The National Press Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free professional development programs to journalists to increase their knowledge of complex issues. NPF seeks a responsible, creative, and detail-oriented intern to assist staff with varied projects. Responsibilities include:
- Assist Digital Media Manager with social media presence, webpage maintenance and creative new media initiatives.
- Research methods for tracking and accumulating fellows’ stories.
- Coordinate with graduated program fellows to develop follow-ups on their work.
- Research, fact-check and prepare content for agency entries in our Washington Beat Book (http://nationalpress.org/programs-and-resources/washington-beat-book/) under the supervision of Director of Programs.
- Support Programs Assistant with logistical planning for all journalist training programs. This will include programs in Washington D.C. and may include international programs, depending on NPF’s developing programs calendar.
- Assist Director of Operations with planning and promoting the 31st Annual Awards dinner.
- Assist with all general needs of the National Press Foundation office.
NPF is looking for a candidate with an interest and/or background in journalism and digital media who is willing to take on diverse projects. This is a great opportunity for the right candidate to gain quality, hands-on work experience and be an integral part of our small staff. Applicants should be aware that this position involves a variety of tasks that are more administrative and desk heavy. The intern should be very self-motivated and eager to take initiative, and add personal detail and creativity to each task. Interns are welcome to attend any and all local NPF journalist training programs. The right candidate could be an upper-level undergraduate, graduate student, recent graduate or young professional looking to gain more experience.
Additional Qualifications Needed:
- Interest in journalism required with journalism experience preferred
- Strong research and writing skills
- Great attention to detail, initiative, time-management skills and ability to prioritize tasks
- Knowledge of and experience with Excel, Microsoft office including Publisher and Photoshop
- Added experience in html and Expression Engine a plus
- Ability to coordinate effectively with several outside parties
- Interest in business and digital marketing
- Language skills a plus
NPF is looking for an intern to start sometime in January. Internship may last until May/June 2014 or may be extended into the summer should both the intern and NPF be agreeable. Part-time (at least 20 hours per week) or Full-time hours (40 hours per week) are preferred, although some flexibility may be possible. A stipend will be provided and will be determined based on the work schedule established (typically $500 per month for part time work and $1000 per month for full time work).
To apply, please email a resume, cover letter and short writing sample (500 words or less) to email@example.com. All application materials will be considered on a rolling basis until January 1, 2014.
WASHINGTON: Philanthropist and financial investor Evelyn Y. Davis has given a $1 million grant to the National Press Foundation to create state of the art digital broadcast studios. In appreciation the foundation will name the facility the Evelyn Y. Davis Studios, which will be used to record and edit NPF’s increasing number of digital presentations.
“This is a remarkable gift, showing Mrs. Davis’ foresight and understanding of the evolving needs of journalists in the modern world,” said John Walcott, chairman of the National Press Foundation and Team Leader for National Security and Foreign Affairs for Bloomberg News.
“This grant will enable us to do things we have only been able to dream about,” said Bob Meyers, president of the foundation. “It will help us produce additional professional quality webinars and broadcasts with ease, enhancing the work of journalists worldwide.”
An estimated 600,000 page views of the NPF website (www.nationalpress.org) or other platforms, such as Scribd, are seen annually, and now will be seen as having been produced at the Evelyn Y. Davis Studios.
“I have known the National Press Foundation for many years and admire their work. I am glad to help,” Mrs. Davis said.
The National Press Foundation is an independent 501-c-3, founded in 1975, which produces professional development programs for journalists in Washington, around the U.S. and throughout the world.
The National Press Foundation strongly endorses recommendations made by the Committee to Protect Journalists after documenting serious threats to press freedoms by the Obama Administration.
“This is the issue of our time. A free flow of information is critical for the actions of a true democracy, and that begins with journalists’ ability to research, interview and publish without fear of intimidation,” said John Walcott, chairman of the board of the National Press Foundation, and Team Leader for National Security and Foreign Affairs at Bloomberg News.
The Committee issued a detailed report Thursday October 10 detailing a “pattern of actions by the Obama Administration that have chilled the flow of information on issues of great public interest,” the report stated. The report was written by former Washington Post executive editor Leonard Downie Jr. with reporting by Sara Rafsky.
Among the six recommendations:
· Guarantee that journalists will not be at legal risk or prosecuted for receiving confidential or classified information.
· Prevent the filing of unnecessary, overly broad, and/or secret subpoenas to obtain journalists’ records.
· Be more forthcoming about the scope and nature of the National Security Agency and other surveillance activities as they apply to journalists.
The 30-page report is available online through the CPJ website, www.cpj.org. The National Press Foundation is an independent journalism organization based in Washington, D.C.
At last! Something that can unite Fourth Amendment absolutists with mandatory handgun registration supporters, plutocratic industrialists and I-can-only-afford-Walmart consumers, Walmart-and-Amazon boards of directors, and, oh yes, journalists.
Why, it’s the Obama Administration’s willingness to gather phone records and other data on people it thinks are up to no good, might be up to no good, might be blowing a whistle, or are otherwise stepping on post-9/11 turf.
Government control of what the public knows, and the battle to keep the channels open, is unfortunately becoming normal:
· On Thursday October 10 the Committee to Protect Journalists will release a report on the government’s war on reporters and what journalists are doing to fight back. The Post published a preview of the report last Sunday by former Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr.
· The ATF agent who blew the whistle on the “Fast and Furious” gun-running operation at the border in which two Border Patrol agents were killed by guns sold by other agents to Mexican drug dealers is being denied the ability to receive money for a book he’s written on the operation. Reason? Bad for morale. The ACLU has filed a protest on his behalf.
· The jaw-dropper of this year, of course, is the revelation that the government obtained phone records of more than 100 Associated Press reporters working on unspecified stories without obtaining search warrants. "There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters,” AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said. “These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP's newsgathering operations and disclose information about AP's activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know.”
So here’s what I’m thinking, however Orwellian it might sound. Under the theory that the government gets to unilaterally decide what it needs to know, and has figured out how to avoid (or ignore) scrutiny, this is what we might get:
· Credit card records of all members of the National Rifle Association, to see who is buying AR 15 assault rifle east of the Mississippi; phone records of all mandatory gun registration supporters east of the Mississippi to anticipate whether a lawsuit might be filed temporarily stopping sales on an emergency basis.
· Industrialists might discover their plans for future plant expansion are being monitored by government agents concerned about increased environment stresses; consumers might have a friend inside a federal or state agency to tell them about those plans.
· Boards of directors and all their interlocking interests discover that Someone is watching them.
You get the idea. Yes, it’s far-fetched, but not when you look at what we’ve recently learned.
But look at this: the press is given the protection of the First Amendment on behalf of the people, to ask questions, find things, and report back what they’ve learned. Journalism is a privileged class only as it works on behalf of democracy’s citizens. To do that it needs to operate freely, without Big Brother in the background.
NPF fulfills the training part of its mission through programs and webinars. These are a few we have recently on the general topic:
· Legislative Update on Cyber- Security http://bit.ly/16vaFXV
· Understanding the Invisible Internet http://bit.ly/1bUJgzB
· Cyber threats: Range and Impact panel discussion http://bit.ly/1hzeFrP
· National Declassification Center- Sheryl J. Shenberger (slide presentation) http://bit.ly/17dKXnA.
Open Awards at the National Press Foundation
Apply online at: nationalpress.org/awards/
Presented at the NPF Awards Dinner: March 5, 2014.
Applications deadline: 5pm on Tuesday, October 15, 2013
To recognize the federal government’s effect on local business and economic life; showcase work that shows originality, depth of reporting and an appreciation of economic issues at the federal and local levels. Award of $5,000
Open to editorial cartoonists of newspapers, websites, magazines and blogs in the U.S. for printed or animated work that exhibits power to influence public opinion, plus good drawing and striking effect. The winner will receive a $2,500 prize and an engraved crystal vase.
Given to an active broadcaster for a body of quality work in video or audio journalism. The award may recognize an individual's accomplishment in field reporting, producing, writing or work at the anchor desk. $5,000
Open to an editor at any level, the Bradlee is made in recognition of imagination, professional skill, ethics and an ability to motivate staff -- qualities that produce excellence in media. $5,000
This award will be presented to an individual journalist or a media organization for outstanding use of online technology producing quality journalism. $2,500
Recognizes individuals whose print or broadcast work shows thoughtful appraisal and insight into the workings of the U.S. Congress. $5,000 for each category