The California Report: Internship
Effective Date: Ongoing
"The California Report" is a statewide news service. We have both a daily morning program and a Friday afternoon half-hour program that go out to more than 30 public radio stations around California. "The California Report" covers issues, trends, and public policy decisions affecting the state and the diverse population in it. "The California Report" interns will train with producers, hosts and reporters in research, reporting, sound gathering and writing. "The California Report" accepts 2 interns a term. The Spring term is from January through May, the Summer term is from June through Mid-September, and the Fall term is from Mid-October through Mid-January. Interns must be willing to commit to two 8-hour periods a week (no weekends) for four months.
- We will show you what good radio production means and what you will learn.
- Good interview techniques, and fundamental editorial skills and judgment.
- How to write well for radio.
- How to pick good sound - voice actualities and ambiance - and what goes in a good mixed piece.
- How to use computers, recording equipment, and other relevant software.
- Voicing techniques (you may possibly even bring your own piece to air, under the right circumstances).
- Accompanies producers on field interviews, records sound and provides producers with useable clips.
- Identifies interview subjects, conducts pre-interviews, and books guests.
- Assists the host, producers and editors with production needs as assigned.
- Participates in story research and development, initiating discussions with "The California Report" staff on story ideas you bring to the table or have an interest in.
- Follows current California affairs, events, and trends through news outlets, and personal and web research.
- Contributes ideas for host interviews, features and spot news based on your research.
- Possesses some experience and an existing aptitude for communicating well with words.
- Be able to use practical judgment in a busy newsroom to help bring a show to air and do it well.
- Asks questions and learns from mistakes.
- Must be able to write clear, accurate news copy. Skills and experience in writing news is helpful, but not required.
- Preference will be given to interns who express an interest in public radio careers.
- People of color, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
- Fluency in languages other than English is a plus.
- Knowledge of California related issues desired.
- Applications may be submitted for the Spring, Summer, or Fall term internships. Please indicate which term and which radio internship program that interests you.
- To apply, include a cover letter of interest, a resume, and additional materials relevant to the qualifications (clips, other writing, etc.) listed above.
- For applicants to multiple Public Radio Internships - Instead of submitting multiple cover letters and resumes, we prefer for you to submit ONE joint package for all the internships you're interested in. The package should include ONE resume, the required materials for each internship, and ONE cover letter describing and comparing your interest in the different opportunities. Please label CLEARLY your supplemental materials for "The California Report" in this application packet.
Please send cover letter & resume to:
Attn: Radio Internship Program
2601 Mariposa St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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