Central Kentucky News-Journal

CKNJ Journalism Scholars Program

The Central Kentucky News-Journal’s editorial department is now accepting applications for its 2009 Journalism Scholars Program, a 10-week internship program that is offered to a Campbellsville University journalism student during the spring and fall semesters of each academic year.

About the internship:

Interns will be expected to work four hours a week for 10 weeks beginning in September.  Interns will schedule their work hours with the Central Kentucky News-Journal editor.

Interns will report to the newspaper’s editor, but will likely be working with several members of the newspaper staff throughout the program — including the sports editor and staff writers.

Interns may receive academic credit for the program. Prospective interns should check with their journalism program adviser for more information about receiving academic credit.

Who can apply:

Students who are studying communications, journalism or public relations at Campbellsville University.


What will be considered by the newspaper in selecting interns:

--Students’ prior experience working on their schools’ newspapers.

--Students’ GPAs, both within their major and overall.

--How well students do in presenting their future plans and their writing abilities in their application essays.

--Any clips students submit with applications.

--The recommendations of the students’ journalism professors.

--The students’ interviews with the newspaper editor.

The application timeline:

--The News-Journal will provide the CU journalism department with applications before the semester begins.

--Students must return their application with an essay, transcript and two letters of recommendation to their journalism professors at least a week before the deadline.

--Journalism professors will submit the top three applicants from their school to the News-Journal.

--The News-Journal editor will interview top candidates and announce the recipient of the Journalism Scholars Program internship.

Requirements of the internship:

--Four hours of work each week for 10 weeks.

--A minimum of one story per week for publication (a total of 10 stories minimum).

--Attendance at one fiscal court, city council or one school board meeting during the 10-week program.

--One visit to courthouse with courts reporter.

--Attend one meeting of the Central Kentucky News-Journal’s Editorial Board.

How to apply:

--Students should complete the Central Kentucky News-Journal Journalism Scholars Program Internship application, available from their journalism professor, and return it to their professor by the end of the first week of classes.

In the returned application packet, students should have:

— A completed application. — An essay of 1,000 words or less about why they are pursuing a career in journalism.

— A transcript of their college coursework.

— Two letters of recommendation (from someone other than their journalism
professor. Perhaps a previous employer or a professor in another area of study.)


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