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[liberationtech] Jazeera's 'The Stream' seeks tech intern

Ale Fernandez skoria at
Fri Aug 19 01:50:29 PDT 2011


I'm sure this must be standard practice, but 100 dollars a week surely 
can't buy much happyness in new york!! And for programming web apps, 
pitching stuff at big meetings and making loads of new kinds of media, 
which isn't easy.

The job description even tries to lay claim to your free time. What kind 
of beast do you have to be to have so much saved money to subsist for 2 
months plus, devoting work and free time to something that might not 
even lead to a job?

It makes me really sad to see this kind of ability so devalued, even 
with the dangling carrot of proper employment in a big media company, as 
much as I like al-jazeera.

I wish they could hire people properly, with a contract allowing for a 
trial period - which I also think is surely standard in some places, or 
at least give food, transport or accomodation...


On 18/08/11 18:26, Ben Connors wrote:
> Hello Lib Tech,
> I thought you all might be able to help me find an intern.
> Please feel free to forward this email to relevant parties.
> Very much appreciated,
> Ben Connors
> @bcatdc
> 202.213.0674
> The Stream | Creative Strategist
> ********************************************
> I'm looking for an intern for a show I helped launch. The show is called
> 'The Stream.' It's a daily talk-show on Al Jazeera English. The show is
> truly groundbreaking in it's adoption of social-media. We don't actually
> describe ourselves as TV but as a Social Network that happens to have a
> daily show.
> The position is for someone interested in the "technical" side of
> things. The intern's duties would include creating motion graphics,
> managing the network of on-set computers, editing interviews and
> uploading content to our various social platforms.
> The show's team is small, young and cohesive. It relies heavily on the
> help and participation of the interns and they are given a large degree
> of responsibility. Our show strives to be VERY inventive, I think of
> myself as the R&D department of the show, and the technical intern will
> be encouraged to spend any free time helping to invent new modes of
> televisual communication.
> That could be creating motion graphics (I'm trying to pioneer the use of
> CSS3 and webkit for live tv), web applications, automating daily tasks…
> Etc. Everyone is encouraged to participate in show's editorial process,
> and while this internship is not an editorial one, the intern will be
> encouraged to pitch stories and to attend all editorial meetings.
> The internship is at the Newseum in downtown Washington DC. The ideal
> intern would be available from 9-5, Monday-Thursday. Al Jazeera offers a
> $100 weekly stipend to all interns. The internship requires a minimum 2
> month commitment and is available immediately (…or as soon as we can
> find an empty chair).
> Here is a link to a great description of the show…
> …here is a link to our website itself…
> <>
> …and of course we're on
> And
> Applicants are encouraged to get in touch and to provide a resume and
> statement of interest.
> Thanks for your time,
> Ben Connors
> @bcatdc
> 202.213.0674
> The Stream | Creative Strategist
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