[Internships] cc @absw Help Me Investigate blog offers short term internships – support journalist and a community mgr

Help Me Investigate is a bit cool – it’s ‘crowdsourced investigative journalism’ where people can sign up and find something out, and share it for others to write about. I participated in one on 0845 numbers.

I’ve put the job descriptions below – each job is for 1-3 weeks.

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Internships at Help Me Investigate

More information here http://helpmeinvestigate.posterous.com/internships-at-help-me-investigate

Are you looking for experience in investigative journalism or community management? We are currently looking for interns to spend a week or two working at Help Me Investigate. 

The internships are for a Support Journalist and a Community Manager. Role descriptions can be found at the links.

As part of the role you will gain experience in investigating issues of public interest, and supporting online communities.

The internship can be done online although you may be required to attend meetings with other members of the team. You’ll need to be able to work on your own initiative to support investigations, with the support and guidance of the Help Me Investigate team.

If you’re interested email Paul Bradshaw on paul@helpmeinvestigate.com with a CV and any other relevant information.

—————————– Support Journalist job ———————–

Job Description: Support Journalist (Intern)

 

Job Title

 

     Support Journalist

Objective

To support users of HMI in pursuing investigations within the limits of the law. 

Accountable to

Editorial Director (Paul Bradshaw)

Responsible for

Working relationships

The SJ will work with the Community Support internally, and with agencies such as news organisations, legal firms and activist organisations externally.

Key result areas

  • offer editorial support and guidance to users, 
  • Write guidance for users of the site
  • Write other supporting materials where required
  • Set challenges or their equivalents, e.g. ‘Write a typical answer’; ‘Fill in this gap of information’; ‘Verify this information’; Submit an FOI request
  • In some instances, where a story is particularly serious and requires secrecy, the SJ will take an investigation ‘offline’ and help the proposer in pursuing it, most likely by suggesting people they might contact. If there are legal implications in doing this, they may point the user to a generic page dealing with such investigations.

Key tasks

Submit monthly report on activity and role

Core skills

Interest in helping people and exploring structures of power

Understanding of legal issues or a willingness to learn about them

Time Horizon

1-3 weeks

————————— Community Support job ————————

Job Description: Community Support

Job Title

 

     Community Support

Objective

To support users of HMI in building support for investigations within the limits of the law. 

Accountable to

Editorial Director (Paul Bradshaw) or Community Director (Nick Booth)

Responsible for

Working relationships

The CJ will work with the Support Journalist internally, and with agencies such as funding organisations, legal firms and activist organisations externally.

Key result areas

  • to help organise and motivate users; 
  • to build and manage partnerships with organisations; 
  • bridging the digital divide, using video and mobile technologies to give a voice to those who are not online,

Key tasks

n/a

Core skills

Understanding of legal issues or willingness to learn

Experience of or interest in online and offline communities

Media production skills

Time Horizon        

1-3 weeks

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