News Intern — Fall 2020
North Texas Public Broadcasting
KERA TV, KERA 90.1 and KXT 91.7
North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc., the PBS and NPR affiliate of North Texas, is a not-for-profit public media organization reaching the fifth-largest media market in the United States through KERA TV, KERA 90.1 FM and music station KXT 91.7. For nearly 60 years, North Texans have turned to KERA as a vibrant destination for community engagement and lifelong learning. KERA produces original multimedia content, carries the best in national and international public television and radio programs, and provides online resources at a constellation of websites, including kera.org, keranews.org, kxt.org and artandseek.org.
Do you regularly refer friends with existential questions to This American Life episodes or begin conversations with “I heard this story on NPR…”? Are you the first to volunteer when something just needs to get done? Do you want an award-winning team to show you the ropes of radio and digital journalism?
If yes – and you’re a student with designs on a media career – you might just be the News Production Intern KERA is looking for.
Each semester KERA provides two news production interns with valuable experience. As an intern, you will be helping with the production of our talk show Think, where host Krys Boyd picks the brains of documentarians, authors, politicians and influencers. And you’ll be supporting KERA’s News team as local stories for Morning Edition and All Things Considered come together each day.
All applications must include a cover letter, resume, a pitch for Think and two pitches for news stories. Applications should also include samples of your work – including, but not limited to, written news stories, audio stories, photography or video work. If possible, please also include a link to an online portfolio. Applications that are incomplete will not be accepted.
Although this internship is unpaid, interns will receive academic credit for their work with KERA.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES
Interns play a vital role in making the Think show happen every day and responsibilities may change on a weekly or daily basis, depending on the needs of the department.
• Compiling guest/topic research
• Writing daily rundowns
• Producing audio for shows
• Pitching show and story ideas
• Greeting and escorting in-studio guests
• Writing social media teasers
• Drafting web posts
• Performing other daily duties.
Interns must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student or undergrad with freshman year completed. You should have knowledge of public radio and the Think show, strong writing and editing skills with a solid understanding of AP style. Audio editing experience, previous experience working for a daily new organization and knowledge of social media practices are not required, but are preferred.
This summer internship will begin around May 30, 2020, and will continue through about August 10, 2020. For the fall internship, it will begin around August 17, 2020, and will continue through about December 14, 2020. Interns should be able to work 15 to 20 hours a week (unpaid) with availability between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
HOW TO APPLY
Please provide (1) a cover letter, (2) resume and (3) samples/story pitches. Please also state how you found out about this position. Submit this information as you prefer:
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax to: (214) 740-9323
Mail to: Human Resources, KERA, 3000 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75201