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  • Journalism
  • Summer
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  • 2013

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ABOUT PATCH:
We’re Patch, the trusted voice for local news and community engagement. We inform and connect the residents in our communities and simplify their everyday lives. We launched with just 3 sites in February 2009, and now are in more than 900 communities in 23 states across the country! Patch is revolutionizing the way neighbors connect with each other, their communities and the national conversation. We have more than 13 million unique visitors each month, a 30% increase in traffic year-over-year, and are continuing to grow. Patch is relentlessly focused on enhancing our platform to provide the best news and information, and to encourage users to interact. Our audience is engaged, and attractive to marketers looking to raise awareness, increase consideration and drive sales.
Patch is a premier brand within AOL’s portfolio of leading content sites. We are an entrepreneurial, start-up culture and, at the same time, able to leverage the scale and resources of our parent company. AOL is one of the largest producers of quality digital content and one of the world’s leading sellers of premium display advertising. Other brands in its portfolio include The Huffington Post, HuffPost Live, TechCrunch, Engagdet, MapQuest, Stylelist, KitchenDaily, Style Me Pretty, MAKERS, Gdgt, and so much more.

GIVING BACK:
You can't truly serve a community unless you provide the help it needs most, which is why giving back is so important to us. We do it as part of our coverage — in a dedicated space that lets local charities and volunteers find each other — and with a program called "Give 5," through which we donate advertising space to charitable organizations and contribute our own time as volunteers. Out teams care about and live in Patch communities. After Hurricane Sandy, our Local Editors listened to their communities about what their needs were. This resulted in a global corporate initiative to get badly needed goods to those areas most affected.

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About Editorial Internships
Patch.com is looking for smart, innovative journalists to join our team as editorial interns for summer 2013. We see this as nothing less than the future of online journalism. Our internships provide a great mix of hands-on work experience, professional development opportunities and social networking. This year we are also thrilled to announce that through an expanded partnership with Dow Jones News Fund, all 40 interns are automatically accepted into a Patch-specific program. Patch interns will attend a weeklong workshop where they will work in teams to produce enterprise stories for the Web. Team websites will focus on digital storytelling via text, photos, video, audio, mash-ups and data visualization. All students returning to school that fall will also receive a $1,000 scholarship.

This is a 12-week full-time, paid internship located in the Vienna, Oakton and Fairfax City area. We have openings in locations across the U.S.

Your role:
Work with our Local Editor to learn how to run a community Web site – developing content, reporting, writing, editing, shooting pictures and video, promoting Patch in the community, attracting user-generated content, engaging the community through social media, and posting content.

Provide trusted news and information that improves people’s lives.

Collaborate with Patch colleagues to produce important news, features and enterprise journalism, and create new ways to engage the communities we serve.

Produce a summer-long project to present to Patch Senior Leadership at the conclusion of your summer.

Required skills:
Demonstrated reporting and writing experience, either with campus media, or through internships or freelance assignments;

“Bull-doggish” reporting instincts and a willingness to ask tough questions of important people;

Mastery of social media platforms, software and tools;

Experience editing video, producing a Web site and excellent photography skills;

Solid news judgment;

Strong time management and organizational skills;

Can clearly communicate in person and on the Web;

Knowledge and understanding of SEO concepts;

Firm grasp of Associated Press style.

Desired skills:
Passionate about the Web, social networking, and of course community journalism;

Active consumer of online media;

Able to quickly grasp the interests, rhythms and identity of a community;

Thrive in a fast-paced environment and have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and drive;

Must be a flexible, independent, self-starter – you’ll work from home, the coffee shop, your car, the high school football game.

Unique requirements:
Must own, or have access to a car

Ability and willingness to work various hours outside of the typical M-F and 9-5

Education:
Candidates must be a rising undergraduate junior or senior, recent graduate (Dec 2012 or later), or graduate student.

Journalism majors are encouraged to apply, but open to all students who have journalism experience

* This is a full-time, paid summer internship beginning June 2013. Patch Media is an AOL Company. AOL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other classification prescribed by applicable law.

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