Saturday, December 27, 2008

Paid internship @ Reuters Tokyo bureau

Reuters seeks student journalists with a passion for breaking news to work as paid interns in its Tokyo newsroom during the summer of 2009.

"There is nothing like the constant deadline of a news agency to hone your reporting and writing skills," the ad states. "The 10-week internships are a crash course in hands-on business, political and general news reporting. A Reuters internship offers student journalists a global audience of leading media outlets, financial decision-makers and savvy Internet readers with a potential audience of a billion people."

Candidates should have a strong ability to write in English and native or near-native fluency in Japanese. They should be a college senior or graduate student with a background in journalism and an interest in business news writing. Preference will be given to candidates with the right to work in Japan and who plan to base themselves in Tokyo for the summer.

The deadline to apply is March 31, 2009. Apply online ( or e-mail your application to Attach cover letter, resume and news clippings in English.

While there is no guarantee of future employment at the end of the internship, Reuters notes that it has a track record of retaining the best of its summer interns.

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

World's 2nd-largest paper seeks D.C. news assistant

The Asahi Shimbun, a Tokyo-based daily newspaper with a circulation over 8 million, seeks a news assistant for its Washington, D.C. bureau.

"Duties include assisting our Washington-based diplomatic correspondents with articles by conducting thorough background research, attending press briefings, gathering news and views, arranging interviews, and closely following developments in the area of U.S. defense and security, primarily covering the Pentagon," the job advertisement says. "Some administrative support, such as transcribing interviews and other assignments, is also required."

Japanese language is helpful but not required. The position pays about $40,000 along with overtime. It also includes benefits.

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Int'l development fellowship for young journalists

The Development Executive Group is offering a fellowship for students and recent graduates who are interested in both journalism and international development. Fellows will receive a stipend and work 3 to 6 months in Manila, Tokyo, Barcelona or Washington, D.C. Responsibilities include conducting interviews and online research in order to write practical articles about international development for web publication. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2009. Unpaid internships are also available.

-Mark Grabowski

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