If you are interested in health reporting and have a strong academic record, this internship could be for you.
In September 2015, Bhekisisa expanded its health coverage to the rest of the African continent. In March 2016, the centre launched its own website. Our Johannesburg-based reporters travel to other African countries and Bhekisisa staff are also mentoring journalists across Africa to empower them to file solutions-based health features. Moreover, we work with health policymakers, activists and researchers to write opinion pieces. Bhekisisa’s stories are published on our website, the Mail & Guardian’s website, M&G Africa’s website, as well as in the weekly newspaper edition of the Mail & Guardian.
Bhekisisa is currently accepting rolling applications for three paid internship positions. Each intern will be mentored by a senior reporter or editor. Specifically, we are looking for the following positions:
Prospective candidates must be final year journalism students at a university or journalism students studying towards an honours journalism degree. Students must be available to complete a four-week internship between November 2016 and January 2017.
The deadline for applications is 23 September, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so students are encouraged to apply early.
Students must send the following as part of their application to [email protected]
Internship descriptionsMultimedia Intern
The candidate should have strong news instincts with an interest in health, podcast, video and photo skills, a better-than-average grasp of the English language, and should be dynamic, confident and reliable.
PURPOSEProduce original multimedia content for Bhekisisa and work with African correspondents and Bhekisisa reporters on videos, slideshows and podcasts.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
SKILLS & BEHAVIOURAL ATTRIBUTES
Print Intern Journalist
The candidate should have strong news instincts with an interest in health and a desire to explore narrative and feature writing. The person should have a better-than-average grasp of the English language, and should be reliable, open to feedback and be able to work independently as well as time manage.
Produce original news and feature print and online content for the Bhekisisa website and the Mail & Guardian newspaper.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS
Print / Social Media Intern Journalist
The candidate should have strong news instincts and news writing abilities. This person has an interest in health and strong desire to understand more about the use of social media within journalism as well as web analytics.
Produce regular short, health news pieces as well as social media content for the Bhekisisa website as well as official social media accounts. There is some space to work on longer features for online and the newspaper.
Pontsho Pilane explains why women may choose a Caesarean section over a vaginal birth, especially in the private sector.
A doctor shortage in war-torn Mozambique paved the way for a new breed of surgeons that have slashed deaths among new mothers.
A novel and easy way to disinfect water using freely available solar power is helping to combat the spread of disease in developing countries.
Bhekisisa means "to scrutinise" in Zulu
In South Africa, Zulu patients who would like to be thoroughly assessed by a doctor, would ask the physician to "bhekisisa" them.