Job Description:

Curious City is a people-powered news-gathering project designed to answer questions the public asks about Chicago, the region and the people who live here. Every week, we broadcast a radio story, publish a podcast and a web version. 

With mentoring from the team’s audio producer and editor, you will research stories, practice recording field audio, assist in conducting in-studio interviews, help direct vocal performances, mix audio and learn to write and edit audio scripts. You will also develop career-building skills in conceiving, critiquing and editing audio stories and related multimedia packages. By the end of the term, you will have produced feature work to use in their portfolio. Past interns have answered questions about the history of House Music and shed light on what can actually be recycled in Chicago.

Application Deadline is: Friday November 1, 2019

To apply you need:

  • A desire to learn more about the history of Chicago and the region
  • To have majored in journalism, media, communications or equivalent experience 
  • Experience with editing audio (using Adobe Audition, ProTools, Logic Pro etc.)
  • Excitement for learning about audio as a storytelling medium
  • To have completed at least one or more journalism related internships

Internship Details

  • The internship will start January 6 and last through June 26, 2020
  • This is a paid internship, $13.00 an hour
  • Internship hours are part-time, 24 hours a week during daytime hours. Due to scheduling requirements of our internships, we do not recommend students with full course loads apply. However, we can have a conversation if you can demonstrate the ability to manage your time

How We Select Interns
Our intern selection process is structured to gauge your writing and news judgment. The first round is us reading through cover letters and resumes. The second round is an interview with our selection committee, where we ask you to give story pitches and feedback about some of our programming . If you are second-round candidate, interviews will either be in person or via video chat if you are out of town. 
Don’t Forget Your Cover Letter!
Cover letters help us learn a little bit about you, and what you hope to get out of an internship. It also gives us a sample of your writing style. Your cover letter should tell us why you want to pursue a career in journalism and media. We want to learn about your career goals and what type of skills you want to learn or strengthen in an internship. Want to make your cover letter really stand out? Include links to your portfolio or links to any news writing samples, podcasts, or story packages you may have done.
Applications without a cover letter will not be accepted.

About Us
Chicago Public Media is one of the largest, most decorated, aggressively creative, and journalistically ambitious public radio organizations in the nation. We are home to WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR news station, celebrating our 75th year anniversary broadcasting at 91.5 FM, and Vocalo Radio, Chicago’s Urban Alternative music station at 91.1 FM. We are the birthplace of such celebrated programs as This American Life, Wait,Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, Sound Opinions, Curious City and most recently, a growing portfolio of podcasts that include Serial, the “Making” series, including Making Obama and Making Oprah, and South Side Stories a partnership with Comedy Central. WBEZ’s award-winning newsroom is growing in order to tackle the stories that matter most to our community.  As an essential source of news and context, we are a powerful connector among lines of difference.

Job Location: 
Chicago, IL
United States
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Friday, November 1, 2019
Job Type: 
Part time
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