Thirteen college students and recent college graduates are headed to paid copy editing internships on daily newspapers after completing 10 days of intensive preparation at The University of Texas at Austin.
The interns are among a select group of undergraduate and graduate students placed in internships in copy editing, sports copy editing, business reporting and digital journalism.
The highly competitive national program is funded by the News Fund, a foundation of the Dow Jones Co.; and participating newspapers and digital media services. More than 700 students applied for the program. Applicants were required to take a test and complete an extensive application before
The School of Journalism at UT Austin, one of five pre-internship training sites for newspaper print and online copy editors and designers, has been part of the News Fund program since 1998.
Participants in the UT workshop were involved in newspaper copy editing, design and production assignments and operated a parallel online news operation.
Newspaper professionals, visiting faculty and UT journalism faculty moderated the sessions in this 17th residency program at UT Austin.
In the latter half of the pre-internship training, participants produced three issues of a live, model newspaper, the Southwest Journalist, as well as a companion online product, swjournalist.com.
The UT-News Fund interns serve internships of 10 to 14 weeks.
Participants in the UT Austin workshop, including their universities and host news organizations, are as follows:
Grants from the News Fund and contributions from participating newspapers cover the participants’ pre-internship training, including housing, meals, transportation and instruction.
Participating newspapers also pay interns a weekly wage for their internship work. Students returning to their universities after the internships are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship provided by the News Fund.
Directing the UT workshop were S. Griffin Singer, director; George Sylvie, assistant director; and Lourdes Jones, senior administrative associate of the UT School of Journalism.
Faculty included Beth Butler, assistant workshop director, from Kent State University; Bradley Wilson, assistant professor of journalism at Midwestern State University; Amy Zerba, a senior staff editor of The New York Times; Linda Shockley, deputy director of the News Fund, Princeton, New Jersey; and Dan Cunningham, deputy managing editor of the Houston Chronicle.
Kathy Blackwell, a senior editor of the Austin American-Statesman, coordinated the interns’ visit to that newspaper.
Other newspaper training centers were at Temple University, the University of Missouri, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Nebraska. A digital journalism workshop was held at Arizona State, and a business reporting workshop was conducted at New York University.