The Dow Jones News Fund will add American University and the University of Maryland to its list of partners hosting pre-internship training programs in 2024, with new residencies in business reporting and data journalism.
Media organizations are invited to sign up by Friday, Dec. 1, to request summer interns through the News Fund internship program. Newsrooms can select which training they want their interns to participate in. The options, in addition to business reporting and data journalism, are digital media, multiplatform editing and audience engagement.
The University of Maryland will host an eight-day training on data-driven reporting, as part of the News Fund’s data journalism program. Led by veteran journalist Rob Wells, interns will learn to use data to find stories, create data visualizations and produce a list of detailed story proposals so they can get to work immediately at their internships.
American University will host a business reporting track in Washington, D.C., aimed at the intersection of business and government regulations, covering topics like the workplace, technology, small business and student loans. The program will be led by Paul Albergo, former Bloomberg Industry Group executive editor.
After a successful pilot this summer, our audience engagement training will return to Temple University under the leadership of Sarah Landwehr, director of internships at Klein College, and Victoria St. Martin, a reporter at Inside Climate News. Interns will learn the art of social media and audience development, including analytics and SEO best practices.
In addition to new residency sites, DJNF will welcome several new residency directors.
Our business reporting program in New York City will return, under the leadership of Sara Silver, a professor of business journalism at Quinnipiac University. Interns will learn how to cover the major economic forces in America while refining their writing, pitching and interviewing skills.
The digital media program returns to Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, under the leadership of Shelby Slade, an editor at The Arizona Republic, and Mike Wong, retired director of alumni services. Digital media interns learn a variety of skills, including video production, photography, podcasting, social media management and more.
Dow Jones News Fund alumna Emily Quigley will lead the News Fund’s editing program at the University of Texas, Austin. Quigley is a lecturer in the School of Journalism and Media and associate director of the Moody Writing Support Program. In addition to learning editing skills, interns hone their visual design, headline writing and SEO skills and strengthen their news judgment.
Investigative Reporters and Editors will again host a data journalism program at the University of Missouri, led by David Herzog, IRE data and research services director, and Liz Lucas, senior training director. Interns will learn how to obtain and analyze data and to incorporate data into stories and graphics.
2024 will mark 10 years of DJNF’s partnership with American City Business Journals, and the business reporter training for that program’s interns will return to New York under the leadership of Garry Howard, director of corporate initiatives at ACBJ and a DJNF board member, with assistance from Silver.
Newsrooms interested in hiring DJNF interns are asked to sign up by Friday, Dec. 1. Intern selection is set to begin Dec. 4. Participating organizations commit to pay interns a weekly salary of at least $525 for a minimum of 10 weeks and to pay a $1,200 fee per intern to offset the News Fund’s training costs. Discounted fees are available for qualifying nonprofit entities.