News Producer Internship ProgramSummer/Fall 2023
News is the bedrock of broadcast stations across Indiana. The next generation of news reporters and producers is vital for informing and serving communities across the Hoosier State and beyond.
Today, being a news producer is far more than just reporting what’s happening. Understanding how news copy is gathered, translated to the spoken word, and how reporters, photographers, producers, anchors and assignment editors all work together for broadcasting is critical – as is developing and understanding the latest digital tools and trends.
The Indiana Broadcasters Association funds a 14-week News Producer Internship with member stations to provide a college student the opportunity to learn more about broadcast news production.
A committee of the IBA Board of Directors will review all applications and select a winning internship student for the spring 2023 semester. To be eligible, applicants must:
- Be a current, full-time college student attending an IBA Member Indiana college or university;
- Have at least an overall 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
Application deadline is March 1, 2023.
Sample curriculum for the News Producer:
Week 1: Station orientation, intro to news production systems, wires, video services, control room orientation, assign mentor.
Week 2: What is news, station’s news philosophy, news writing with focus on writing to video and graphics; shadow production staff around news time
Week 3: Check in with mentor, intro to building graphics, how to write engaging slugs and headlines, how to use video and sound for maximum effect
Week 4: Shadowing anchors, how copy translates to spoken word, how to maximize storytelling in studio, start writing draft news copy
Week 5: Check in with mentor, shadow assignment/digital desk, understanding what makes a “good” story
Week 6: Make beat calls, gather information, write for broadcast and digital
Week 7: Understanding social media and digital platforms
Week 8: Shadow reporters, photographers and MMJs, understand demands of field crews
Week 9: Check in with mentor, assist line producers in writing and rundown building, booth newscast
Week 10: Assist producers with rundowns, pitch stories, gather information, booth newscast
Week 11: Shadow special projects/ investigative/consumer units if applicable
Week 12: Run a story meeting, pitch stories, assist line producers, booth newscast
Week 13: Student Choice and/or Additional Material
Week 14: Finish with mentor; Collect Materials for Portfolio
The application deadline is March 1, 2023
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