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Global News General Assignment Internship 2021 - London

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Date: Feb 12, 2021

Location: London, CMD, GB, NW1 7DZ

Company: Associated Press

The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Its video business has bureaus in more than 80 countries, and distributes global news, sport, entertainment, technology and lifestyles content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. Founded in 1846, AP today is the most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world's population sees news from AP.

 

The AP is pleased to offer a paid 12-week general assignment journalism internship based in London, England as part of its 2021 Global Internship Program.

 

PLEASE NOTE: 

 

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions to international travel, this internship is only available to UK residents.

 

Eligible candidates are advised that they may be required to undertake some or all of this internship remotely (to be determined in line with changing government guidelines and workplace restrictions). The successful candidate will, however, will be required to carry out field assignments in the London area. It is therefore strongly advisable that candidates live in/near the Greater London region as it is possible that cross-country travel and accommodation restrictions may remain in place at the time of your internship.

 

The start date of this internship is flexible dependent upon the availability of the successful candidate, however you must be available to complete the full program in one continuous 12-week block.

 

 

ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP

 

Interns will receive training and experience in text and in at least one other visual format (video, photos or interactive/graphics).

 

Successful candidates will be strong storytellers who can demonstrate solid news judgment and the ability to suggest story ideas and angles and incorporate them in text, video and/or still images.  Interns should be comfortable interacting with a diverse group of co-workers and interview subjects.

 

Interns will be expected to keep up to date with news in the city or region and its relevance to national and international affairs.

 

Interns will contribute to the text report - reporting and writing their own stories. Reporting responsibilities will include conducting interviews, monitoring and using social media to find stories and to promote AP’s content, tracking down user-generated content and covering breaking news stories, either by phone or going to the scene.  Assignments may cover general news, sports, business or entertainment. Editors will train interns on such areas as interview techniques, sourcing, databases and AP style.

 

Interns will assist in the production of video stories, including non-linear editing and writing story summaries and scripts.   They will assist in setting up news and feature stories and join location shoots, or do their own shooting’, depending on skills and experience.   Interns also may assist with content management and translations.

 

Depending on background and skills, interns may accompany staff photographers on assignments, assist with arrangements in the field, or shoot photos themselves.  Staff photographers and editors will supervise interns on visual storytelling techniques and provide training in the use of photo editing software – Photoshop and Photomechanic – as well as transmission.

 

Interns who have a background in interactive/graphics may assist in creating multimedia stories told through elements such as graphics, data visualizations, 3D animations, photos and videos. Interns should be familiar with HTML and web standards.

 

Training in all formats will include journalism ethics.  Interns must become familiar with - and abide by - the AP’s statement of values and principles governing ethics.

 

 

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA

 

To qualify, applicants must be one of the following:

 

    • current full-time graduate or undergraduate student at a UK university or other higher education establishment;
    • recent graduate who received their degree on or after 1st January 2020.

 

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

 

    • proficiency speaking and writing in the English language;
    • relevant experience and training in text, as well as a secondary visual format such as video, photos or interactive/graphics;
    • sound general knowledge of national and international affairs;
    • strong writing skills and the ability to recognize grammatical and factual errors;
    • knowledge of online and social media news venues;
    • high levels of organization and attention to detail;
    • the ability to multi-task and manage projects as assigned;
    • strong initiative and the ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment;
    • knowledge of AP Style.

 

 

A prior journalism internship or experience in media would be advantageous but is not essential.

 

 

SUBMISSION MATERIALS

 

    • CV and covering letter (please include your projected graduation date);
    • Four to five examples of your best print/text work (links to an online site of your work are highly preferred);
    • Two to three examples of your best visual work - video, photos, multimedia, interactive, etc. (links to an online site of your work are highly preferred);
    • A reference letter from a prior internship, media-related employer or academic tutor.

All applicants must be able to show proof of legal authorization to work in the UK.

 

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  MONDAY 15th MARCH 2021


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