News Production Fellow

Democracy Now! Productions, Inc., New York, New York

Date PostedDecember 26, 2017
IndustryTV Jobs
SpecialtyNational/World News
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryNot Specified
Websitehttp://democracynow.org
Description:

Democracy Now! Fellowships are paid, full-time, temporary work placements to help early career journalists develop skills and gain experience in a daily live TV news environment. Democracy Now! staff provide one-on-one mentorship and supervision to help Fellows maximize their exposure to a fast-paced newsroom and build their skills as a journalist. All fellowships take place at our Manhattan studio where we produce our daily news hour.

We are currently accepting applications for our News Production Fellowship.

A successful News Production Fellow will thrive in a deadline-driven daily news environment and be an avid consumer of daily global news, following a variety of news sources (both commercial and independent) on a daily basis. S/he will demonstrate a passion for Democracy Now!'s independent news mission and be a strong team player with a great attitude and a professional demeanor at all times.

The workday begins as early as 5:30am ET, to coincide with the live daily TV & radio newscast at 8:00am ET.

Session Term
1 year

Application Deadline
Applications must be received no later than February 5, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting on January 16, 2018, so applying early is recommened.

Responsibilities include:

  • Writing, proofreading and copyediting script for the show including our morning headlines (news briefs).
  • Working with the production team during the live morning show.
  • Researching stories and pitches, fact-checking and preparing memos and show briefs for production team and show hosts.
  • Helping identify, research, pre-interview and book show guests, and coordinate logistics for guests.
  • Supporting producers and social media team in writing and editing content for web and social media.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications:

  • One to two years of professional news writing and/or reporting experience.
  • Obsessed with national and global news and commitment to the mission of Democracy Now!
  • Strong copywriting and editing skills, detail oriented, and can meet daily deadlines.
  • Creative, flexible and comfortable with the pressures of a live news environment.
  • Tech-savvy, familiar with most social media platforms and interested in learning new technologies and systems. 
  • Bilingual (Spanish / English) a plus.
  • Video skills a plus.

Candidates without the required experience listed above may consider applying for one of our Internships.

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must have a valid US work authorization and be available to work full-time for the duration of the one-year fellowship.

Democracy Now! is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply

Submit the following online here (scroll to the bottom of the page) no later than February 5, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting on January 16, 2018, so applying early is recommended.

  • A complete chronological resume, including dates of employment.
  • The names and contact information for two references.
  • 2-3 work samples, at least one of which is a news story you've worked on, and an explanation of your role in producing the piece.
  • A cover letter that addresses the following points:
    1. Why are you a good fit for this position?
    2. How and when did you first discover Democracy Now!?
    3. Where did you hear about this position?

No phone calls, please.

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