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Internship: KQED Newsroom Intern (July 2021-Dec 2021)

Deadline to apply for KQED Internships is May 31, 2021. If you are applying to multiple KQED internships, please state this along with the Internship titles in your cover letter.

The KQED Newsroom Intern is a key part of the editorial team that produces KQED’s award-winning television news and current affairs program, KQED Newsroom, airing weekly on Fridays at 7 p.m. on Channel 9 (as well as on 88.5 FM). 

You don’t need extensive experience in television, just a passion for current affairs and a desire to learn. This internship offers hands-on experience in every aspect of our show’s production, from pitch to broadcast, and is named in honor of the late Raul Ramirez, who believed in amplifying diverse voices in the newsroom.

This is a paid internship, working 16 hours per week from July 19, 2021 through December 30, 2021.

Essential Functions:

Every week, you’ll pitch and research ideas for segments and studio guests, curate and summarize the week’s news, gather B-roll and fact check scripts. 

Whenever possible, you’ll help coordinate studio production, assist in the field on news gathering assignments, assist with reporter packages, help organize post-production and contribute to our social media and digital properties.

Other Functions: 

  • Log, screen and organize audio and video
  • Organize and maintain production files, including releases
  • Maintain and update online assets, including the KQED Newsroom website, YouTube channel and the PBS Video player
  • Write and produce social media content

Knowledge/Experience Required: 

Producing a weekly show requires being curious, flexible and a problem solver. There isn’t any one specific skill you need, but these are some that will come in handy:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and research skills
  • Ability to work well with others and also independently
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Passion for news and current affairs 

Knowledge/Experience Desired:

  • Familiarity with website publishing and/or ability to quickly learn new software and platforms
  • Knowledge of and proficiency with social media
  • Multi-media experience is a plus, including familiarity with image and video editing software like Photoshop, Premiere
  • ...And please let us know if you have other talents, like speaking other languages!

Growth & Development Opportunities:

This internship will offer you the chance to build skills in every aspect of television production, from research and reporting to pre-production to production to post-production. You’ll even have the opportunity to put your stamp on the show, whether it’s through pitching a topic you want to cover or producing a segment from top to bottom. Past participants in our internship programs have eventually pursued careers as producers and reporters at TV stations, writers for newspapers and podcast producers. One alumna is even heading up KQED’s en Español initiative. 

This internship was created to honor Raul Ramirez's work in journalism.

Raul Ramirez championed diversity in journalism throughout a long and distinguished career. He was gay and Latino, at time when members of both groups were not particularly welcomed in mainstream newsrooms. Ramirez rose to be the executive editor at KQED while also teaching classes at San Francisco State and UC Berkeley. Before that, Ramirez spent 23 years at several of the nation's largest news organizations, including the San Francisco Examiner, Oakland Tribune, Washington Post, Miami Herald and Wall Street Journal

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The mission that drives us: 

KQED is for everyone who wants to be more. Our television, radio, digital media, and educational services change lives for the better and help individuals and communities achieve their full potential.

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media. We provide citizens with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st-century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration- exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

We celebrate diversity, embrace innovation, value lifelong learning and partner with those who share our passion for public services.


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