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KALW News' Summer Journalism Program

The application window to our 2021 summer journalism program is now closed. Check back here in early spring of 2022 to apply for next year's program.

This is a great opportunity for someone who is just starting their career as a radio journalist and has a basic level of experience producing radio features, but wants to build on that experience and grow in our supportive, collaborative newsroom. We are an NPR and BBC affiliate with a track record of developing new and diverse public media talent.

About the internship

You will be an integral part of the production of our daily news magazine show, Crosscurrents. You’ll help with some newsroom tasks like fact-checking and research, while also getting to pitch and produce your own radio features.

This is an unpaid opportunity; training will be provided. There will be four evening seminars offered to help you level-up your skills. Seminar topics include: editing in ProTools; thinking in sound and scene; and how to succeed as a freelance radio journalist. We’re nationally known for our radio journalism training programs and excited to help you hone your craft! 

Our newsroom is known for “going deeper” and telling nuanced, sound-rich stories. We’re looking for creative thinkers who are great writers and storytellers with a passion for reporting on diverse communities and ideally some knowledge of the Bay Area.

You will be:

  • Pitching, reporting, and producing original feature stories for broadcast and online distribution
  • Interviewing potential guests/sources
  • Researching topics
  • Fact-checking
  • Building skills in story structure, voicing, digital production, engineering, and sound design
  • Helping with administrative and production duties in our newsroom

We’re looking for candidates who:

  • Have demonstrable experience interviewing, field recording, writing for radio, and digitally editing audio
  • Are computer literate, especially with Macs and Google Docs
  • Are self-starters who can work independently and also enjoy collaboration
  • Have slick dance moves (appreciated, but not required!)

The KALW news department also offers a nine-month training program, from September through June, called the Audio Academy. Learn more here. Applicants can only be accepted to one program, but can apply to both if desired. If you are applying to both programs, please note that in your cover letter.

KALW encourages a diverse pool of applicants from a variety of backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We value diversity.