Work at the Notebook

The Notebook is not currently hiring, but we do have open freelance and intern positions.

Freelance writers

The Philadelphia Public School Notebook is looking for regular freelance writers to join its growing publishing team. An independent nonprofit news service, the Notebook provides in-depth coverage of local education issues. Its mission is to promote informed community involvement in Philadelphia public schools while advocating for educational quality and equality. We publish six print editions each year and are looking for writers who can contribute to our publications on a regular basis, possibly developing a beat or area of specialization.

If you have solid journalism experience in writing news stories, are knowledgeable about public education issues, and are interested in helping us fulfill our mission, please email your resume, letter of interest, and three of your best clips to notebook@thenotebook.org.

Knowledge of the Philadelphia public school system is required. Writers are paid by the story. We will only consider those candidates who live in the Philadelphia region. Only those applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

We are also looking for the following internship positions: reporter/writer, editorial assistant, website assistant, multimedia or photography intern.

Internships

The Notebook offers internship opportunities throughout the year for students and other individuals interested in community-oriented, advocacy journalism. Interns are involved in all aspects of production, from writing and editing articles to advertising and events planning.

Staff Writer Internship

Position description: The staff writer will gain experience as a reporter covering issues facing the Philadelphia public school system. The staff writer will develop articles for the print editions and website. Tasks include, but are not limited to: conducting interviews, attending, and covering meetings and events, research, and proofreading.

This is a part-time position. The staff writer must be available 8 or more hours/week. Hours are flexible, but applicants must be primarily available during normal weekday business hours.

Qualifications: This position is open to undergraduate or graduate students. Applicant should possess strong written communications skills and an interest in K-12 public education issues, as well as community-oriented, advocacy journalism. Journalism experience highly desired.

Compensation: The Notebook is an approved worksite for students that qualify for state and federal work-study funding. The Notebook will work with your university to determine an hourly wage. Unless you are a college student receiving a work-study grant as part of a financial aid package, this position is unpaid. Alternatively, students may arrange to receive internship course credit or fulfill community service requirements through their work at the Notebook.

How to apply: Applicants for this position are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and set of clippings to notebook@thenotebook.org

Editorial Assistant Internship

Position description: The editorial assistant will gain experience in the fields of independent journalism, multimedia, nonprofit management, and educational activism.

The editorial assistant will support the completion of the pint editions, as well as contribute editorial support to the website in the form of writing and proofreading blog posts. Tasks include, but are not limited to: internet research, writing, editing, and administrative work, which can include assisting with mailings and other small projects.

The editorial assistant must be available for 8 or more hours/week. Hours are flexible, but applicants must be primarily available during normal weekday business hours.

Qualifications: This position is open to undergraduate or graduate students. Applicant should possess strong written communications skills and an interest in K-12 public education issues, as well as community-oriented, advocacy journalism.

Compensation: The Notebook is an approved worksite for students that qualify for state and federal work-study funding. The Notebook can work with your university to determine an hourly wage. Unless you are a college student receiving a work-study grant as part of a financial aid package, this position is unpaid. Alternatively, students may arrange to receive internship course credit or fulfill community service requirements through their work at the Notebook.

How to apply: Applicants for this position are asked to mail, fax or e-mail a cover letter, resume, and writing samples (if available) to notebook@thenotebook.org.

Multimedia/Photography Internship

Position description: The multimedia/photography intern will gain experience in the fields of multimedia, photography, video, and photojournalism. The multimedia/photography intern will support the photography needs of the print edition as well as contribute photos and content for our website and blog. The intern will be responsible for developing multimedia packages as well as covering/shooting regular events that we would report on. There will also be an opportunity for the intern to shadow a veteran photographer to help learn the aspects of shooting subjects dealing with educational justice and activism.

Qualifications: Hours are flexible, but applicants must be primarily available during normal weekday business hours. Applicants should possess strong written communication skills and an interest in K-12 public education issues, as well as community-oriented, advocacy journalism.

For video and other multimedia projects, the Notebook will provide the a flip video camera and the software required to build multimedia packages, but we recommend that applicants have their own equipment with which to shoot still photography. Applicants should be available for approximately 8-16 hours/week. Applicants must be primarily available during normal weekday business hours, but there may be some evening assignments.

Compensation: The Notebook is an approved worksite for students that qualify for state and federal work-study funding. The Notebook will work with your university to determine an hourly wage. Unless you are a college student receiving a work-study grant as part of a financial aid package, this position is unpaid.   Alternatively, students may arrange to receive internship course credit or fulfill community service requirements through their work at the Notebook. If the intern is ineligible for work study or course credit, travel reimbursement is available.

How to apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to notebook@thenotebook.org.

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