Our talk show The Morning Shift features in-depth interviews and conversations with local and national newsmakers, artists, writers, and innovators with host Jenn White.
As our Production Intern, you will gain hands-on experience with the production of a live daily talk show in a major market. Our producers will help you learn a variety of production skills including screening phone calls for call in segments, script writing, and audio production. You will also pitch ideas for program segments, gather man on the street audio, schedule guests for live on-air appearances, and help gather prep the host. After the show you will prepare content for digital and social media. By the end of the tenure, you will have produced segments for air, help direct a live show and have a solid foundation to start their career in media.
Extra consideration will be given to applicants currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from a journalism or communications program. Potential interns should have had some prior exposure to journalism, either through previous internships or student media. Prior exposure to broadcast journalism is helpful but not required, print majors are welcome. Interest and knowledge of Chicago politics and cultural events are a plus.
Application Deadline is: Friday April 5, 2019
How We Select Interns
Our intern selection process is structured to gauge your writing and news judgement. The first round is us reading through cover letters and resumes. The second round is an interview with our selection committee, where we ask you to give story pitches and feedback about some of our programming . If you are second-round candidate, interviews will either be in person or via Skype if you are out of town.
Don’t Forget Your Cover Letter!
Cover letters help us learn a little bit about you, and what you hope to get out of an internship. It also gives us a sample of your writing style. Your cover letter should tell us why you want to pursue a career in journalism and media. We want to learn about your career goals and what type of skills you want to learn or strengthen in an internship. Want to make your cover letter really stand out? Include links to your portfolio or links to any news writing samples, podcasts, or story packages you may have done.
Applications without a cover letter will not be accepted.
Chicago Public Media is one of the largest, most decorated, aggressively creative, and journalistically ambitious public radio organizations in the nation. We are home to WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR news station, celebrating our 75th year anniversary broadcasting at 91.5 FM, and Vocalo Radio, Chicago’s Urban Alternative music station at 91.1 FM. We are the birthplace of such celebrated programs as This American Life, Wait,Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, Sound Opinions, Curious City and most recently, a growing portfolio of podcasts that include Serial, the “Making” series, including Making Obama and Making Oprah, and The Trouble with Shannon Cason. WBEZ’s award-winning newsroom is growing in order to tackle the stories that matter most to our community. As an essential source of news and context, we are a powerful connector among lines of difference.