Why Does Local Journalism Matter?

To have a healthy democracy and a thriving community, we need an engaged and informed citizenry. By strengthening local news we help all people access important information, share ideas in constructive ways, and elevate the voices and stories of underrepresented people.

Apply Now for the 2022

DCF Journalism Internship Program!

Accepting applications Sept. 15-Nov. 15, 2021.

Funded by the DCF and the Local Journalism Initiative, this program embeds college students who are aspiring journalists as reporting interns in Delaware news outlets. The goals of DCF Journalism Internship Program are to:

  • Increase high-quality local news, which strengthens our democracy and civic engagement;
  • Increase coverage of Delaware’s BIPOC (black, indigenous and people of color) and other historically underrepresented communities;
  • Increase the population of future journalists who have experience with and are committed to covering historically underrepresented communities, including BIPOC; and
  • Increase collaboration among Delaware news outlets.

For the summer of 2022, the program will fund 8-10 aspiring journalists in Delaware newsrooms, including legacy print, broadcast and online-only outlets.

The interns will work in the newsrooms throughout the state for eight weeks in the summer. Each intern will work with their editor to determine specific dates between June 1 and Aug. 31.

Participating outlets confirmed so far are DelawareOnline/The News Journal, Delaware Public Media, Delaware State News and WHYY. Additional outlets will be confirmed in early 2022.

These are paid, full-time, intensive, newsroom internships designed to provide the experience of working as a full-time news reporter. These are not part-time positions.

The program is open to students who will be juniors, seniors and recent graduates of four-year colleges and universities in the summer of 2022.

Interns must commit to:

  • Work 40 hours per week.
  • Work flexible schedules, including evenings and weekends, as needed.
  • Prepare stories on deadline.
  • Enthusiastically go into different communities and engage with people. Using email and making phone calls are only parts of the work.
  • Have their own transportation. It is not acceptable to use Uber/Lyft, get rides from friends, rely on a shared car, etc.
  • Live in Delaware for the duration of the internship.
  • Participate in required training and networking events.
  • At the end of the internship, write a brief column about their experience and submit it to the DCF.

Questions? Contact Allison Taylor Levine, 302.345.0589.

The internship program is conducted in partnership with the Maryland Delaware DC Press Association, which manages the application process.

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