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 receive your link to attend any or all of the webinars in our 2021-2022 series email:  programs@wpcf.org  

 

October 22, 2021   1 pm EST (10 am PST)

PUBLIC INTEREST OR NEWS BIAS: Why do Some Stories Dominate and Others Fade Away? 

Recently the story of a young, White woman missing from a camping trip with her boyfriend dominated news cycles.  Why? Does audience interest drive this attention or is the need to cover click-bait type stories coming from within the newsrooms?  Does lack of diversity in the newsroom play into these decisions?   Are newsrooms responding properly to the need for diverse voices to ensure fair and accurate reporting?  Of equal importance, are diverse sources, which add viewpoints that may not be traditionally covered in the mainstream media, included to balance these stories?  In our first webinar of the series our panel of experts will share how they navigate the fascination for these national obsessions with equal and fair news coverage  Also learn how to improve your skills by developing diverse sources in your reporting. 

 

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November 5, 2021    1 pm EST (10 am PST)

POLICY AND POLITICAL REPORTING  : Adding Policy Expertise to Your Resume to Better Your Job Prospects

Understanding and interpreting policy decisions for an audience is useful for any reporter covering politics or national news. A background in policy or a specific beat will not only help your resume stand out from others but can also lead to some unexpected and successful career paths. Join us as our panel of seasoned journalists share how they used their knowledge of leading policy issues to land an entry level job or build a successful career as a policy expert and published author.  Learn how you can begin, through college course selection, personal study, or on the job experience, to grow your knowledge of policy and enhance your resume. 


November 19, 2021    1 pm EST (10 am PST)

SOCIAL MEDIA:  From Reporting Tool to Managing Your Brand

Twitter and other social media platforms are mandatory for most working journalists.  How can these be used to broaden and improve your reporting? Where are the boundaries?  These boundaries shift depending on the policy set by individual newsrooms, how are these policies made and are they shifting over time?  As a new reporter how do you protect future job opportunities from your tweets of today?  Can you call out authority while protecting your online impartiality and future job prospects?  Can you tweak controversy without becoming a story yourself?  Join our panel of journalists who have found themselves working through all of these difficult questions.  

October 22, 2021   1 pm EST (10 am PST)
PUBLIC INTEREST OR NEWS BIAS: Why do Some Stories Dominate and Others Fade Away? 
Recently the story of a young, White woman missing from a camping trip with her boyfriend dominated news cycles.  Why? Does audience interest drive this attention or is the need to cover click-bait type stories coming from within the newsrooms?  Does lack of diversity in the newsroom play into these decisions?   Are newsrooms responding properly to the need for diverse voices to ensure fair and accurate reporting?  Of equal importance, are diverse sources, which add viewpoints that may not be traditionally covered in the mainstream media, included to balance these stories?  In our first webinar of the series our panel of experts will share how they navigate the fascination for these national obsessions with equal and fair news coverage  Also learn how to improve your skills by developing diverse sources in your reporting. 
November 5, 2021    1 pm EST (10 am PST)
 
POLICY AND POLITICAL REPORTING  : Adding Policy Expertise to Your Resume to Better Your Job Prospects
Understanding and interpreting policy decisions for an audience is useful for any reporter covering politics or national news. A background in policy or a specific beat will not only help your resume stand out from others but can also lead to some unexpected and successful career paths. Join us as our panel of seasoned journalists share how they used their knowledge of leading policy issues to land an entry level job or build a successful career as a policy expert and published author.  Learn how you can begin, through college course selection, personal study, or on the job experience, to grow your knowledge of policy and enhance your resume. 
November 19, 2021    1 pm EST (10 am PST)
Social Media:  From Reporting Tool to Managing Your Brand
Twitter and other social media platforms are mandatory for most working journalists.  How can these be used to broaden and improve your reporting? Where are the boundaries?  These boundaries shift depending on the policy set by individual newsrooms, how are these policies made and are they shifting over time?  As a new reporter how do you protect future job opportunities from your tweets of today?  Can you call out authority while protecting your online impartiality and future job prospects?  Can you tweak controversy without becoming a story yourself?  Join our panel of journalists who have found themselves working through all of these difficult questions.  
 
To view past webinars: 
 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

 

 

To view the recordings of last season's webinars: 

 

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. 

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

 

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

   Click here to watch a recording of this webinar.

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.   


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

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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.