November 5th, 2010
SPJ Offers FOI Internships
By Dana Neuts
Journalists and journalism students, are you looking for a great experience to add to your education while contributing to freedom of information efforts? Check out SPJ’s Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information scholarships. One intern will work in Washington, D.C. and the other out of SPJ HQ in Indianapolis. Here’s some brief info.:
About the SPJ Headquarters Internship
The intern selected to work at the Society’s National Headquarters in Indianapolis writes for the Freedom of Information issue of Quill magazine, published annually in September. Candidates for this position should possess a strong background in writing and reporting.
— Updating comprehensive contact lists for federal and state agencies
— Working on other FOI-related projects of the Society
— Attending and assisting with various SPJ Headquarters-related events
About the Washington, D.C., Internship
The intern selected to work in the law offices of Baker & Hostetler – the Society’s First Amendment legal counsel in Washington, D.C. – primarily works on researching and writing SPJ’s annual Pulliam/Kilgore Report. The report addresses a Freedom of Information topic of interest to journalists and attorneys. The 5,000- to 6,000-word report is distributed at the Society’s National Convention. Candidates for this position should possess a strong background in law or be able to demonstrate a solid interest in law and the ability to conduct the responsibilities required.
Other duties of the Washington, D.C., intern include:
— Writing stories for Quill magazine
— Attending hearings on Capitol Hill that are of interest to SPJ
— Representing SPJ at various Washington, D.C., events
For more info., visit SPJ online.