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The Campus Companion is looking for journalism interns that will be responsible for developing, composing, and polishing articles according to a cycling deadline. These articles will be catered to a college / young adult audience.
- Flawless grammar
- Concise style
- Ability to write critically
- Open to criticism
Practicing Non-Biased Writing Techniques
Journalists at times will be expected to approach topics in a way that may not reflect personal opinion.
Conducting Qualitative Research
Journalists, for some works, must conduct rigorous research and validate their expertise. Interns will be expected to use only credible sources and to adequately check any and all facts involved in articles. Further, some articles may require more than online or library research techniques. Interns will be expected to recognize these scenarios and do a complete array of research.
Conforming to a Professional Schedule with Deadlines
The Campus Companion conforms to a regular publication schedule. Meaning, journalism interns must learn to conceptualize, produce, polish, and submit articles according to a publishing schedule.
Working on Assigned Projects
At times, managers might delegate certain work to writers. In these scenarios, journalism interns will be obliged to expend as much effort and write these articles with the same gusto, and level of involvement as those they conceptualize themselves.
Devising Personal Projects
There is a large degree of freedom involved in what journalism interns get to write. Interns are expected to prepare a few ideas to present at the beginning of each deadline cycle.
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The Campus Companion is seeking several students to help manage portions of the network. These management / editorial internships will include the use of WordPress as a content management system and communication with other members of The Campus Companion team.
- Capable of editing
- Ability to give detailed feedback
- Decisive and personable
- Tech savvy is a plus
- A background in blogging using self-hosted WordPress or WordPress.com is a plus.
Managing editors will be taught how to facilitate The Campus Companion’s editorial processes using WordPress as a CMS. This internship entails communication with journalism and marketing interns.
Delivering Thorough Analyses to Journalists
When interning, managing editors will be expected to read journalistic articles and subsequently deliver detailed notes / analysis of those articles back to journalism interns.
Edit, Fact Check, Polish
Editing involves analyzing articles for elements of style, tone, flow, grammar, spelling, point of view, word choice, consistency and more. Essentially, editors ask themselves, “what does the piece say, what did it intend to say, and how else could it be interpreted?” Obviously, editors must dive into these questions more deeply when reviewing work. Fact-checking involves looking at the author’s argument or point and evaluating whether evidence is here-say, assumptive, or actually substantiated. Final polishing brings all of these elements together in a final analysis.
Facilitate Idea Development
Editors will be expected to assist journalists in developing ideas, or validating idea proposals. Editors may find themselves in uncomfortable situations where they must be able to say “No,” or be the “bad guy”
Coordinate Article Progress
Editors should be there for journalists throughout the process. It is an editor’s responsibility to assist journalists around walls and through obstacles they may encounter in the writing process.
Conforming with and Enforcing Deadlines
Not only must editors conform to, but they must also enforce deadlines assigned to journalism interns.
WordPress as a CMS
Managing editors will be coached on how to use WordPress as a content management system. There will include an introductory session detailing how The Campus Companion uses WordPress in its editorial process. Interns will then be expected to show that they have a full understanding of WordPress before beginning to manage one of The Campus Companion’s sites
Basic HTML and CSS
Learning basic HTML and CSS is something that will come naturally while using WordPress, but interns will be coached on how to use these languages to style and format journalism articles if needed.
Search Engine Optimization
The editorial process used by The Campus Companion focuses extensively on how to optimize search engine results using best practices. Students will learn about a multitude of SEO topics.
Managing editors will be in charge of communicating with both journalism interns and marketing interns when it comes to the editorial process. This requires a strong understanding of organizational behavior and management techniques.