As part of our mission to promote education and the pursuit of excellence in journalism, and to ensure that the voices within the newsroom represent the diversity of the audience, the Washington Press Club Foundation provides opportunities for women and minorities through internships at some of our nation’s most prestigious media companies. These internships include a stipend and are based in Washington D.C. In addition, the foundation produces programming to assist students in preparing for their job search.
Internships and Student Programming
Aspiring Journalists  A series of programming presented by the Washington Press Club Foundation

The Washington Press Club Foundation is pleased to host a series of webinars connecting aspiring journalists to Washington, DC reporters, editors and bureau chiefs. These programs are specifically designed for journalism students to gain practical insights into the changing culture and practices of media organizations as preparation for your future job search.                                 

 To obtain your Zoom link for these webinars email  programs@wpcf.org  

 

March 5, 2021   1 pm EST (10 am PST)

COVERING CHAOS : Skills for Effective Reporting from the Front Lines

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Across the United States protests, marches, and rallies have been the center of recent major news stories.  Reporters covering these events may find themselves in the midst of a demonstration that turns unruly.  How do reporters report the story yet still stay safe? How do newsrooms allocate resources to cover these events?  Many of these recent events focused on racial injustice.  Are newsrooms preparing their news teams and reporting structure to ensure balanced and insightful coverage?  

 

In our first webinar of the series our panel of reporters, who have covered multiple stories from the front lines as they unfolded, will describe their experience and share advice.  We’ll also discuss if calls for more racial diversity in newsrooms are making an impact in this reporting. 

 

April 9, 2021    1 pm EST (10 am PST)

THE FIRST 100 DAYS : Covering a White House Transition and the Role of a White House Reporter

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 On the Panel:
Alexi McCammond, Political Reporter, Axios
Ed O’Keefe, Political Correspondent, CBS News
Sabrina Siddiqui, National Politics Reporter, The Wall Street Journal 
Marianna Sotomayor, Decision 2020 Embed, NBC News
 

The transfer of executive power to a new administration is one of the most important processes in our American democracy.  Journalists assigned to the White House establish sources among an entirely new cast of appointed personnel as well as report on how campaign promises develop into policy directives.  A panel of seasoned White House reporters will discuss the challenges of covering these transitions plus what skills they’ve found helpful to have in advance of this unique period.  They’ll also share how they landed this coveted beat plus what keeps them at the top of their profession.   

April 23, 2021    1 pm EST (10 am PST)

THINK LOCAL :  Jumpstart Your Career at Local News Outlets and Trade Publications 

Many reporters got their start at local newspapers or trade publications. Some journalists parlay these first jobs into positions at national news desk or with a major network. Others have found growing a life-long career at one of these publications to be rewarding and successful as well as equally valuable to their audience as any national news source.  In our third webinar a panel of journalism professionals will share their experiences and offer advice on how these options may be the right fit for your first job in journalism.