Category Archives: Journalism

Diversity in arts internship

Bravo Greater Des Moines was formed in 2004 by a collaboration of nine central Iowa local governments to provide reliable funding and leadership to the arts, culture and heritage community. This summer, Bravo Greater Des Moines will host Americans for the Arts’ (AftA) Diversity in Arts Leadership internship program (DIAL).  For nearly 20 years this has been a successful program in New York City.  By 2022, AftA would like to activate seven additional communities to adopt the program in order to expand access to those traditionally untapped for arts leadership around the country.  Des Moines is one of the first two national pilot sites.

Bravo’s goal is to match seven interns with host organizations in Greater Des Moines for summer 2019.

Applications are now open for interns interested in participating in DIAL this summer.  This is a paid internship ($4,500 for 10 weeks) and is a wonderful opportunity for students to make a difference in DSM.  The intern application can be found here:

 The intern application deadline is Feb. 13.



Fellowship promotes diversity in journalism

Named after the pioneering African-American investigative reporter, the Ida B. Wells Fellowship is designed to promote diversity in journalism by helping to create a pipeline of investigative reporters who bring diverse backgrounds, experiences and interests, to their work. Winners are chosen by an annual competition.

The Ida B. Wells Fellowship provides five reporters each year with a $12,000 stipend, plus $4,000 in bonus payments, and access to a Type Investigations editor who will advise them throughout the process of producing their first substantial work of investigative reporting. The one-year fellowship also covers travel and other reporting costs associated with the project and the costs associated with attending the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in June, as well as a one-week data  bootcamp through the National Institute of Computer Assisted Reporting. Each fellow will also enjoy access to research resources, legal counsel, professional mentoring, fact-checking, and assistance with story placement and publicity. The fellowship is a one-time educational opportunity and is non-renewable.

Journalists of color are strongly encouraged to apply, as are other reporters who believe their presence would contribute substantially to diversifying the field of investigative reporting. The fellowship is open to entry-level or mid-career journalists. Recent journalism school graduates, journalism students or journalism interns are eligible to apply, as are reporters in other fields seeking to pivot to investigative reporting. Applicants may be freelance journalists or journalists currently employed by a media outlet. 

The deadline for the 2019 application is March 1.

We are looking for reporters:

  • who have great story ideas, a passion for holding the powerful accountable, and an appetite for digging.
  • with the demonstrated ability to produce a narrative feature for print or broadcast.
  • who would relish the opportunity to closely collaborate with editors.
  • with the persistence, attentiveness to detail, and organizational skills to complete a major project within a set timeframe.

Fellows are required to publish or air their projects within one year of the start of the fellowship.  Each project produced during the fellowship must appear in a U.S. media outlet.

About Type Investigations (formerly known as The Investigative Fund): Type Investigations’ mission is to produce high-impact investigative reporting that holds the powerful accountable. We seek to bring underreported stories to light, cultivate diverse journalistic talent, and create a home for independent journalism that serves the public. We are dedicated to enabling independent investigative reporters to produce deeply reported journalism for a wide variety of print, broadcast and digital media outlets. We do this by providing freelance reporters with hands-on editorial guidance, institutional support and funds to cover their travel, time and other reporting costs.

Type Investigations projects have won some of journalism’s top awards, including the Emmy, the Polk, the National Magazine Award, the Scripps Howard Award, the IRE Medal, and the Hillman Prize.

About Type Media Center: A nonprofit media center, Type Media Center (formerly known as The Nation Institute) is dedicated to strengthening the independent press and advancing social justice and civil rights. Its programs include Type Investigations; a bestselling book publishing imprint, Bold Type Books; the syndicated website TomDispatch; and Type Fellowships that support over 25 reporters every year.

TIPS: Before applying, we encourage you to check out investigations we have produced in the past at and also to do a thorough search for previous reporting related to your story idea. Please be clear about how your project has the potential to uncover or expose something new and have real world impact. If you have more questions, please refer to our FAQ or email Alissa Figueroa at alissa[at]

Sign up for Iowa Caucus opportunities

Drake will host a nationally televised CNN Town Hall with Sen. Kamala Harris on Monday night, Jan. 28. CNN will be hiring student interns for the event.

If you are interested in working with CNN or any other political and media events during the spring semester, please visit to submit relevant information about yourself and your availability during the spring 2019 semester.  Even if you are not selected to work with CNN, your information will be maintained and provided to any other organization seeking interns.  There is no requirement that you work on any event – Drake will provide visiting organizations information about potential student interns, but the organization will make a final determination about who they wish to hire and any student is free to accept or decline an offer.

Student journalism startup seeks contributors

The Contemporary, a journalism startup committed to empowering collegiate reporters, is looking for long-form journalism stories.

The Contemporary has reported on topics such as the opioid epidemic’s impact on a Vermont community, Central American asylees detained in Texas, and food insecurity on college campuses.

The Contemporary pays a base of $100 per article. It can be found at and pitch individual stories here.

Spring PR intern, World Food Prize

The World Food Prize is recruiting a George Washington Carver PR Intern for Spring 2019.
The duties for this position are included below and can also be found here:
  • Writing and editing press releases, articles, newsletters and other information
  • Researching and developing targeted media lists
  • Outreach to local, national and international media
  • Marketing and promoting World Food Prize events
  • Website content and design
  • Scheduling and updating social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.)
More information about the George Washington Carver Internship can also be found at  

Research assistant, SJMC centennial exhibit

The Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication is looking for a qualified student to conduct research and work with Cowles Library archivists to create an exhibit on the history of the SJMC. The School will celebrate 100 years of journalism education at Drake in 2019-2020, and centennial events will begin with an exhibit and event in Cowles this spring.

The student research assistant will conduct research using SJMC and library  materials to create a timeline of important events in the history of the School; identify and write a narrative to illustrate the School’s story; help University archivists create the display, and work with the dean to organize and publicize the public event to accompany the exhibit. The research assistant will be paid $9/hour and work with SJMC Dean Kathleen Richardson as well as Cowles librarians. Doing the project as an academic independent study for credit is also a possibility.

The qualified student will have a strong work ethic and ability to work independently as well as with others in order to complete this important project. Attention to detail is a must, along with strong writing and editing skills. Design and multimedia skills would be a plus to help with the display.

To apply, please send a resume and brief explanation about why you are interested in and qualified to work on this project to Dean Kathleen Richardson at


Operations assistant, Iowa Radio Reading Information Service for the Blind

TITLE: Operations Assistant

SUMMARY: The Operations Assistant will ensure continuous delivery of Iowa Radio Reading Information Service for the Blind and Print Handicapped (IRIS) programming, maintain IRIS’s warm and welcoming culture, support daily administrative functions and promote awareness for IRIS.


45% Programming:
Ensure continuous delivery of IRIS programming by:

  • Monitoring the IRIS signal in all forms – broadcast, internet and DTV.
  • Preparing reading materials and studios for volunteer readers.
  • Reading On-Air and recording content as needed.
  • Managing and distributing On-Air announcements.
  • Monitoring equipment to ensure optimal sound quality, balance and volume.
  • Editing programs to exact time and optimal sound quality and volume.
  • Uploading completed programs for broadcast and podcast pages.
  • Updating automation schedule as needed.
  • Downloading programs from approved sources and preparing them for air.
  • Identifying, reporting and troubleshooting issues with IRIS broadcast and internet signals.
  • Preparing receivers for proper distribution thru delivery, post office or other means.
  • Processing receiver returns and managing the receiver inventory.
  • Maintaining a current and accurate database of listeners and all relevant information.
  • Testing and/or setting up Audio Description at venues as requested.

40% Volunteer Management:
Maintain IRIS’s warm and welcoming culture by:

  • Recruiting, training, welcoming and supporting new and current volunteers.
  • Managing regular communications about scheduling and openings with volunteer teams.
  • Communicating volunteer shift vacancies as far in advance as possible.
  • Responding promptly to volunteer communications and inquiries.
  • Maintaining live and recording calendars – both online and physical.
  • Keeping the volunteer database, photo database and mailing lists current and accurate.
  • Providing support needed by volunteers while they are reading or producing programs.
  • Sharing volunteer issues and concerns with the Executive Director.
  • Preparing scripts and equipment for Audio Description performances.

10% Administration:
Support daily administrative functions by:

  • Greeting and directing office visitors and volunteers.
  • Monitoring and responding to email and telephone communications.
  • Ensuring the database is up-to-date and accurate.
  • Monitoring office supply and software inventories.
  • Preparing orders as needed.
  • Gathering data and compiling reports.
  • Attending IRIS board meetings and events as requested.
  • Keeping the IRIS office and studios in clean and presentable form by vacuuming, dusting, sanitizing equipment, furniture and fixtures.

05% Awareness:
Promote awareness for the Iowa Radio Reading Information Service by:

  • Updating Social Media as requested.
  • Assisting with mailings, outreach materials and IRIS events as requested.
  • Assisting with fundraising requests and reports as requested.
  • Presenting information about IRIS services to community groups as requested.
  • Executing other duties and special projects as assigned.


Employee is exposed to normal broadcasting and office conditions. Noise level is moderate.


Classification: Full time.
FLSA Status: Nonexempt (Hourly).
Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 3:30pm (35 hours per week). Available as On Call every other weekend.



  • Reliable transportation to and from office, events and meetings.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google, online calendars and other internet products.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills with adherence to deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with a wide range of people and personalities.
  • Pleasant reading voice.
  • Knowledge of current events.


  • At least one year office administrative support experience.
  • Broadcast, communications or journalism experience.
  • Non-profit organization experience.


Commensurate with experience plus an attractive benefits package.


Position will be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified. Interested applicants should submit their cover letter, resume, salary requirements and contact information for three professional references to Maryfrances Evans, subject “Operations Assistant”, at before 5 p.m. Dec. 14.

IRIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Employer will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the Employer.