MetroFocus Internship

News, smart conversations and in-depth reporting from NY & NJ public television.

Airs weekly: Thursdays at 8:30pm on THIRTEEN; Wednesdays at 7:30pm on WLIW21; and Thursdays at 10:30pm on NJTV. Hosted by Rafael Pi Roman.

MetroFocus is an award-winning television and multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York and New Jersey region.  Major areas of coverage include social justice, poverty, sustainability, education, science and technology, the environment, transportation, and the continuing recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

In addition to original reporting, MetroFocus features content from news organizations, including The New York Times, City & State, City Limits, the Wall Street Journal and New York Magazine. Student journalists from universities and colleges, including Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, also contribute additional content to the series.

Host Rafael Pi Roman also conducts in depth interviews with community leaders, authors, government officials, journalists and newsmakers.

MetroFocus special segments include “Solutions,” focused on innovative ideas and programs, and “Listening In,” featuring excerpts from discussions, speeches and panels.

MetroFocus is a production of WLIW21 in association with WNET, parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21.      

MetroFocus is seeking one intern for the summer of 2014 who is committed to local multimedia and television reporting. Interns are expected to work a minimum of three consecutive days per week during summer sessions with preference given to those who can commit to five days per week.

Duties include:

  • Research for television segments.
  • Screening and logging video footage in preparation for edits.
  • Rough offline editing of video footage.
  • Assistance on field video shoots .
  • Assisting staff with maintaining databases, creating scripts and rundowns and managing planning and assignment documents and calendars.
  • Research and writing for the MetroFocus website as assigned.
  • Assisting multimedia producers with slide shows, web content management and news content.


On Twitter: @metrofocus

Please send your resume and cover letter, along with proof of current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program to internships@wnet.org, subject line=”Metrofocus”. Your cover letter needs to explain how your career goals and interests match MetroFocus areas of coverage. You should be specific and show a knowledge or interest in local and regional news.

Qualified candidates only; no phone calls please. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


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