September 19, 2007

TIME OUT: I Want My MTV

From my contact at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists:
MTV News Seeks Journalists to Cover the '08 Election

Citizen Journalists! Visionaries! Vloggers! This is your year. More than ever, the presidential candidates know that every vote counts, and that local campaign stops can be covered and spread worldwide by anyone with a cell phone. You have power.

As part of our collaboration with The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Knight News Challenge, MTV News is looking for one aspiring reporter from every state and Washington, D.C., to be part of our Choose or Lose team. We know that you're already hitting the streets and doing this work. Now we want to give you the chance to represent your state by joining a national team of journalists in covering this unprecedented election year from a youth perspective.

Ideal candidates will have their finger on the pulse of issues that are important to young people in their state and be passionate about politics and the possibilities of new technology. Strong writing and reporting skills are a must; distinct voice and authoritative point of view… even better.

We'll load you up with some production gear and bring you to MTV's headquarters in New York City for orientation. In return, you will be expected to work in a paid, part-time capacity to file video, written, or graphical stories weekly throughout the election year. Your pieces will be posted online and spread to mobile devices, and the top stories will be broadcast on MTV, MTV2, MTVU or MTV Tres each week.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation promotes journalism excellence worldwide and invests in the vitality of the communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers.

Requirements:
  • You must be at least 18 years old by December '07.
  • You must reside in the state you are covering from January '08-November '08
  • You must have the time and ability to travel within your state and file at least one video, written, or graphical story per week.
Applications can be filled out and submitted at Think MTV

The application deadline is September 26, 2007.

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