Position Description

Radio Talk Show Internship
Location Chicago, Navy Pier
Job Code 372
# of Openings 2
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WBEZ is looking for aspiring early career journalists to join our 2020 Winter/Spring Internship Cohort to be a part of our mission to bring substantive news and insights, thoughtful conversation and meaningful connections to our audiences in the Chicago area and beyond. 

About the Internship
As a production intern for our new show Reset, with Jenn White, 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 listener calls during call-in segments, script writing, and audio production. You will also pitch ideas for the show, gather man on the street audio, schedule guests for live on-air appearances, and help gather prep materials for the host. After the show you will prepare content for digital and social media. By the end of your internship, you will have produced segments for air, help direct a live show and have a solid foundation to start their career in broadcast media.

Application Deadline is: Friday November 1, 2019
To apply you need:

  • To have majored in journalism, media, or communications or equivalent experience 
  • At least one previous journalism/media internship or experience in student media 
  • A cover letter (see below)
  • Excitement for learning about audio as a journalism medium or public media in general
  • Open to doing rewarding work with a sometimes steep learning curve
  • Huge plus if you have samples that show off your journalism experience to date

Internship Details:

  • The internship will start January 6 and last through June 26, 2020
  • This is a paid internship, $13.00 an hour
  • Internship hours are part-time, 24 hours a week during daytime hours. Due to scheduling requirements of our internships, we do not recommend students with full course loads apply. However, we can have a conversation if you can demonstrate the ability to manage your time.

How We Select Interns
Our intern selection process is structured to gauge your writing and news judgment. 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 video chat 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.

About Us
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 South Side Stories a partnership with Comedy Central. 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.


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