Summer 2023 internship
Baltimore Witness is a news site that provides transparency of homicide and non-fatal shooting cases in Baltimore, Md., through hard news reporting.
We are opening applications for our 16-week learning internship. Those accepted will hone their writing, research, and data collection skills, all while playing an integral part in providing the
community with detailed information on the city’s crime and legal process.
Full and part-time internship positions are open to students and recent graduates who are
interested in pursuing careers in journalism, sociology, public health, data analysis, or legal fields.
This internship is unpaid; however, we offer college credit. Some travel expenses are reimbursed on a sliding scale. Interns are required to work two days a week minimum.
If interested in applying, please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to the
Editor, Ashleigh Joplin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Deadline/ Virtual Training-Start Date
Round 1: May 5, 2023 / May 15, 2023
Round 2: June 2, 2023 / June 12, 2023
During the 16-week in-person program, interns will:
- Track court cases for homicide and non-fatal shootings
- Attend daily trials, scheduling/bail/mental health court hearings
- Write briefs and long-form articles on cases, data, and trends
- Research and analyze Baltimore City crime-reduction and legal policies
- Interview the families of defendants and victims
- Interview and speak with court employees
- Other administrative responsibilities.
- Expect manageable homework
Editorial Assistant– Entry Level
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
If you are committed to hard news, data reporting and looking to get a taste of editing, we would be delighted to talk to you.
Baltimore Witness is looking for an Assistant Editor to join our team in Baltimore.
We are looking for someone to help us grow the degree of transparency we offer of the local justice system and also help notify the public about local criminal justice issues.
We don’t just cover the big, eye-catching stories. We cover all homicides and
non-fatal shootings in the city equally, picking up the torch where traditional news falters.
Through our coverage and research, underserved communities are given a voice, and families and communities impacted by violent crime are given answers to the state of violent crime in the city.
We are looking for someone who has an interest in the criminal justice process as a journalist. We need someone who is organized, responsible, detail-oriented, and ready for a position with management responsibilities.
Duties will include, but are not limited to:
• Write breaking news on homicides and non-fatal shooting incidents and cases
• First edit of intern articles
• Work with Editor-in-Chief to compile a bi-weekly newsletter
• Track submission of data forms and case notes
• Serve as liaison between BPD and Baltimore Witness
• Manage social media posts/content under direction of Editor
• Track social media and website analytics
• Cover court hearings or trials when needed
• Works closely with Baltimore Witness Editor and Editor-in-Chief on other duties as needed
• Knowledge of basic reporting techniques
• Strong verbal and written skills
• Possess strong attention to detail
• Professional work posting on social media sites is a plus
• Interest in criminal justice system
• Interest in data journalism
This is not a remote position.
The Editorial Assistant position is full-time, Monday-Friday, position with work expected on the occasional weekend. Hours will vary and are subject to change depending on court operations. The successful applicant will report to the Editor and the Editor-in-Chief.
Baltimore Witness is a non-profit news site that tracks homicide and non-fatal shooting cases and incidents in Baltimore City. Our approach is unique by placing trained reporters in every courtroom in the Baltimore City Circuit Courthouse for every hearing on every case.
To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and three writing samples to Noa Gelb at email@example.com.