Bhekisisa, the Mail & Guardian’s Health Journalism Centre, is offering one paid journalism internship for a final year journalism student. If you are interested in health reporting and have a strong academic record, this internship could be for you.
Housed within the Mail & Guardian, Bhekisisa focuses on solutions-based journalism whether as part of narrative writing or news stories.
We aim to produce stories that tell our readers what’s happening, why it’s happening and what can be done to solve problems. We value creative angles and enterprise reporting.
Bhekisisa is currently accepting rolling applications for a two-month paid internship. Successful candidates will be mentored by our team and report to our news editor.
Additional opportunities may avail themselves based on intern performance. In 2016, Nelisiwe Msomi and Joan van Dyk joined Bhekisisa as intern reporters. They now work with the unit permanently as junior health reporters.
"My internship at Bhekisisa was life changing. It gave me an opportunity to see the work of a journalist beyond my varsity textbooks. Every day is a day of learning and growing," says Msomi, who is a journalism graduate from the University of Johannesburg.
"At the end of the day when I leave the office, I know that I have grown as a young journalist. And that's what Bhekisisa is to me as an intern – an institution of learning and growing in the health beat."
Here’s what University of Stellenbosch journalism graduate Van Dyk had to say about the experience and the mentoring she received:
“Nothing can fully prepare you for the tsumami of new information you're confronted with on day one of being a reporter. Luckily for me, my first day was at Bhekisisa.
"The team's dedication and seemingly endless knowledge of the ins and outs of the country's health system had me hooked within days. With the guidance and support of the senior reporters on the team, I learnt what it takes to write a well-researched health pieces that can mainstream the complex issues facing South Africa and the continent. In short, it's a jam-packed internship - and you'll emerge a health news nerd."
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.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS
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 two-month internship between November 2017 and February 2018.
Application deadline: 15 July 2017
Students must send the following as part of their application to [email protected] Incomplete applications will not be considered:
Short-listed candidates will be expected to complete a timed, written test and will be interviewed by our staff.
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