WESA Digital Internship

Position Overview:
90.5 WESA is Pittsburgh's NPR News Station. The internship program includes training sessions and mentoring by professional reporters, hosts, and editors. Internships are unpaid and no representation is made in regard to the availability of a paid position at the end of the internship. Candidates must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate school program. Academic credit can be awarded based on mutual agreement between the intern's school and 90.5 WESA.

The Digital Internship program teaches students to produce high-quality journalism in a professional public media environment, including training in production and editing. The goal is to prepare students for an entry-level job in public media or digital journalism. Duties and responsibilities for this unpaid position include the following.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Taking photographs in the field to supplement WESA reporting
  • Crafting engaging social media and posting stories to the website
  • Pitching photo stories with robust captions and original reporting
  • Pitching, writing, and producing stories for web and broadcast
  • Helping to build WESA’s photo library

Qualifications and Skills Required:

  • You must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate school program.
  • Past work with a professional or collegiate journalism publication
  • You must be available to work 15-30 hours per week.
Application Instructions:
  • • Please email a cover letter, resume, and three samples of journalistic work to newsroominterns@wesa.fm.
  • • Application deadlines: for spring internship, November 1; summer internship, March 15; fall internship, July 1.

Company, Benefits, EOE statement

The Company
PCBC is an independent, locally owned community-supported public media organization. PCBC is home to Pittsburgh’s NPR News station, 90.5 WESA, and 91.3 WYEP, serving Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities of Western Pennsylvania. PCBC serves the more than 2 million residents of Pittsburgh and its surrounding communities by leveraging the power of media to inform, inspire and entertain. We engage audiences and cultivate conversations that strengthen, enrich and improve the communities we serve.

* 90.5 WESA was launched in 2011 (in partnership with Pittsburgh’s philanthropic community) with an NPR news format. Its stated mission is “to work for the public to inform people in ways that engage and inspire them to create dialogue about community issues and stories.”

* 91.3 WYEP was founded in 1974 as an all-volunteer community licensed radio station. It broadcasts a diverse offering of adult alternative music, provides community education programs, and presents a large number of highly visible events and concerts in the region. Its mission is to “enrich the community through musical discovery, expression and education.”

In addition to radio programming, both stations play an active role in engaging the community through online and mobile services and in-person events, and have a prominent voice in Pittsburgh’s civic and cultural affairs. Each week more than 200,000 Southwestern Pennsylvanians listen to PCBC broadcasts and tens of thousands more engage with our content through our websites and mobile digital services.

Benefits and More
Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package that includes medical insurance, paid medical leave, 403(b) plan with matching contributions, paid vacation and holidays and a workplace culture that is fun, diverse and innovative.

This position is available immediately, and the search for candidates may be terminated without notice. No phone calls, please.

Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. PCBC adheres to all ADA requirements and will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals.

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