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Overview:

The ideal candidate is a strong writer and competent multimedia journalist or is willing to learn those skills. Data journalism skills are a plus.

The Clayton Crescent is seeking one or more college students for summer internships. Interested candidates must arrange for an official internship with their academic advisors. We have a strong preference for journalism students or communications majors concentrating in news. However, we are open to other majors (e.g., English, history, political science) who demonstrate a commitment to the news business, the First Amendment, the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics, and government transparency.

The ideal candidate is a strong writer and competent multimedia journalist or is willing to learn those skills. Data journalism skills, bilingual fluency in Spanish or Vietnamese, or experience editing video are plusses.

You will get one-on-one mentoring, job training, experience in a lively and growing part of metro Atlanta, insights into how the nonprofit news business works, and a byline in a professional publication, as well as a small stipend for mileage and lunch. This is not a paid internship.

Duties may include calendar updates, SEO, social media curation, records/data collection, and assigned stories. You may be asked to rewrite your copy and must be open to editorial feedback.

You should have your own working laptop, cellphone, and reliable transportation. A digital camera is a plus but most assignments can be covered using your cellphone camera. Some assignments may take place after normal business hours or on weekends (for example, board meetings or community events).

Business casual dress is appropriate for work.

We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and are LGBTQ+ friendly.

Familiarize yourself with the site, then send your resume and two clips or a link to your best reporting to Robin Kemp, Executive Editor/CEO, editor@claytoncrescent.org for consideration. Write “Summer 2022 Internship” in the Subject: line of your e-mail. Write a BRIEF statement (no more than one or two succinct paragraphs) as to why you are interested in The Clayton Crescent, what skills you have to offer, and what you hope to learn. Attach 1-2 letters of recommendation from professors or editors. Do not call. We will reply via e-mail to arrange a Zoom interview.

The Clayton Crescent is Clayton County and the Southern Crescent’s 2021 Media Changemaker Award-winning, nonprofit news site. Our mission is primarily watchdog journalism and government reporting for the benefit of residents of Clayton County and the Southern Crescent, with investigative journalism as an ongoing project. Our goal is to tell readers what their government is planning to do, not just what it has done already. This approach puts citizens back into the equation as participants in decision-making, rather than treating local governance as a spectator sport. We do not take political positions on the issues we cover. We do not seek an adversarial stance with the entities we cover but we do also not suppress coverage that may ran counter to any “official” narrative or public relations effort.

We are proud members of the Institute for Nonprofit News.


Learn more:

About The Clayton Crescent

The Expanding News Desert

“Robin Kemp lost her news job in Clayton County, Ga.—but she kept on reporting the news. It paid off on election week.” (The Washington Post)

“10 steps young journalists can take to get a great internship” (Poynter)

Robin Kemp

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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