Resources at the School:
The Journalism School maintains a number of useful resources for students, alumni and other journalists, including information on internships and jobs for young journalists as well as mid-career options such as fellowships.
For nearly a decade, the J-School has had a unique partnership with the PBS public affairs documentary series “FRONTLINE.” FRONTLINE West, a working production unit of the series within the school, has become the vital hub of a mentoring/apprenticeship program. Experienced “FRONTLINE” producers in-residence produce and edit both hour-long programs and segments for the new international magazine series “FRONTLINE/World.”
These master-class journalists work with J-School students and graduates who are hired as field producers, associate producers, assistant editors, researchers and videographers. The teams experience the real world of documentary television production—long hours in the field, frustrating attempts to get subjects to go on camera, all-night edit sessions and the thrill of seeing the project go live on more than 300 PBS stations around the country.
Among the many projects that have come out of FRONTLINE West is the special series “Drug Wars” that won a Peabody, DuPont and Emmy Award. Students have worked as associate producers and videographers on other “FRONTLINE” programs produced at the school, including “Secrets of the SAT,” “Blackout” and “Modern Meat.”
One of the most exciting opportunities for students is the new “FRONTLINE/World” Web site, where original video, audio, print and still photography projects are published on a regular schedule independent of the television broadcast. The “FRONTLINE/World” Fellows Program funded by the Carnegie Corporation provides stipends to students to pursue international reporting projects. The goals of the program are to pair student reporters and filmmakers with experienced “FRONTLINE/World” editors and senior producers to give them hands-on training and mentoring, and to provide them the opportunity to broadcast and publish their work on the series’ Web site and, on occasion, a future broadcast.
This experiment has allowed several graduates of the broadcast program to produce and report their own stories—from the Miss World contest in Nigeria that sparked riots between Muslims and Christians, to the story of a young illegal migrant who died crossing the treacherous Sonoran desert from Mexico into Arizona, to the political oppression of China’s Muslim Uighur population. In 2004, three of the original eight Fellows Projects were awarded Society for Professional Journalists Awards for in-depth graduate student work. Another received an award from the Society for Environmental Journalists.
As part of a major grant from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, the J-School will also be working with “FRONTLINE” on a series on the state of the media, seeking to document how the American media have evolved to their current state of crisis. Internships and job opportunities for students and recent graduates will be available.
Why did you decide to apply to and attend the J-School?
I just missed the digital media boat during college, so I wanted to come back to school to develop some multimedia and web skills. Berkeley is one of the best schools for my interests and was my first choice for graduate school. Read more