Journalism internships on the First Coast
The following is information the Journalism Club collected in 2001
with help from Hallie Leverich. This is not a comprehensive listing by any means.
There are other notable news organizations on the First Coast that might offer
internships. If an organization is not listed, contact the organization for
Organization: WJXT TV-4
Duties / job description for production interns: The production department provides behind-the-scenes resources for live and taped productions. Interns will participate in studio and control room projects. These include operating studio cameras, studio lighting, floor direction and some control room duties.
Contact: Nancy Tillman, production manager, (904) 399-4000.
(For internship information for other Jacksonville TV stations, contact the stations)
Organization: WFXJ 930 AM Sports Radio Address/phone: 8386 Baymeadows Road, Suite 107, Jacksonville, FL 32256, (904) 636-7990 Time commitment: Part time. Semester: Internships offered year-round Compensation: None Preferred qualifications: Internship must be for academic credit. Application requirements: Interview, letter of recommendation, resume. Additional requirements: Must be over age of 18. Contact: Michael Beavers, programs director, email@example.com Number of interns: 10-20 people apply annually; station has had about 10-19 previous interns. Deadlines: For Spring, Nov. 1; for Fall, July 1; for summer, April 1 Note: You also might want to inquire about other opportunities with other stations owned by the same company, ClearChannel.
(For internship information for other Jacksonville radio stations, contact the stations themselves)
PRINT -- newspapers & magazines
The Florida Times-Union: The large Jacksonville newspaper offers a wide variety of internships year-round, including community news internships for UNF students. Community news internships involve writing for zoned community news sections -- River City News, River Bend Review, County Line. Other internships: Non-paid internships in Metro, Business, Lifestyle, etc. Paid summer internships in Metro, Business, etc.(very competitive). Requirements, qualifications and details vary for different internships. Free-lancing is also a possibility for students. Numerous UNF students have had successful internships at the T-U. Contact newsroom office manager Jody Smith at (904) 359-4573 or firstname.lastname@example.org to be pointed in the right direction. The main number for the Times-Union is 359-4111, and all Times-Union employees' e-mail addresses consist of the first initial and the last name followed by @jacksonville.com. The paper's Web site is jacksonville.com.
The Ponte Vedra Recorder: This weekly newspaper is operated out of a Ponte Vedra Beach office. Interns write stories for the newspaper every week. Internships are non-paid and can be done for credit at UNF. UNF students have had successful internships there. Free-lancing is another possibility. Contact Grace Hayes, the editor, at 285-8831 or ghayes@Add-Inc.com.
The Beaches Leader and Ponte Vedra Leader: A Jacksonville Beach office publishes this bi-weekly paper, which has two zoned sections, one for Ponte Vedra and one for the rest of the Beaches. Internship opportunities occur occasionally and pay moderately. UNF students have had successful internships there. Internships can be done for academic credit at UNF. Free-lancing is another possibility. Contact Kathleen Bailey, the editor, at email@example.com.
Florida Star Newspaper: 5196-C Norwood Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32208; (904) 766-8834; www.thefloridastar.com. No internships, but free-lance opportunities; paper is about 30 percent free-lance-written. Call to ask what stories would interest them. Contact: Erica Simpson, Editor.
Other publications in the area that might be able to offer you an internship, or a free-lance opportunity (hint: check out copies of the publications or the Web sites, then contact the appropriate editor):
Weekly / bi-weekly publications
These are just some of the publications in the area. There are many more newspapers
and magazines on the First Coast; you just have to look for them on news stands and
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