2014 - Spring

Bedford and Bowery

Course Number: JOUR-GA 1290.005

Day & Time: Paid internship, minimum two-day commitment

Location: 7th floor

Instructor: Daniel Maurer

This paid opportunity – available each semester to a select number of grad students and recent graduates – allows you to write for New York magazine’s Bedford + Bowery. The “best new local blog” (per L magazine) covers the East Village, Lower East Side, North Brooklyn, and beyond.

This course can be taken as an internship for 1, 2, 3, or 4 credits (counting toward your internship credits) or as an elective for 4 credits (counting as academic credits that need not go toward your internship credits but are the equivalent of a 4-credit class). Either way, you will be required to commit two full days per week to the site.  

We’re seeking reporters that are eager to produce lively, engaging, and timely stories about some of the city’s great neighborhoods. Applicants will ideally be savvy about the neighborhoods listed above or at the very least eager to explore them to the hilt, with an eye for news minutia as well as larger stories in the areas of education, politics, crime, housing and real estate, arts and culture, and business openings and closings, to name just some of our areas of coverage. You should be able to cultivate sources and write quickly and accurately, with an engaging, “bloggy” tone and sense of humor when appropriate.  

This internship will require that you act as a news runner two days per week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.You’ll be on call at 20 Cooper Square to report stories as assigned by the site’s editor. Since you’ll also be encouraged to pitch stories and even come up with ideas for regular columns during editorial meetings, creative thinking and a familiarity with the blogosphere is a plus. We’re looking for someone who is proactive, eager to share ideas, and has a sense of fun. But above all, the site strives to be the first to report neighborhood news in a competitive environment; you should be able to thrive under tight deadlines and turn around copy that meets the standards of New York magazine, editors of which will work closely with the site in case a story warrants pick-up across other New York magazine blogs or in the newspaper. You should expect to write at least one story per day, and be able to work on longer features while also producing shorter items.

Applicants should be competent in digital photography, since they’ll be expected to take photos for stories; experience with video reporting and editing is a plus, as is a familiarity with social media. In addition to reporting duties, you may be asked to create event listings, link dumps, and the like.

Please register with Charles Reinhardt and also send a copy of your C.V. and any relevant clips to the editor, Daniel Maurer, at danielm@nyu.edu.