Intern(s) to work with our Travel Media news team
Come learn about all phases of editorial production from concept to assignment to editing and posting the finished product to an Experience site. There’s a good deal of hands-on work. Among the tasks: using the USA TODAY content management system to load photos, videos and articles and to associate POIs (points of interest—attractions/items) to articles. The position also involves contacting publicists to obtain information and to check facts. There are limited opportunities for writing, too! Travel team interns have researched, compiled and written entries describing more than 100 food festivals in the U.S. and around the world. We could use a clever, engaged person. If you are interested, apply now!
Reporter/Videographer, D.C. Bureau
This D.C. bureau intern will be trained to operate the D.C. camera, which is used for remote interviews with Gannett TV stations and others. This would greatly assist us with the push to provide more video content for USA TODAY and also expand our profile with Gannett TV and cable TV outlets. Duties will include:
• Research and create graphics to go with stories. This is also an increasingly high priority for USA TODAY.
• Work on surveillance and posts as appropriate for our blogs, including Military Intelligence, On Politics and The Oval.
• Occasionally be sent out as a reporter, especially when news is breaking.
• Assist with video editing for Capital Download, our Web-TV program.
• Pulling photos on Merlin.
• The intern also could go to the shooting of Capital Download, if interested, to get some experience in field production.
Intern(s) to work with our Consumer Solution Center
This intern will review all of our customer service features and online account management and provide feedback and suggest ideas for improving the customer experience to the VP of Customer Service. He/she also will have the opportunity to review calls from subscribers to provide feedback on subscriber reaction to stories and editorial content while assessing customer satisfaction and call performance. He/she will also provide analysis on reasons subscribers are discontinuing subscriptions and suggest changes that can be made to retain long term subscribers. This position is located in Louisville, KY.
Technology intern(s) for San Francisco bureau
We’re looking for highly motivated, self-starter interns for our San Francisco Bureau who are interested in breaking-news tech coverage. You can expect to work closely with a small team of reporters and editors who will provide mentoring and a real-world journalism experience. The tech intern will file daily and/or longer-term stories for digital and print platforms, so reporting and online production experience in a newsroom setting, by way of a previous internships or campus/community work, is preferred.
Intern for New York bureau
This intern reports to the entire bureau, not one particular section. That provides a well-rounded experience because the intern gets to work with reporters and editors from MONEY, NEWS and LIFE and occasionally SPORTS. Stories include personal finance, entertainment, politics and breaking news. We look for self-starters who are flexible and can alternate between research, reporting and sometimes writing. We don’t guarantee that interns receive a byline, but they often do. We seek a minimum of 20 work hours per week, but we’re flexible with class schedules.
Intern(s) to work with our correspondents team
This intern suggests ideas, pitches them to the correspondents assignment editor and, if approved, produces his/her own bylined stories. He/she also nationalizes stories from other Gannett newspapers. Occasionally interns are asked to broaden stories that other Gannett papers have produced to make them “Across the USA” pieces. They receive a credit line at the end of the story. They also provide feeds for staff writer stories. And, at times, they are asked to do some research to help with staff stories and receive a credit line.
Intern(s) for USA TODAY Education
The USA TODAY Education team is looking for a highly motivated, self-starter who is interested in gaining real-world, professional experience while expanding research, writing and editing skills in the context of American education. This intern will report to the Curriculum Manager and be involved in the curriculum development process to create educational resources that integrate the newspaper in literacy instruction.
Intern(s) for newspaper entertainment team
The entertainment intern has reported and written trend stories, done celebrity interviews, written text for timelines and online interactive features, such as “meet the Emmy nominees.” Someone with a keen interest in celebrity news would be ideal.
Intern(s) for health and behavior team
Our health & behavior interns have been writing a mix of feature packages and news stories in areas of health, science and education. They’ve been pretty successful in getting bylined stories, but they also help other reporters, as needed, with special research needs.
Intern(s) for online Sports team (SPORTS MEDIA GROUP)
Our online sports interns will get a heavy dose of online production tasks in a deadline environment. They will exercise news judgment in selecting wire stories for publication; edit them, write headlines, select and crop appropriate photos, write cutlines and add other complementary content to stories. They will build photo galleries and manage sport subfronts. They will also publish staff stories online that appear in print. All shifts are at night, typically 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Intern(s) for USA TODAY College
Internships are available for the fall, spring and summer. Interns will edit content that appears on usatodaycollege.com, promote said content/initiatives through social media platforms, write articles for usatodaycollege.com and affiliates, collect content for and create a weekly newsletter, research potential advertising/content partners, maintain a network of campus newspapers and contact information, research and analyze the collegiate-focused competitive set and correspond with current and potential student writers. A strong interest in social media, journalism and a mind for new ideas are a plus. Liking Cherry Coke Zero is a plus, too.
Intern(s) for our rewrite desk
One intern performs rewrite duties, such as research and writing news briefs. Another intern works with our online news platform performing a variety of production and research tasks.
Intern for Editorial Board
Performs research, fact-checking and editing duties for letters, Forum and editorial debate platforms. Job involves working with readers and opportunites to meet high-profile editorial board guests.
Intern for retail beat
Helps report and write feeds for retail business news and trend stories. Interns are listed either as contributors or co-authors and often can write their own bylines.
Intern for Money online editing
If you want to learn how one of the nation’s top news websites is produced, this is the place. Our interns are part of the online Money staff and do everything that we do: work with USA TODAY reporters and editors, select and post stories for publication, edit and combine wires, edit USA TODAY stories, write headlines, select photos, create photo galleries and charts to accompany stories, and search the Internet for primary materials to complement a story. This is not a reporting internship, although interns may pick up some writing assignments. This is an intensive online editing experience. Because we are a small section (four people), the interns get close supervision and fill a crucial role when one of the staff is off or out of the office.Required: At least two years’ experience on student publications. Comfortable with computerized editing and photo processing. Some familiarity with HTML is a plus.
Intern for copy desk (across news topics)
Duties include editing copy for content, style and libel; writing headlines and cutlines; editing graphics and reading proofs between deadlines. Editing for print and digital platforms.
Informational graphics artists
To illustrate information graphics in print and online. Draw or otherwise illustrate information. Discuss upcoming stories with graphics editors, assignment editors, reporters. Be prepared to learn new technologies, such as Flash for the internet. Special projects as assigned. Prefer a rising senior majoring in illustration, journalism or related field; experience in various media is preferred to include proficiency with Macintosh personal computers and related programs. Knowledge of the AP stylebook and USA TODAY stylebook is a plus. Must have Macintosh experience in the following software programs: Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Freehand and/or Adobe Illustrator; a plus is experience with Flash!, Dreamweaver, Quark Xpress, CCI Layout Champ, Poser, Painter, Maya, Infini Dl or Lightwave. The successful applicant must be able to solve problems of a visual nature … to SHOW how something happened (an airplane crash, for example) … must be able to analyze various sources of information and collate the pertinent parts into a coherent whole that tells the story. Must be able to communicate — through drawing, illustration or other means — often complex ideas in an understandable manner to a wide audience. Must be able to work effectively with staffers in a variety of departments in a variety of positions. Knowledge of and interest in current events. Familiar with newspapers and newspaper websites.
Candidates will work under the supervision of a senior photo editor to make assignments to both staff and freelance photographers. They will edit photographs, write captions, learn the Merlin system and collaborate with page layout editors and assignment editors. The photo-editing intern will serve the readers of USA TODAY by delivering news and enterprise through compelling photographs on all platforms with speed, accuracy, fairness and innovation. Duties and responsibilities may vary somewhat depending on departmental (News, Money, Sports, Life, Travel, etc.) needs. The role of a photo editor intern has five major components: content, production, clerical, convergence and professional development. Shows initiative in handling photographs to improve USA TODAY and make it superior to the competition. Maintains professional working relationship with co-workers and peers in USA TODAY newsrooms. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Works with online colleagues to provide information for use in stories, graphics and forms of visual story telling.
The graphics reporter interns will be advocates and facilitators for informational graphics on all platforms. This position will originate some graphics, will work with graphics liaisons in the various news departments to suggest graphics, will research graphics for correct facts, sometimes will visit sites of events in order to research/report/write graphics. Also: They will write the text including headlines, subheads, etc., for graphics and verify their accuracy. The successful intern must be able to solve problems of a visual nature…to SHOW how something happened (an airplane crash, for example)…must be able to analyze various sources of information and collate the pertinent parts into a coherent whole that tells the story. Must be able to communicate often complex ideas in an understandable manner to a wide audience. Must be able to work effectively with staffers in a variety of departments in a variety of positions.
produce original multimedia packages that enhance and broaden content on USATODAY.com and its various platforms; help guide a team of designers in developing online and print story presentations; responsible for producing photo galleries; continually develop story-telling techniques using a variety of media. A web producer is responsible for each phase of package development, taking a hands-on role in creating content. Must demonstrate strong knowledge of multimedia production and research future technologies to stay abreast of industry developments. A web producer is responsible for taking the initiative in identifying content that merits special packaging and for developing presentation ideas that have a multimedia focus. Packaging may be off of newspaper stories and projects, as well as independent ideas, breaking news and special events. A web producer is then responsible for (1) creating the content in these packages; (2) specializing in at least one multimedia format (photo, audio, video or graphic); and (3) bringing other packaging elements together in a comprehensive, easy-to-navigate manner. Reporting and researching graphics, sidebars and interactive elements are essential responsibilities of the job, as is building photo galleries as part of a package, off breaking news or as stand-alone pieces. In some cases, web producers are responsible for producing audio and video pieces as assigned. Special training in these areas will be provided as necessary. Producers will also work as part of various editorial teams that come together to cover special events. Must be a self-starter who can work independently when necessary. Requires analytical thinking and highly developed news judgment. Excellent skills in use of computers and online services, including current technologies used to produce multimedia. Needs a working knowledge of internet development tools such as Macromedia Flash, Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, Word and a variety of Web browsers. Experience with audio-video editing and animation programs is helpful.
Demonstrate the ability to create video and audio content with digital technologies, working with a cross-platform editorial staff in publishing dynamic content. Demonstrate strong knowledge of digital media conversion and compression for web-based output. Research future technologies pertaining to interactivity and multimedia, finding alternatives to limited technology and seeking new and better ways to provide readers with information they seek in a manner that makes USA TODAY the choice for those seeking breaking news information and engaging enterprise stories. Requires excellent PC and Macintosh skills. Candidate must be well versed in programming languages (HTML, SMIL) and have strong working knowledge of Internet development tools. Must have experience with audio-video editing and animation programs.
Demonstrate the ability to create high quality video and audio content with digital technologies, working with editorial staff in publishing dynamic content. These individuals are complete video storytellers who are able to work with natural sound or voice over and join the narrative to beautiful, steady, sequenced photography with inspired editing. Demonstrate strong knowledge of digital media conversion and compression for web-based output. Requires excellent PC and Macintosh skills. Candidate must be well versed in Final Cut Pro and video compression with Sorenson. Expertise in web video delivery, including live streaming, is a plus.
Demonstrate the experience and proven ability to create high quality video content with non-linear editing systems. Must be team players with the ability to work with a editorial staff to publish dynamic content to a world-class website. Demonstrate strong knowledge of digital media conversion and compression for web-based output. Demonstrate a complete knowledge of online video publishing, streaming and web delivery. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Requires excellent PC and Macintosh skills. Must demonstrate expertise with audio-video editing and video compression programs including Final Cut Pro, AVID and Sorenson. Technical expertise in internet video delivery including live streaming, FTP and Digital Asset Management.
Demonstrate the ability to make dynamic, interesting and newsworthy images. We’re looking for storytellers who are able to work side-by-side with reporters or on their own to gather images for all sections of USA TODAY. Demonstrate strong knowledge of digital photography, Photoshop and Soundslides software. Requires excellent PC and Macintosh skills. The ability to gather natural sound, do voiceovers and create multimedia slide shows is a plus.
Intern for mobile
Are you lost without your cellphone? Is your day wired from start to finish? Are you an information addict and a news junkie? We’re looking for someone who is interested in social media and the growing impact of mobile products for media organizations. Person must be familiar with and use social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, LinkedIn, etc) both to consume and share information, understand and closely follow social trends, understand the mobile environment (tablets, apps, phones) and the role it plays in delivering news and be familiar with metrics and analytics. If your phone is your main source of information, news or otherwise, we want you.
Intern for rich media
Candidate must have an appreciation for internet based data analysis. Any prior experience with analysis of rich media assets (photos, videos, interactives) is a plus. The selected candidate will excel in multi-tasking, be a quick-learner, exhibit diligent follow-through, and be comfortable in a fast-paced environment. Specific job requirements are:Ability to assign descriptive tags or keywords to rich media assets so that those assets are searchable; familiarity with basic XML schema; expertise in office productivity tools, such as Excel, Access, Word and Project.
Work with and learn from USA TODAY’s award-winning Investigative team and the Database Editing team. Build skills in computer-assisted reporting and database analysis as the team reports stories or projects and digs into data or government documents that can be used to develop a variety of interactive graphics for the web and mobile products. Master the use of FOIAs and other document-based reporting tools. Report and write stories of national interest at the cutting edge of journalism. Experience/skills required: Working knowledge of Excel and general web publishing tools. Experience with databases or a programming language are a plus.