Brief: The Sacramento is hiring newsroom interns for 2021. We offer a range of internships: Reporters (Local, Sports, Capitol Bureau), Visuals (photography and video), Video Producers, Real Time, Opinion. Internships are generally for 10 weeks, depending on funding, and start times vary according to applicants’ school schedules. We work with interns to secure external funding to make them full-time employees of the newsroom. Participating in a college journalism program is preferred, but not required. We are looking for those who wish to pursue a career in journalism. Depending on current COVID-19 restrictions, this could be a remote position.
The Sacramento Bee hires students every year in our internship programs, giving them an opportunity to work as staff members in our newsroom alongside professional journalists.
While these are student positions with an opportunity to learn and continue preparation for a news career, we expect an understanding of basic news standards and ethics, and at least a rudimentary skill set in being able to produce content.
All need to meet deadlines, be accurate and adhere to ethical standards. Reporters need to report thoroughly, write clearly and grasp the elements of storytelling, recognizing visual components and social connections. Visual journalists should be skilled in still photography and video. Producers should be facile with production software and know the basics of news storytelling through video. All must have a sense of urgency, and Real Time reporters and audience growth specialists should couple that immediacy with an understanding of the wide range of audience interests. Opinion positions require an ability to edit letters and write with a point of view.
All should understand social networking, keep up with news, aspire to connect with audience and learn how to build coverage with audience wants and needs in mind.
All interns are expected to fill a variety of shifts in the newsroom. We will strive to provide sessions with newsroom staff and experts to help guide interns. We expect interns to attend those.
Stipend support for these positions are provided by the Paul Block Foundation as part of the Yale Paul Block Summer Journalism program.