Tips on Writing Cover Letters

From Herbert Lowe at Marquette University.

I have read enough cover letters from students to know that most struggle writing them. Not all of my students seek careers in newsrooms. But almost all of them will soon need to apply for an internship, scholarship or their first job after graduation. That’s why I spend time on cover letters in my Digital Journalism I class each semester. Besides, it’s a great way to see how well they have learned AP style and to check their grammar, spelling and punctuation.

See more here.

Add comment Posted in  Tips April 25, 2015

Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Scholarships

Focus on Disability Scholarship
Presented by AWMF and Loreen Arbus Foundation
One $2,500 scholarship
Submit a creative writing piece of 750 to 1,000 words, reflecting upon the accomplishments that have taken place since ADA passed in 1990 and the differences it has made in the lives of people with disabilities.
Deadline to apply: May 1, 2015
Details and Application:

Empowering America Scholarship
Presented by AWMF and Ford Motor Company Fund
One $3,000 Scholarship
Submit a creative and thought-provoking script for a two to three minute video celebrating the many inspiring women from the Empowering America booklet. Fall 2015
Deadline: TBD
Details and Application:

AWMF and NCTA Scholarship
Two $3,500 scholarships
Fall 2015
Deadline and award details TBD
Details and Application:

Emerging Voices Scholarship
Presented by AWMF and Ford Motor Company Fund
Three $2,000 scholarships
The winning students will provide journalistic content for AWM’s website based on pre-approved topics or prompts.
Deadline to apply: May 8, 2015
Details and Application:

Add comment Posted in  Scholarships April 24, 2015

General Assignment Reporter Wanted

The Brownstown Banner, Brownstown Ind., has an immediate opening for a general assignment reporter. The Banner, a 146-year-old publication, is a twice weekly. Concentration is on Jackson county, Ind. We are located in a marvelous area of Indiana and need the skills of a Bowling Green grad.

Gary Joseph Wilson
Editor, The Jackson County Banner
Office Phone: 812-358-2111
Office Fax: 812-358-5606

Add comment Posted in  Jobs ,Paid April 20, 2015

Public Relations Internship – Washington Wild Things and PA Rebellion (Washington, PA)

Interns in the Public Relations and Marketing Department will receive a well-rounded experience. You will gain valuable knowledge in the media relations department of two professional sports teams and be required to perform all aspects of the job including but not limited to game notes, press releases, media guides and game-day preparation. This internship requires strong communication skills along with attention to detail are essential. All interns assist full-time staff members in a large number of tasks and help the department work as a team to reach organizational goals.

Responsibilities of the Public Relations and Marketing intern include, but are not limited to:

  • Write game recaps and upload them to both websites for home and away games.
  • Gather game statistics, compiling stat packs, gathering lineups and distributing game-day information to media members in the press box.
  • Assist in writing daily game notes and collect information for club publications, including media guide and program.
  • Work with Public Relations and Social Media manager to help design the media guide and all other publications, including newsletters and social media graphics.
  • Write feature stories for publications and provide creative ideas and vision for editorial concepts.
  • Pull newspaper clips each day and deliver to Public Relations and Social Media Manager.
  • Work with Social Media manager to update all aspects of teams’ social media accounts in compliance with the 2015 social media campaign.
  • Help generate revenue for the ball club through group sales and individual ticket orders
  • Other duties as assigned

More information, including how to apply, can be found here.

Add comment Posted in  Internships April 16, 2015

Paid Internship at Fostoria Review Times

The Review Times will be hiring a paid intern this summer to work in its newsroom as a staff writer.

This is a great opportunity for a student to get hands-on experience working in the newsroom of a small, daily newspaper. Job duties will include writing everything from birth announcements to obituaries and everything in between.

With guidance, the intern will write original stories as well as rewrite press releases and take photographs of community happenings.

This summer internship is approximately 25-30 hours per week and pays $8 per hour.

If you have any students interested in this opportunity, please have them send their resume and two writing samples to

Add comment Posted in  Internships ,Paid April 15, 2015 Internship

The nonprofit is looking for an intern.  They need help with their website, social media, newsletter, etc. Their website is It is a worthy cause. Their mission statement reads:  “To provide humanitarian and development assistance to areas in Vietnam; to provide communication, education and cultural exchanges that reflects the best qualities of both cultures. To create an environment brightened by hope and sustained by peace.” 


Add comment Posted in  Internships April 7, 2015

Olympic sports journalism experience

Infostrada delivers a range of official event news services to major sports events like the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, world championships etc. Part of our services include official athlete biographies, which are provided to accredited media via the Games-time INFO system in the aim of improving overall press coverage of the event. Since 2002 our bios have been delivered to multiple summer and winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, Rugby World Cups, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Youth Olympic Games, Asian Beach Games, and many more events. Our bios are also published all year round on numerous international sporting federation websites like FINA, IPC, FEI, ISU, FIE, ISU.

Basically we engage journalism students as volunteers to help us research and compile thousands of these detailed biographies every year, testing their research and writing skills. Students research and compile the bios from their own computers/homes, and can join at any time of the year either independently on their own time or through the university as part of a formal internship.

The main incentive for joining the Bio Research Project is the chance for students to be invited to work at major events with Infostrada as reporters, flash quoters, sub-editors and more. Infostrada delivers event news sevrices to a range of clients all year round, and supplementing the staff we always include a few of the brightest and best young students from our bio research project. It gives them a chance to experience working at a major sports event, performing the same work as seasoned media professionals, and in most cases they progress to paid work for us at subsequent events.

For the past 13-14 years we have primarily targeted universities in Australia and the UK, and in that time we have brought literally hundreds of students to work at dozens of major events, in both paid and volunteer roles. Most recently we engaged well over 50 students in the UK to work as part of the official Games News Service of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

In 2015 we are approaching US universities for the first time, ahead of our 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games projects, for which we will compile somewhere in the region of 25,000 detailed biographies over the next 12-15 months. For both the Olympics and Paralympics we will have event teams on-site in Rio, including a number of the best students chosen from the Bio Research Project.

We do understand that high costs of US university tuition means your students will likely be less inclined to engage in volunteer work compared to their Australian and UK counterparts. The bio research project is a critical part of our investment in young reporters who can eventually become key long-term members of our event operations, so we hope that a few may be interested despite its volunteer nature.

One of our current permanent paid bio team and event staff members, Alex Monnig, is a University of Missouri graduate who first joined as a volunteer bio researcher in 2010 while studying in Australia. Due to his excellent bio research skills, he was offered paid roles with Infostrada at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, and he was head reporter at the Rotorua venue for the official Rugby News Service at 2011 Rugby World Cup. He has been a permanent paid bio researcher ever since, and most recently Alex was the senior specialist reporter for the cycling venue at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where he supervised his own group of young student reporters. All of these events are a direct result of Alex joining the bio research project, and we have lots more students just like him.

We have a website dedicated to the bio project here which explains in detail and includes testimonials from dozens of current and former student researchers.

Add comment Posted in  Study and Learn ,Volunteer April 3, 2015

Marvel DMG editorial intern wanted

The Marvel DMG Editorial Intern will work closely with the team that creates content for Marvel’s digital platforms to assist in the writing and production of a wide spectrum of web-based content, including podcasts, news articles, editorial features, listicles, social media pieces, pictorials, and more. More info here.

Add comment Posted in  Internships April 1, 2015

Toledo Business Journal seeks summer/fall interns

The Toledo Business Journal is setting up interviews to find a summer and a fall intern to help produce our newspaper. This position involves copyediting press releases, retouching photos in photoshop, transcribing interviews from a recording to a document, and a few other newspaper related tasks. Much of the work can be handled electronically, but the intern will be expected to come into our office, located at 5301 Southwyck Blvd, for at least a few hours each week.

Interested students should send a resume and writing samples to and indicate whether they are interested in the summer or the fall (or both). Interviews will be scheduled based on student availability. We can accommodate any schedule as long as the student is available two days a week during business hours and has above average writing ability.

Chris Selmek, staff editor
Toledo Business Journal

Add comment Posted in  Internships March 30, 2015

Post-Graduate Washington, D.C., Multimedia Fellowship

April 1 is the deadline to apply for the Scripps Howard Foundation post-graduate, multimedia fellowship. The yearlong fellowship is based at the Semester in Washington program. The fellow manages our website, teaches undergraduate interns to use our video and DSLR cameras and editing software. The fellow also produces his or her own multimedia stories.

Applicants must have either a bachelor’s or a master’s degree. They must also have high-level skills in website management, html, CMS and CSS, along with excellent journalism skills.

There is a stipend of $23,136 and free housing in a furnished apartment. We pay the utilities, cable and wifi.

The fellowship begins in September and goes through August 2016.

The application form is here:

Add comment Posted in  Internships ,Jobs ,Paid ,Study and Learn March 23, 2015

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