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Patch + Dow Jones News Fund = Best Internship Ever!

At Patch we love our interns and all the ideas, enthusiasm and variety of backgrounds that they bring to our company. And in turn we work hard to give them an incredible experience that they'll never forget, regardless of where their career ultimately takes them.

Over the last few years we've sent a small number of our interns to Digital Workshops sponsored by the Dow Jones News Fund (DJNF). This year we're thrilled to announce that through an expanded partnership with DJNF, all 40 of our interns will be automatically accepted into this Patch-specific program. The program is held at Western Kentucky University and is led by Dr. Pam Johnson and other staff members.

In addition to working alongside Patch Local Editors and learning how to run a community website, Patch interns will attend workshops where they will work in teams of three to produce enterprise stories for the Web. Team websites will focus on digital storytelling via text, photos, video, audio, mash-ups and data visualization.

The intern teams will practice "knowledge-based reporting"; teams will use research studies from Journalist's Resource for story background. The Harvard University Kennedy School produces Journalist's Resource.

The news teams will produce storyboards prior to conducting week-long fieldwork and website production. Also, interns will attend Web software and production

The workshop staff will include: Dr. Pam McAllister Johnson, Western Kentucky University, Director and Writing Coach; Ron DeMarse, Western Kentucky University, Video and Audio Coach; Nancie Dodge, Arizona State University, Photo, Web Production and Design Coach and Linda Johnson, Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper, Computer Assisted Reporting and Mash-up Coach.

Upon completion of the DJNF workshop and Patch internship, interns returning to school will receive a $1,000 scholarship. They will also join a network of over 50,000 DJNF alumni providing them with resources and support as they embark on their journeys post-college.

In short, we want our internship program to be a fantastic way to launch a career in Journalism, and thanks to the efforts of our amazing staff and the DJNF, we're getting better every year. Patch believes in investing in journalists, and we're proud to offer this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

(To apply, visit or email with your resume, cover letter and 2 or 3 relevant writing samples.)

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