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Paid Internship Opportunities

St. Louis Public Radio is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2015 semester. Application deadline: Friday, November 14th, 2014.

To apply, please download and fill out this application form and mail, fax, or email (preferred) a completed application (with resume and/or cover letter if desired) to:

Jessica Luther
St. Louis Public Radio
3651 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63108

Fax: (314) 516-5993
jluther@stlpublicradio.org

Internships are temporary, paid positions through the University of Missouri – St. Louis and are therefore subject to a background check. All internships are also eligible for college credit. Please call Jessica at (314) 516-6306 with any questions you may have.



NEWS

Minimum Requirements:
Excellent writing skills, basic typing proficiency and basic computer skills, and availability of at least 10-15 hours per week. The student should be articulate enough to conduct interviews over the telephone or in person. Minimum ability to use broadcast equipment is important. Approval from the St. Louis Public Radio News Director.

Internship Description: The intern will learn to record and playback on the digital recording medium; learn basic editing skills in digital media; be taught broadcast style writing; learn to write and read a newscast to time; go out with a reporter to a press conference at least once during the semester; learn how to update the news page on the St. Louis Public Radio website; incorporate their writing, producing, and broadcasting skills into their final project. Advanced interns will learn how to conduct telephone interviews and to produce them. The intern may be asked to conduct interviews in the field or to attend news conferences. Throughout the semester, the intern may also be asked to assist anchors in producing newscasts.

Evaluation: Evaluation of the intern will occur in accordance with guidelines of his or her school. Considerations will include production skills (microphone techniques, sound quality, editing, etc.), writing ability (structure of the story, attribution of facts, objectivity, and liveliness of the writing), willingness to follow direction, efficient use of time, self-motivation and initiative, and accuracy and attention to detail. A final evaluation will be held at the end of the semester.



STATEHOUSE

Minimum Requirements:
Permission of St. Louis Public Radio editors and Statehouse Reporter; good writing skills, basic typing proficiency and basic computer skills; and availability of 15-25 hours a week. The student should be articulate enough to conduct interviews over the telephone or in person. Minimum ability to use broadcast equipment is important.

Internship Description: The practicum student will: learn to record and playback on digital recording medium; learn basic editing skills in digital media; be taught broadcast style writing; learn to write and read a newscast to time; learn to upload/download audio on the internet; learn to post stories, photos and audio to the St. Louis Public Radio website; work with statehouse reporter on a daily basis to cover Missouri Legislature, state officials and other Jefferson City news; conduct interviews in the field and attend news conferences; incorporate writing, producing, and broadcasting skills into a final project. Advanced interns will learn how to conduct telephone interviews and to produce them. Advanced interns with mature, professional deliveries could also have the opportunity to have stories air on St. Louis Public Radio and other Missouri public radio stations.

Evaluation: The intern will be evaluated by St. Louis Public Radio editors and Statehouse Reporter. Considerations will include production skills (microphone techniques, sound quality, editing, etc.), writing ability (structure of story, attribution of facts, objectivity, and liveliness of writing), willingness to follow direction, efficient use of time, self-motivation and initiative, accuracy, and attention to detail. A final evaluation will be held at the end of the semester.


MARKETING, EVENTS, & COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Minimum Requirements
: Excellent writing skills and excellent organizational skills required. Familiarity with and enthusiasm for public radio programming preferred. Approval from the St. Louis Public Radio Marketing, Events, & Outreach Manager.

Internship Description: The intern will assist with the conversion of St. Louis Public Radio print materials and photography to digital files.  Additionally, the student will assist in the preparation of St. Louis Public Radio events including set-up and breakdown.

Evaluation: Evaluation of the intern will occur in accordance with the guidelines of his or her school. Considerations will include ability to work independently and follow instructions, use time efficiently, attend to details, and produce quality writing.


PRODUCTION

Overview:
The production internship is divided into two tracks of study and practice. Both tracks are completed primarily through the content and audio production of St. Louis Public Radio’s daily talk shows, St. Louis on the Air and Cityscape. Interns may specialize in one track; however, the ideal candidate will be interested in and become familiar with both.

Minimum Requirements:
Excellent communication skills. Experience with digital recording and editing preferred but not required. Previous journalism and content production experience is preferred but not required. Approval from Talk Show Producer(s).

Track One: Talk Show Producer: Working with the talk show team to produce content for St. Louis Public Radio’s daily talk shows, St. Louis on the Air and Cityscape. This includes: generating show ideas, booking guests, conducting research, writing news stories based on talk show content, social media engagement, and other engagement efforts as required.

Track Two: Audio Production: Working with the talk show team, the intern will complete tasks relating to the engineering and audio production of: 1) live talk shows St. Louis on the Air and Cityscape 2) interview and podcast recordings 3) web features 4) music beds 5) field recordings. With practice, the intern may learn advanced digital editing, control board operation, live mixing, and other concepts & techniques relating to radio audio production.

Evaluation: Evaluation of the intern will occur in accordance with the guidelines of his or her school (if applicable). Considerations will include progress gained, effective use of time, initiative, ability to follow instructions, audio and content production skills learned, and ability to work both independently and within a group.


DIGITAL MEDIA

Minimum Requirements
: Excellent writing skills and some experience editing web pages and creating graphics required. Familiarity with and enthusiasm for St. Louis Public Radio programming preferred. Approval from the St. Louis Public Radio Digital Media Manager and availability of 12 hours per week.

Internship Description: The intern will assist the Digital Media Manager in updating the St. Louis Public Radio website and managing special projects as assigned.

Evaluation: Evaluation of the intern will occur in accordance with the guidelines of his or her school. Considerations will include ability to work independently, follow instructions, use time efficiently, attend to details, and produce quality writing. Initiative and enthusiasm will also be considered.


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