What will I do on the Journalism internship?
In Shanghai, you’ll work at an entertainment, lifestyle, or business magazine. You’ll either contribute to the print magazine, the website, or both. Here are a few of the tasks you’ll be involved in:
- Brainstorm potential stories and explore the city while researching your article
- Compile a well written article that will captivate your audience
- Take numerous photographs that will accompany your story
- Edit and proofread news stories before sending the final draft to publication
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Brainstorm potential stories and explore the city while researching your article
If you have great ideas that can be turned into enticing articles, then pitch these to the publication staff. Once approved, you’ll set out to gather research depending on the topic of your article. Not only will you attend events and conduct interviews to make your story come to life, but you’ll also get to explore the city while doing so.
As a practising journalist, you’ll cover a host of topics. Your stories may include:
- Lifestyle pieces
- Event, museum, theatre, and restaurant reviews
- Sports coverage
- Social news
- Opinion pieces
If you’d prefer to work at a business magazine, you’ll keep the public informed about:
- The latest industrial trends
- Market demands and needs
- Rules and regulations
- Investment opportunities
- Business case studies
Use your initiative and do your own research before arriving in China. Come ready with a list of topics you’d be interested in writing about. The local staff will appreciate your enthusiasm. However, there is always time to come up with new and creative topics during your Journalism internship.
Compile a well written article that will captivate your audience
You’ll assemble the research you have collected and the interview information you have acquired into a well-balanced article. You need to ensure there is a unique angle to the story and that it's relevant and interesting for your target audience.
Take numerous photographs that will accompany your story
Depending on your skills and how comfortable you are behind the camera, you’ll be asked to capture images for the story you are covering. This can include taking photos of the events you attend, the people you interview, and general shots that will strengthen your written story.
Edit and proofread news stories before sending the final draft to publication
Step away from your article and re-read it with fresh eyes after a few hours. Make edits to spelling, grammar, and sentence structure to ensure the smooth flow of your story. You may even decide to shorten paragraphs to ensure the information is direct, and void of irrelevant information that lengthens your article unnecessarily.
Where in China will I work?
On a Journalism placement in China, you’ll work in one of the busiest cities in the world, Shanghai.
Known for its iconic city skyline, Shanghai is a sea of high-rise buildings and skyscrapers. This is an exciting city to work in and there is a constant hive of activity, both in the day and at night. You’ll work in a modern office environment at one of the many well-resourced business or entertainment magazines we partner with.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
China is a vast country so it’s no surprise that it offers a wide variety of different tourist activities. While you’re volunteering, there will be plenty for you to do in the evenings and over the weekends.
What’s extraordinary about China is the contrasts of ancient and modern, rural and urban. You’ll find gleaming skyscrapers, like the Oriental Pearl Tower, only a short distance from the tranquil Yuyuan Garden.
There’s plenty to explore in the city, but it’s also worth taking a trip to the countryside. There you can trek along the breathtaking silk route or visit a Buddhist monastery.
A trip to China wouldn’t be complete without touring the country’s many natural wonders and World Heritage Sites. This includes the Great Wall of China, the Yangtze River, and the Terracotta Army.
With plenty of other volunteers in China, you’ll have the opportunity to travel with others and explore as a group. Or, if you prefer, you’re welcome to do your sightseeing independently.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
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