Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Dallas Morning News

Summer 2015 

Position: Interactive Storytelling Intern
Student: IRG Senior

Interactive Storytelling Intern for The Dallas Morning News. That’s an awesome title, but what exactly does it mean? When I started the internship, I really didn’t have much of an idea either, but after 12 weeks spent working with the best team I’ve ever encountered I can tell you about it. As an interactive storytelling producer you’re going to be coding and creating digital story presentations for all kinds of stories in the newsroom.

If you’re familiar with newspapers, a lot of these stories are going to be longer features or enterprise stories. They come from all different sections. This past summer the first piece I designed an interactive for was about a bridge. I went on to do work on presentations for pieces about classic American novels, local comics, Ukrainian orphans and more. In this role you’ll be able to grow as a coder. I came in with HTML; some knowledge of CSS, and then the languages I carried from my engineering background (assembly, C, C+). I had never worked with JavaScript or jQuery, but I was able to learn those along the way and then implement them into my design.

What’s really great about this particular internship is that you really do have a lot of room fro creativity, trial and error, self-exploration. I learned more in this internship than I had ever before. I was able to do a side social media project that set up social media accounts for the interns to share our work and tell other people about the program. I was also able to design new logos for all the flagship Twitter accounts.My favorite project that I got to work on was a homepage for all the photographers and then branching pages for each individual photographer to showcase their best work.

Generally, you’ll get there at 9 a.m. and work until 5 p.m. you’ll go to meetings discussing what’s coming up and what you’re working on. Then you’ll code. When lunchtime comes, go eat with your team, and eat with the other interns sometimes. Every week you’ll have a brown bag lunch where you get to hear from some of the top reporters on topics like covering a beat, digging through data, and ethics. You’ll also get to meet with the publisher. Be honest and participate. This really is the best internship program in the nation.

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