Internship Program

Applications for the Gazette's Winter 2021 internship program are CLOSED as of 5:00 p.m. Wed, Jan. 27. Thank you to those who applied.

The Gazette runs an internship program every fall/winter from October to December, and January to April.

Each section of the Gazette (news, culture, sports, photo, graphics, copy and video) runs an internship program. The opinions section does not accept interns. Interns dedicate one day per week (9:30 a.m.– 5:30 p.m.) outside of class hours to contribute to their section.

Over the course of the program, interns will receive regular training over Zoom from Gazette editors and journalism industry professionals. The internship program is a valuable experience for students interested in learning more about the craft.

Applicants do not need prior experience working in a newsroom, and class material is sufficient as work samples.

Applications are due Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 5:00 p.m.

Applicants will hear back between Jan. 29 to 30. If chosen, you will receive an email. We thank you for taking the time to apply.

The winter internship program officially begins Feb. 1 and concludes when exams begin in April.

Section Descriptions

News: News interns are responsible for covering both Western University and local news, finding news stories around campus, conducting daily story searches, and collaborating with section editors, interns and contributors to create informative news content. News interns will have an opportunity to cover live and breaking news as it happens during the week. Interns may also be required to attend online special events throughout the week or on the weekend. Interns should be able to form comprehensive content that includes writing, photography, video, audio and interactive elements from our other sections. Interns should also be able to use live blogs, Twitter, Facebook and other digital tools when appropriate. Interns will be trained on Canadian Press style, journalism ethics, story pitching, interviewing and social media storytelling.

Culture: Culture interns will be responsible for covering a variety of topics, including but not limited to health, fitness, food, drink, technology, music, relationships and fashion. A genuine interest in a wide range of subject matter is essential. Interns will assist editors in producing comprehensive content for digital mediums that includes writing, photography, video, audio and interactive elements from our other sections. Interns may also be required to attend online special events throughout the week or on the weekend. Interns will be trained on Canadian Press style, journalism ethics, story pitching, interviewing and social media storytelling.

Sports: Sports interns are responsible for covering Western athletics, including games, previews, profiles, analysis and commentary. An extensive knowledge of sports is essential. Interns should produce comprehensive content that includes writing, photography, video, audio and interactive elements. Interns will work collaboratively with editors, interns and contributors to provide extensive coverage of Mustangs athletics. Interns will be trained on Canadian Press style, multimedia journalism, journalism ethics, interviewing and social media storytelling.

Photo: Photo interns are responsible for taking photos of campus events, games and general happenings that are of interest to Western students. A working knowledge of DSLR cameras, Adobe Suite programs (Photoshop, Lightroom, Premier Pro), or a willingness and interest to develop those skills, would be considered an asset. Interns will produce comprehensive and robust multimedia content that complements written content, or can stand alone online. Interns will work collaboratively with editors and contributors to coordinate and curate multimedia content. Interns will be trained on Canadian Press photojournalism expectations, ethics and best practices.

Graphics: Graphics interns are responsible for providing graphic content to complement written content. A working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, specifically InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop, or a willingness and interest to develop this knowledge, would be considered an asset. Interns should also be comfortable communicating and collaborating with writing editors to curate graphics for stories. Interns will also be trained on basic journalism expectations, ethics and best practices.

Copy: Copy interns will be responsible for editing most written content in the Gazette, including online issues. Copy interns will edit stories for accuracy, Canadian Press style, grammar and structure to provide constructive criticism to all writers, including volunteers. A working knowledge of English grammar and spelling would be considered an asset, as well as a willingness to become familiar with Canadian Press style and guidelines.

Video: Video interns will be responsible for providing video and audio skills to shoot school and local events that are of interest to Western students. A working knowledge of DSLR cameras, Adobe Creative Suite programs (Premiere Pro, Photoshop and Adobe After Effects), or a willingness and interest to develop those skills, would be considered an asset. A working knowledge of motion graphic production is also considered an asset. Interns will pitch and produce original content in line with the Video section by collaborating with editors and contributors. Interns will be trained on video ethics and best practices.

Eligibility

All Western and affiliate college students are eligible to apply for the program. Graduate students are eligible, but cannot be hired for paid editor positions in the spring.

If you're a club executive or work with the University Students' Council or affiliate councils, please email editor@westerngazette.ca to confirm your eligibility for the program.

Questions?

Email managing@westerngazette.ca or call (519) 854-9676.