The Dow Jones News Fund will train and send 92 undergraduate and graduate students to work this summer as business reporters, digital journalists, news and sports copy editors in paid internships at 56 of the nation’s leading news organizations. The number of students accepted into the Fund’s internship program is up 7 percent from 2014.
This year’s program saw a significant increase in digital media partners, reflecting the changing media landscape. Digital interns will work for The Christian Science Monitor, AccuWeather, MSN.com, Comcast, The Palm Beach Post and The New York Times.
New business reporting partners include Capital New York, USA Today, Crain’s Detroit Business, The Gazette and TheStreet.com. The Fund is also partnering with American City Business Journals to train eight students at its signature city business newspapers in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Among returning national and regional news media partners are The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Detroit News, Advertising Specialty Institute, Thomson Reuters, the Denver Post, E.W. Scripps Co. and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Linda Shockley, managing director, said, “Media need skilled multiplatform journalists more than ever and students need the experience and the added grounding Fund pre-internship training provides. We value our media partners’ investment in the future by participating in our programs.”
Richard J. Levine, president of the Fund, said, “This summer’s strong and dynamic internship program is testimony to the News Fund’s vital role in preparing the next generation of professional journalists for work in the digital age that is reshaping news media.”
The summer internship programs will support eight training sites at leading journalism schools in May and June. The interns will train for one week before reporting to work for 10 weeks at salaries starting at $400 per week. Those returning to college receive $1,000 scholarships. More than 600 applications were reviewed.