Posted on August 24, 2010
New York Times seeks multimedia journalism interns
Poking around in The New York Times’s job listings, I found this description of three distinct internships “in the Web Newsroom of The New York Times”:
- Motion Design Storyteller: working knowledge of AfterEffects and Photoshop in producing motiongraphics. Final Cut a plus. We are looking for someone to help grow the motion design side of storytelling. So applicant must have a strong sense of timing and narrative and have the ability to implement a variety of creative styles.
- Interactive Flash Journalist: Advanced programming knowledge and experience in Flash and ActionScript 3. Experience with Photoshop and Illustrator is a plus.
When I tell journalists and journalism students that skills such as these are important to the future of their career, I catch a lot of flak. Frankly, I’m a little tired of hearing that there is no need for journalists to learn these skills. This is storytelling. This is what the ability to type on a typewriter was in 1970.
As Ann Landers used to write in her advice column: Wake up and smell the coffee!
Update (10:30 a.m.): Then I found an ad for a reporter at The Times-News of Hendersonville, N.C., “a New York Times-owned media company” that describes itself as “a print and 24/7 online newsroom that produces a 14,000 circulation daily newspaper and a website with about 2 million pageviews a month”:
Our reporters cover beats, work on enterprise projects, post stories to the Web and shoot video. Our staff works as a team and reporters are often asked to cover other beats as well as breaking news. The right candidate will have a passion for journalism and multimedia, a strong sense of community journalism and the ability to develop sources and go beyond routine meeting coverage.