Would you like to help make a difference in local news? Want to experiment on how a news organization reaches people? Have a crazy idea or two... or more?
Come to THE CITY (THECITY.nyc). We’re an independent nonprofit news platform dedicated to serving the people of New York through hard-hitting journalism. And we’re looking for a current graduate or undergraduate student to serve as our paid summer engagement intern.
We launched in April 2019. We cover the five boroughs and the halls of power. We break news and drill down into issues affecting New Yorkers.
We ask residents for help in our reporting. We take our newsroom out into the city — though mostly virtual right now. We got a traffic signal fixed. And we’ve even won a few awards (if that’s important to you).
At THE CITY, “engagement” isn’t just a euphemism for social media or monitoring web analytics. Engagement here means we’re focused on meeting people where they are, listening to what they say and using that to produce responsive, inclusive local news.
You would report to Terry Parris Jr., THE CITY’s engagement director, and help him scheme, lead and execute the best way/s to reach people with news and information. This can take many forms — everything from Twitter threads, writing newsletters, building questionnairesand reading every response, finding communities online and off, facilitating community conversations, organizing community gatherings and, yes, reporting stories.
It’s a lot. But it’s a lot of fun.
If you’re interested in getting your hands dirty at the local level, reaching New Yorkers and meeting them where they are — digitally and in real life, you should apply.
Please note: Share clips, projects or initiatives that demonstrate *some* of the above. We understand you might not hit all of these points. That’s OK — apply anyway. We’re looking for people who have some of this experience, and are excited and willing to learn the rest.
THE CITY is committed to diversity and especially encourages members of underrepresented communities to apply. We offer equal opportunity employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, marital status, or protected veteran status.
To apply, click below to fill out our application form. You’ll need to upload a resume and cover note via the form, as well as provide links to work samples. If you have any questions, please email Terry Parris Jr. at firstname.lastname@example.org.