Summer 2022 Bartley Fellowship - Books Criticism Internship
The Wall Street Journal's Book Reviews section is seeking beginning journalists-juniors, seniors or recent graduates with reporting and writing backgrounds at their school newspapers or elsewhere-for 10-week paid summer internships in our New York City office. The internships are an opportunity to get hands-on experience working alongside some of the best opinion writers and editors in the world.
Our internships-formally, the Bartley Fellowships-honor our section's former editor, Robert L. (Bob) Bartley. Opportunities will be awarded to young thinkers and writers who intend to pursue a career in journalism or cultural criticism.
The Books interns are among several fellows selected each year through an application process that is overseen by senior editors. Bartley Fellows will be assigned to a department within the Opinion section-Arts in Review; Book Reviews; or Features (Op-Eds and Columns). The fellow(s) selected to work with the Books teams will assist in commissioning reviews, researching, fact-checking and editing content for the print and digital editions of the Journal, contributing to social media and digital production, and will be encouraged to submit their own ideas for exhibitions or other cultural events to review. They may also submit ideas for articles or projects to editors in any part of the Opinion section.
Internships are paid, and generally take place during June, July and August, though start dates can be flexible.
Guidelines and Application Deadline
Though a reporting and/or writing background is a plus, the fellowship is primarily an editing internship. Therefore applicants should have experience editing arts or arts-related copy for their college newspaper, literary magazine, or a comparable publication. Students from any discipline may apply, but preference will be granted to those concentrating in literature, history, a foreign language, classics, pre-law, music, theater, art history, studio art, architecture, philosophy, political science or archaeology-via coursework (though not necessarily a major) or sustained leisure-time activity.
An appreciation for both the Western and non-Western canons is desirable, as is an understanding of current issues in the arts. A demonstrated ability to multitask and meet daily deadlines is critical for success, as is attention to detail and a focus on accuracy. Applicants should be familiar with technology as it relates to journalism. Social media experience with a publication or brand would be a plus.
Applicants who are able to demonstrate familiarity with our section's content will be especially attractive (student applicants without campus-wide access to the WSJ can purchase discounted subscriptions at https://www.wsj.com/studentoffer).
If you'd like to be considered, please submit the following in one single, complete PDF file:
- A cover letter
- Your resume
- Links to or cited full text of your best clips
- Your response to the following prompt in no more than 800 words:
Make a case for any book of your choosing on history, fiction or nonfiction. (Examples: https://www.wsj.com/news/types/bookshelf)
All materials must be received by November 29, 2021. Only complete applications will be considered. Only applicants who are selected for final consideration will be interviewed. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we endeavor to make selections by the end of January.
About Book Reviews at The Wall Street Journal
Books criticism is recognized at the Journal as an Editorial Page function, and as such operates under the umbrella of the Opinion section. Like the rest of the Opinion section, in our book reviews we believe in rendering clear, independent judgments that are as well argued as they are deeply informed.
The Journal's Book reviews are among the most timely, most widely read and most influential in American literary journalism. Our daily reviews are part of the Opinion section, and focus on nonfiction books of interest to ambitious readers of politics, business, science, religion and the issues of the day. Our weekend reviews, which make up a stand-alone six-page Books section in print, offer judicious criticism of the best of the week's new titles in a broad cross-section of subject areas, from the fine arts and literary fiction to popular culture, narrative nonfiction, children's books and more. In all we do, our goal is simple: to cut through the noise of hype and publicity to identify true excellence in publishing--and then match it with excellence in reviewing.
About Bob Bartley
Throughout his 30 years as The Wall Street Journal's Editorial Page Editor, Bob Bartley inspired principled and original thinking that changed and shaped the society in which we all live. He also devoted attention to teaching and motivating talented young people, many of whom have gone on to careers in journalism at the Journal and elsewhere. The Bartley fellowships are consistent with that legacy.
Bob Bartley achieved many honors during his long tenure here, including a Pulitzer Prize and, shortly before his death in December 2003, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In awarding that medal, President Bush cited Bob as 'one of the most influential journalists in American history.' The Robert L. Bartley fellowships will help to perpetuate not just Bob's memory but, above all, the principles and priorities to which he devoted his distinguished career.
About the Opinion Section
Following the American newspaper practice, the heads of News and Editorial report independently to the publisher of the Journal and CEO of Dow Jones, Almar Latour. The Editorial staff is responsible for the Opinion content published on WSJ.com, the editorial and op-ed pages of The Wall Street Journal in print, and criticism of books and the arts, which are recognized at the Journal as an Opinion function.
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