. You are an artist.