KALW News' Summer Journalism Program | KALW

KALW News' Summer Journalism Program

KALW is calling all applicants for our summer journalism program based in our San Francisco newsroom and studios. The deadline to apply is Sunday March 8, 2020.

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 that:

  • 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
  • Slick dance moves appreciated, but not required!

Commitment and Timeline:

Start date: May 27th, 2020

End date: September 17, 2020

If you’re not able to commit for the duration of the program, some exceptions may be possible — please explain more in your application.

Participants will be asked to commit to a minimum of 16 hours of work per week. This includes one regularly scheduled eight-hour shift in our newsroom (Monday - Thursday) and another eight hours working in the field, producing your own stories.

We do our best to accommodate everyone’s schedules for these newsroom days.

Enrollment in a college or university is not necessary to participate. 

How to apply

To apply, please prepare the following:

  • A cover letter that includes:
    • Why you want to be in this program
    • What you would bring to KALW
    • Why your perspective is one that needs to be represented in the world of public radio and podcasting
    • What your experience you have producing audio stories, including audio editing experience and any relevant journalism experience you have
  • Resume
  • 2-3 samples of your work, at least one of these should be an audio story (please either include URLs to work already online or upload to SoundCloud
  • (Optional) Short original audio work (1-3 minutes max) that you craft for your application and upload to SoundCloud

Don't be afraid to let your personality shine through in your cover letter and optional audio work — we want to know who you are!

Submit your application materials through our online form

Application deadline: March 8, 2020, 11:59 p.m. PT

We will let applicants know their status by April 15, 2020. 

We look forward to meeting you!

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.