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Students Can Apply for Paid News Work

The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund offers annual summer internships in business reporting, newspaper copy editing and sports copy editing. With support from Yahoo! News, the Fund will offer 12 online editing internships. Each program provides free pre-internship training seminars on college campuses and weekly salaries starting at $350 for a minimum of 10 weeks. Interns who return to college full-time the following fall will receive $1,000 scholarships from the Fund. The postmark deadline is Nov. 1. Applicants will be notified of their status by late December.

Some participating news organizations: The Wall Street Journal; The Associated Press; Reno Gazette-Journal; The Star Tribune; The Tennessean; The Denver Post; The Indianapolis Star: San Jose Mercury News; The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle; The New York Times; The Washington Post; Detroit Free Press; Philadelphia Inquirer; The Hartford Courant; The Standard-Times.

Before you call or e-mail see Frequently Asked Questions. Professional and former professional journalists, even those attending graduate school, are not eligible.


Program Descriptions

In the Online Editing Program, juniors, seniors and graduate students (applicants must have achieved this status by Nov. 1, 2007, the application postmark deadline) work as editors for media companies with news Web sites. They will attend training at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green led by Dr. Pam Johnson and Ezra Palmer of Yahoo News.

In the Newspaper Copy Editing Program, interns work as news copy editors at daily newspapers. Those selected as newspaper editors attend the Centers for Editing Excellence at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa., taught by Dr. Edward Trayes; University of Central Florida, Orlando, taught by Dr. Rick Kenney; University of Missouri, Columbia, taught by Brian Brooks; San Jose State University, taught by Dr. William Tillinghast; Pennsylvania State University, taught by Dr. Marie Hardin; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, taught by Bill Cloud, and University of Texas at Austin, taught by S. Griffin Singer.

Sports Copy Editing Program interns, who will work on sports copy desks at daily newspapers, attend training at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, taught by Dr. Charlyne Berens.

General news and sports copy editing seminars last two weeks. The online training course will last one week. Applicants may apply for any or all three of the programs using a common editing application form
. Each applicant must submit the application form, a resume, a list of courses with grades and a 500-word essay describing his or her editing skills and journalistic interests that could be forwarded to a media recruiter who is having a difficult time finding the perfect editing intern.

Controlled Editing Exam
Additionally, applicants must take a one-hour copy editing exam which will be mailed directly to a professor who will act as a monitor on their campus. Review the Monitors List by clicking here or on the menu item at the left of this screen. If after reviewing the list, a student finds there is no monitor on campus, he should follow directions on the Monitors List page to request a test. Students can study for the test and brush up on their skills using past versions from the Detroit Free Press' Jobspage maintained by Joe Grimm at freep.com/jobspage.

Past tests with answer keys are at EditTeach.org, a Web site for copy editing professors maintained by Deb Gump.


The Business Reporting Program is specifically intended for sophomores, juniors and seniors (applicants must have achieved this status by Nov. 1, 2007, the application postmark deadline). These interns cover business and consumer news at daily newspapers and news services. They attend a one-week training seminar at New York University's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication in Manhattan.

Applicants must submit the business reporting application form, a resume, three to five recently published clips, a list of courses with grades and a 500-word essay on why you want to spend the summer writing about business news.
The business reporting test should be completed no later than Dec. 1, 2007. Students must have designated a professor to receive and administer the test on the application form.


A practice test is available on this site by clicking here. Check your answers when you're finished by reviewing the key.

FAQs About DJNF Internships

Are these paid internships?
Yes, the Fund requires that all interns be paid at least $350 per week. The average is about $475, but some papers pay considerably more.

Where are these internships located?
This is a national program with news organizations all over the country. A partial list is printed in each program's application form.

Where can I get an application?
Applications are available to download on this page and from the Forms section of this site, in campus career centers, from journalism departments and at journalism job fairs.

Iím graduating in December or May before the internship, can I still apply for the editing programs?
Yes, December and May graduates are eligible for the editing programs. Students who are juniors, seniors or graduate students at the Nov. 1 postmark deadline are eligible to apply. The business reporting program is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors as well.

Can I pick the newspaper I will work for?
No students cannot elect a newspaper for which to work. Assignments are made based on region of the country, skill level of the applicant pool and preferences of the newspapers.

Can I intern for fewer than 10 weeks? Can I work more than 10 weeks?
Interns are required to work a minimum of 10 weeks. Longer tenures are usually worked out by mutual agreement of the news organization and the intern.

Does the Fund offer internships year-round?
No. We offer only summer internships.

Can I intern more than once?
Students can participate in either the online, news editing or sports editing programs once. Students who have participated in the business reporting program are eligible to apply for the editing program.

Should I tell the Fund I want to take the editing test?
Not if there is a designated monitor on your campus. If there is a designated monitor on your campus, notify that professor you would like to take the test and arrange a time to do so or adhere to the schedule he or she sets. If no one has volunteered to be your campus monitor follow the procedures detailed on the Monitors List page.

How do I arrange to take the business reporting test?
There is a place on the business reporting application to identify the professor who has agreed to proctor this test. The Fund will send the test to that person once your application has been received. The business reporting test must be completed and returned by the professor postmarked by Dec. 1.

How do I arrange to take the editing test while I am studying abroad?
Students who are studying abroad should ask a professor or professional journalist to serve as a monitor. The Fund will send a test to that person who is responsible for sending the completed test to the Fund by the Nov. 1 postmark deadline. By e-mail, a student should send his name, address, university, phone number and e-mail address, plus the same information for the monitor he has recruited, no later than Oct. 26 to ensure the test can be received before the application postmark deadline.

Do I have to be a journalism major in order to get one of these internships?
The programs are open to all majors. While journalism majors do well in the competition, many liberal arts, business and science majors have been selected and performed admirably on the job.

When are the training courses scheduled?
The training courses are offered in mid- to late May and last for one or two weeks depending on the program. One training course is scheduled to operate from early to mid-June to accommodate schools on the quarter system.

How do I apply for the James A. Reston Reporting Fellowship? The Thomas Morgan Internships in Graphics, Design and Photography at The New York Times?
The Reston fellowship and the Morgan internships are operated by The New York Times and are administered by Sheila Rule, Senior Manager, Reporter Recruiting, The New York Times, 620 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10018-1405. No phone number provided. Please donít call, write or e-mail the Newspaper Fund about these programs.

Still have questions? Send them by e-mail to newsfund@wsj.dowjones.com or call (609) 452-2820.

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