American Public Media
  • MPR News, Newsroom - 17HB
  • St Paul, MN, USA
  • $12.50
  • Hourly
  • Intern - Full Time

MPR News has long been recognized as one of the foremost journalistic organizations in the Upper Midwest, reaching news consumers across all platforms. Reaching more than 500,000 listeners each week, the MPR News radio signal can be heard by 95 percent of Minnesotans. With news bureaus across the state, MPR News has partnerships with one of the largest TV stations in the region, KARE 11, and more than 30 newspapers. MPR News has received numerous awards for its reporting and most recently received a George Foster Peabody Award, Alfred I. DuPont Award and RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award for its investigative reporting.

Position Summary:

We are seeking an intern looking for a unique cross-platform digital experience. You'll need excellent photojournalism and video skills to create compelling, unique content for, which has won numerous awards for its visual storytelling. Our past photojournalism interns are working at the LA Times, the Houston Chronicle, the Seattle Times -- and MPR News. The intern will shoot and edit daily and project-based stories, working both independently and with radio reporters. 

Application deadline: March 26, 2018

This is a full time, paid summer internship opportunity June - Aug.  $12.50 per hour. Exact start and end date to be determined based on school schedule and availability.

Position Responsibility:

  • Plan and produce daily and/or weekly photo and video stories on deadline using programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro.
  • Work with reporters and producers to produce and edit regular radio show-related video and photographic features.
  • Produce social media features, including Facebook Live.
  • Work on range of assignments including spot news, portraits, features and explanatory stories.
  • Generate assignment and project ideas.
  • Coordinate with news staff to gather information for website. Some written material may be required. Caption writing skills needed.
  • Process photos for news stories including cropping, resizing, color adjusting, etc.
  • Follow established workflow and production routines.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Required Education and Experience: 

  • College student, graduate student or recent graduate (within one year) in journalism, photojournalism or a liberal arts degree program. 

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities: 

  • Demonstrated photojournalism both still and video -- skills. Require portfolio, clips or links to examples of your work.
  • Video editing skills.
  • Ability to plan and produce photo and video stories on deadline.
  • Competence in Photoshop and video editing software such as Premiere Pro.
  • Ability to write strong, accurate photo and video captions and descriptions.
  • Reliable news judgment.
  • Creative thinker, with ability to generate story ideas. 

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Abilities: 

  • Prior journalism experience in student media or other internships.
  • Understanding of social media tools.
  • Comfort with web publishing systems.
  • Knowledge of After Effects a bonus. 

Reporting To This Position:     None 

Physical Demands and Working Conditions: 

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Flexible work schedule; primarily day shifts, with some additional evening and weekend availability required.
  • Must have a personal vehicle available for use.  Mileage reimbursement will be provided.
  • Must have a valid, current driver's license.
  • Must have a clean driving record with no DWIs or excessive amount of traffic violations or accidents.
  • Physical Demands: 
    • Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time.
    • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping.
  • Working Conditions: 
    • Moderate to high noise level.
    • Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions.

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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