Are you a journalism student looking for an innovative platform to learn on? A legal studies student interested in learning more about how our community interacts with the criminal justice system? Can you report and write on deadline?
Homicide Watch DC is now hiring interns for a special one year student reporting lab. We believe that structured beat reporting tools like Homicide Watch provide excellent learning experiences for students because the platform guides reporters through the reporting process step-by-step. Students working on the platform will also learn to build a community around news products, data collection and reporting, and more.
We’re looking for students who are ready to work, who will be dedicated and can be edited. We are tough editors and we work on tight deadlines. Reporting for Homicide Watch means going to court, talking to families of suspects and victims, finding public documents and maintaining a public court calendar. This is a beat that requires planning ahead as well as responding to breaking news.
Undergraduate and graduate students in curriculums including journalism, criminal justice, law, sociology, and more are encouraged to apply.
Students working for Homicide Watch DC will:
- report breaking news on homicides when they happen
- do daily news checks, using traditional reporting and social media
- spend at least one full day per week at DC Superior Court
- gather documents on every murder case being covered
- maintain a public court calendar for homicide cases
- contribute to a project documenting how students learn to cover violent crime
- write at least one feature-length story for a special year in review package
Time commitment: 15 hours per week
Pay: Weekly stipend
To apply: Send a resume, letter of recommendation, and links to published work if available to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Preference will be given to the strongest candidates who can begin work most immediately.